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Māori waka (canoe)

Mitai Māori Night

This evening of Māori culture is both entertaining and educational. The cultural display, performed by a talented local cast, consists of the formal welcome (powhiri), traditional dances and Māori weaponry display, as well as the arrival of the warriors by ancient canoe (waka).

The history and legends of the tribe are relayed through stories and song, and the carvings and tattoo art are explained. This is followed by a traditionally cooked Māori feast (hangi); an impressive, delicious spread consisting of chicken, lamb, kumara and potato cooked in an underground oven, accompanied by fresh salads and breads.

After dinner you can enjoy a guided bush walk to the famous Rainbow/Fairy springs. The glow-worms and well lit springs give the evening a really magical feel as your guide takes you through the medicines, food and other uses of native flora and fauna. Your hosts are incredibly proud of their heritage and eager to answer any questions you may have.

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You can enjoy this activity as part of the suggested tours below, or we can weave it into a trip shaped entirely around you.