Tamaki Maori Village

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Gaudenz Schnell

Switzerland

Ranking: 4/10

Was a special experience. But far to expensive for what it is. Price is not justified. Dissapointing. Simply commerce.

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in February 2019

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Bjorn Nielsen

Denmark

Ranking: 8/10

We could be picked up almost anywhere, which was nice. We saw the village, we interacted with the people there and we had a great feast. I recommend this very much.

Reviewed about 3 years ago and experienced in December 2016

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Gretha

Netherlands

Ranking: 10/10

The best experience of our holiday until now. The cultural activities and the Hangi, everything was fantastic.

Reviewed about 3 years ago and experienced in December 2016

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Jessica Freeland

United Kingdom

Ranking: 6/10

Fascinating experience but there are so many visitors bussed out there and it is so efficiently run that it taints the authenticity of the experience somewhat.

Reviewed about 3 years ago and experienced in December 2016

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Tome

Israel

Ranking: 8/10

The Maori Villagers explained about their lifestyle and ways of living in a very interactive way that made the crowd be involved and experience it with them. Very nice driver who waited for us when needed.

Reviewed about 3 years ago and experienced in November 2016

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Rachael and Nik

United States

Ranking: 8/10

Small 'maori' village, a little old, informative. Super touristy, all you can eat buffet was good. Traditional hangi meal.

Reviewed almost 4 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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Pat Dye

United States

Ranking: 7/10

Good, a bit expensive. Enjoyed the Village and dances mainly.

Reviewed about 4 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Martina Cervenkova

Denmark

Ranking: 9/10

Great opportunity to get closer to the Maori lifestyle. Nice performance, great food, very interesting.

Reviewed about 4 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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Elizabeth Nash

England

Ranking: 8/10

We wanted to do a Maori experience - this one was all we could have hoped for. Learning the Haka, food (hangi) from the ground and fun activities. However, only downside, felt a bit like sheep as lots of tourists!

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in November 2015

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Ebony Reed

Ranking: 10/10

It was one of the best experiences I have ever had. The food was amazing and we learnt so much about the Maori culture. The performance was amazing and powerful and their was some eye candy on the stage extra bonus points. I recommend this maori experience to anyone and I would go back a second time

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Damaris Mayer

Germany

Ranking: 7/10

Too expensive: tour should have taken 3 hours, was 2 and a half and more than half the time was spent for dinner. Not much information about Maori culture was given.

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in January 2015

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Emma Keegan

Australia

Ranking: 8/10

Loved this but was a shame about the weather.
Make sure if it is cold that you expect it to be freezing at village. So wear covered shoes and long pants and a jacket.
Was a little wet and windy as we were outside for some demonstrations.
Food was beautiful but be sure you eat something prior to going as it is quite a while before you sit down to eat meal.
Awesome Haka, singing, dancing and explanations of history.

Reviewed about 5 years ago

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Blandine Giusti

France

Ranking: 8/10

Nice performance, nice food at the end, just a bit expensive.

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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Sanne Meijer

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

Awesome experience, very touristic and quite expensive. But very impressive and interesting (and the food was great!)

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Laura

Finland

Ranking: 8/10

You go to a village where they show you how they lived ages ago before Europeans arrived. They made you a huge dinner in the end and it is delicious!

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Charlotte Casey

Ireland

Ranking: 9/10

Very well organised and enjoyable. Good food.

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Jean Curry

Canada

Ranking: 9/10

Excellent evening. Very informative and FUN!

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Joanna Mulcahy

United Kingdom

Ranking: 7/10

Slightly overpriced and touristy but I was in the minority who felt this. Enjoyed a beautiful hangi meal though.

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Libby

Australia

Ranking: 9/10

A good show, good food and interesting.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Lea Darotchetche

France

Ranking: 9/10

We spent a very good evening at the Tamaki Village. We learnt a lot about Maori Culture and we enjoyed taking part in the activities. The show was very good and dinner as well. A little bit expensive for backpackers.

Reviewed about 6 years ago

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Marco Newald

Germany

Ranking: 7/10

Very good but there are too many people. It feels more like theatre.

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in January 2014

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Magdalene Zech

Germany

Ranking: 7/10

Very expensive, however the dinner was very delicious and you can eat as much as you want. The presentation of the Maori culture in the theatre was interesting and well presented.

