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Mitai Maori Village Ancient World Experience

  • 75-minute tour of Mitai Maori Village, near Rotorua
  • Learn about Maori culture and the village's history from an indigenous guide
  • Take a walking tour through traditional buildings in the Ngati Whakaue village
Mitai Maori Village Ancient World Experience
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Morning DepartureMost Popular
Enjoy a 75-minute history tour departing in the morning at 11am.
Afternoon Departure
Enjoy a 75-minute history tour departing in the afternoon at 1pm.
Explore the Mitai Maori Village in Rotorua with a native Maori guide on a 75-minute tour that highlights New Zealand's indigenous heritage. Learn about the Ngati Whakaue tribe's cultural practices and beliefs, discover ancient fishing, weapon–making, and natural medicine practices, and sip water from a sacred spring.
What to Expect
Make your own way to Mitai Maori Village to meet your Maori guide for your walking tour. The village is conveniently located only a few minutes from central Rotorua.

Your guide describes daily life for the Ngati Whakaue tribe at the base of Mount Ngongotaha, giving you insight into the ancient traditions of New Zealand (Aotearoa) before the Europeans arrived. See buildings around the village, including the pataka (food storehouse), whare (houses), whakairo (carvings), tu-watawata (palisading), and puhara (watch towers). Discover the uses for native plants and herbs in traditional rongoa (Maori medicine), and how they can cleanse toxins and heal wounds. Hear how Maori hunters utilized trapping tools such as hinaki (nets) and bird troughs to catch prey such as birds, fish and eels.

Visit the sacred spring, Waiwhakarukuhanga-atua (water where gods plunge), and hear legends about the underworld and patupaiarehe (fairies) that descended from Mount Ngongotaha to drink its waters. The Maori priests consulted with the gods at the spring before making plans for the future. Your guide offers you a drink of water from the sacred spring and a taste of rewana (Maori bread) made from a family recipe that has been in the Mitai family for more than one hundred years.

Your tour ends after 75 minutes with return to your starting point.
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1 - 5 of 6 reviews

Reviewed 7 February 2018
Learnt a lot!

A 1.5 hour tour with details of local flora, maori culture, and a pretty cool mud pool! The guides were friendly and knowledgeable. Only found it by the sign off the highway - well worth a visit!

Thank Charlie C
Reviewed 22 January 2018 via mobile
Enjoyed the show, the rest meh

Gained much cultural and historical knowledge within an enjoyable show. The rest was underwhelming. The war canoe, bush walk and glow worms are all on the same 100m path next to a narrow stream. Those in the back of the line could not hear the...More

2  Thank BoW192
Reviewed 22 January 2018
A nice taste of kiwi

We recently visited Mitai Village with some visitors from the UK. The visitors thoroughly enjoyed the experience. I have one suggestion for an improvement (from a kiwi perspective) and this would be to welcome all visitors with a powhiri as we got off the bus...More

1  Thank Samantha210
Reviewed 21 January 2018 via mobile
Great evening

I did the tamaki before but now i now the mitai, they explain everything so you actually learn more about their culture. Althoug the food was fast gone.. it was deliscious you should really try the seafoodchowder. As already told you learn a lot about...More

1  Thank Tim R
Reviewed 4 January 2018
Unforgettable Maori cultural experience in forest setting

Nestled in the forest a short drive from Rotorua town centre, Mitai Maori Village gives visitors a glimpse of Maori culture in pre-colonial Aotearoa. The moment visitors are welcomed into the village by canoe-paddling Maori "warriors" in a densely wooded valley, you feel transported to...More

1  Thank 200hingc
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