Description

Stay A Night At a Real Maori Marae

 

To book for activities in New Zealand click here

Posted by: Jeff the Kiwi – Advisor - 9 October 2011

 

Filed under: Maori Culture, marae stays, Tamaki Maori Village

New Zealand’s Tamaki Maori Village experience in Rotorua started with the proceeds of the sale of a Harley Davidson motorcycle and has since grown into a multi-award-winning tourism attraction.

Now, after an evening watching Maori cultural performances and eating a hangi (feast cooked below ground), visitors don’t have to leave! Instead, the cultural experience loved by international visitors for many years can be extended to an overnight stay in a purpose-built wharemoe (sleeping house). This communal sleeping arrangement is traditional in marae (meeting places) around the country, but has so far not been widely available to visitors.

Although the experience is an authentic taste of New Zealand culture, the facilities will not be as primitive as original wharemoe, with heating and single-sex bathrooms providing modern creature comforts. Guests will have the option of staying on after breakfast to learn more about Maori arts and crafts, or perhaps joining a haka lesson for a more in-depth cultural fix.

“When our visitors step into the full life-sized fortified pa site, we want them to feel spirited back in time,” says Doug Tamaki, Director. “We want to take our visitors on a journey through time, from the great migration right through to the present – so they understand how certain events in our history impacted on our culture, and created the New Zealand we all live in today,” he adds.

Overnight stays will no doubt become popular as many travellers seek to immerse themselves in the unique Maori culture found only in Aotearoa, New Zealand. So go authentic and include an overnight stay in the Tamaki Maori Village when you visit Rotorua!
Photos
Related Articles
New Zealand, Cool things to do in Blenheim
Blenheim, the town of Marlborough region in New Zealand, has a flourishing wine industry.
Categories: Travel Destination 
From Edith
New Zealand, Must See Bay of Islands
This area in the Northland Region of New Zealand is one of the most popular fishing, sailing and tourist destinations in the country.
Categories: Travel Destination 
From Edith
New Zealand, Marlborough
The spectacle of lights, the marvel of the lands, and the splendor of the waters seem to all convene in the astonishing terrains of Marlborough.
Categories: Travel Destination 
From Edith
New Zealand, Save on excess baggage
I am talking about what we call ?Inorganic Day? in this part of the world and it?s one of my favorite days of the year.
Categories: Guides & Sightseeing 
From someone
New Zealand, Blenheim Fine Wine Experience
Blenheim is the largest municipality in the region of Marlborough, which is a wine growing region in the northeast of the South Island of New Zealand.
Categories: Travel Destination 
From Edith