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in January 2014

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Brian

United States

Ranking: 8/10

Really liked the show and the cultural demonstrations. The people are very friendly. Good food and plenty of it. My wife suggest a snack before you go as the meal was served at about 9 P.M.

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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Selina Lott

Germany

Ranking: 7/10

Good food, but really expensive and totally touristic.

Reviewed almost 7 years ago and experienced in February 2013

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Silvia-Marie Bront

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Great food!

Reviewed about 7 years ago

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Guillot

France

Ranking: 8/10

Interesting but we speak english very badly so we do not understand the explanations.

Reviewed about 7 years ago and experienced in February 2013

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Jill Fischer

United States

Ranking: 10/10

We carefully deliberated about which cultural experience to attend and chose Tamaki for its peaceful location in the forest south of Rotorua. We had a wonderful bus trip from town to the Village where were were educated with humor by our driver with about the traditions and we were formed into a tribe under "Chief Bob". It was an honor to observe/participate in the welcoming ceremony and to be educated as to what was to be our culturally appropriate response. We were escorted through the village and respectfully given the opportunity to "volunteer" to participate in a variety of activities. It was a lot of fun to learn games and skills designed to teach and refine skills essential for the tribes to function and succeed. We also learned much about the native arts of things such as carving and tatooing. Teaching the men the art of the Haka was a highlight! It was interesting to see the earthen ovens and to see the food removed from the earth. It was a privilege to have the members of this family share with us the traditions of their music and movement followed by a delicious meal. It was an enjoyable and entertaining evening. Any experience that touches and moves you and changes you in some way is a good thing! Thank you Tamaki Maori Village for warmly welcoming us and for sharing your ways. We hope to return one day.

Reviewed about 7 years ago and experienced in February 2013

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Bonnie and David Appleby

Australia

Ranking: 9/10

We had a very short one week trip to the North Island only of NZ and one of the most interesting experiences along the way was our visit to the Tamaki Maori Village. Our bus driver was DENNIS (the Menace...his own added comment)...which gives you an indication of how entertaining our journey to the Village was. He was able to weave his humour in amongst all the cultural and historical information that he gave us along the way, making the trip interesting and enjoyable. The traditional ancient ceremonial welcome to the Village was spellbinding and humbling, the seriousness and sincerity of its performance is something to remember for a lifetime. As we toured through the village, it was very well organized to accommodate the number of visitors and allow you to be able to witness or take part in the cultural displays being presented, smooth flowing from one exhibit to another. The entertainment was authentic and heart moving to experience, beautiful, powerful singing and dancing and then the plentiful feast afterwards was delicious. (Although a demonstration of the actually cooking/removing of the earth from the hangi pit would have been wonderful to see). Once again, the organization by the staff – always patient and courteous - and the smooth flowing of so many visitors amazed me and made our visit truly a wonderful memory.
Thank you DENNIS for sharing with us a part of your culture, which in itself was displayed by your patient, kind and humorous nature.

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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Kyle Guffei

Canada

Ranking: 10/10

This cultural experience was well worth it. The hangi was impressive and very delicious.

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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Farrell Burns

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Was a great way to experience Maori culture. Had the most amazing time. Our bus driver was awesome and the knowledge he shared about the area was amazing. The tour guide, village tour and show were absolutely wonderful. And the food was delectable.

Thanks Tamaki Whanau for an amazing experience

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in January 2013

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Sascha Warnken

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Excellent display of maori culture and tradititions. This is a true gem of cultural information. The food was great and of a grade standard. A totally recommended activity !!!!!

Reviewed over 7 years ago

Tamaki Maori Village - Rotorua responds:

Thank you Sacha for your awesome rank!
I will pass on your kind words to our cultural performers and team!

Kia ora
Sarah

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Steven Hill

United Kingdom

Ranking: 7/10

A bit touristy, meal not very good.

Reviewed almost 8 years ago and experienced in March 2012

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Be Groen

Netherlands

Ranking: 6/10

We found the Maori way of presenting over the top, food was very nice though.

Reviewed almost 8 years ago and experienced in March 2012

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Sig Schrattner

Canada

Ranking: 10/10

Do not remember the name but based on brochure it is #1 in New Zealand. Fully agree, great to see New Zealand heritage and the pride the first people of New Zealand have in their country. Wish the canadian first nation would take a similar approach. Money well spent.

Reviewed about 8 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Ozgla

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Nice show, good insight into Maori culture, funny and good food.

Reviewed about 8 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Simon Fry

England

Ranking: 9/10

Good value with meal included. I really enjoyed the oppotunity to get involved and attempt a haka.

Reviewed about 8 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Christian Apfel

Germany

Ranking: 4/10

Dinner lousy, bus trip too long, 45min waiting, too many people.

Reviewed about 8 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Fleur & Nils

Netherlands

Ranking: 6/10

The traditional open ceremony was nice to witness. The show with dance and music were also worthwhile, the dinner was too busy and not impressive - and all too expensive!!

Reviewed about 8 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Eltel

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

How good is this? Mark driving the bus was a scream. Fantastic fun. I loved being a chief for the evening and still call myself the chief.

Reviewed about 8 years ago

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David Blundell

England

Ranking: 10/10

Evening visit to a Maori village. Driver very informative, pleasant. The Maori 'performers' were brilliant, answering questions, performing dance, song etc. Very good meal too. Highly recommend.

Reviewed about 8 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Gillian Rowe

Canada

Ranking: 10/10

'Mark' a fantastic driver. Whole experience was terrific.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Dick van Doorn

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

Well organised, gives an insight (slightly) into Maori life.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Willem & Lilian

Netherlands

Ranking: 4/10

Too commerical, not enough respect for the real Maori culture. Dance performance was nice.

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in November 2011

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Ross Cooke

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

Picked up on time - bus driver great. Fantastic entertainment. All staff very enthusiastic - great night.

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in November 2011

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Eri & Udo Seifert

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

A very good idea.

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in November 2011

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Andreas & Sonja

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Evening tour and hangi. Time was a little too short. Great cultural show and the driver (Ngata) was great fun.

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in November 2011

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JadesWorld

Germany

Ranking: 3/10

It's a tourist attraction and in Germany we would say it's a "Kaffeefahrt".

Pro:
- you get some information about their culture

Con:
- too many people (4 big full busses)
- bus driver who is driving you nuts
- too touristic

Just on a side note - there are 4 buses with around 25 tourists, each paying a whooping 100 dollars for that show. That makes 10.000 dollars for just one night. Not a bad taking for some singing, dancing and less than average food ;)

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Caroline & Jochen

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Interesting and nice evening with a lot of information about their culture.

Reviewed about 9 years ago and experienced in February 2011

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Guult Ryan

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Fairly expensive but one of the best nights I have had.

Reviewed about 9 years ago and experienced in March 2011

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Dave Patterson

Canada

Ranking: 9/10

Food was smoky tasting but authentic.

Reviewed about 9 years ago and experienced in March 2011

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Peter & Angela Brown

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Visited Maori village - excellent. Explanation of Maori life and culture. Great show - singing and haka. Then food prepared in volcanic stones in the ground. Wonderful stuff - not at all tacky.

Reviewed about 9 years ago

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Clemens

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

Actually better than we thought, nice singing and dancing, very long tongues (9 points), Our baby was screaming like mad, people very helpful.

Reviewed about 9 years ago

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Fam de Kruyf

Netherlands

Ranking: 7/10

A real tourist attraction. Nice but not more than that.

Reviewed about 9 years ago

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Carolin

Germany

Ranking: 5/10

Quite expensive for what you get! Too many people, show was good and hangi too.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Ronald Lippett

England

Ranking: 8/10

A very pleasant and interesting all round experience.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Justin Pearce

Australia

Ranking: 8/10

Way way too many people. Excellent meal, performance and displays. Bus ride was incredible.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Tanner

Switzerland

Ranking: 10/10

In Rotorua we visited a Maori show. Although a show just for tourists, it was worth seeing. Maori culture, dancing etc was very interesting for us. Worth seeing it.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Nadja

Switzerland

Ranking: 9/10

Interesting, especially the show at the end. The food cooked in the steam would have been more interesting if involved in the cooking. More information about the culture and life structure would have been interesting.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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J G Groeneveld

Netherlands

Ranking: 3/10

Much too touristic. Hangi meal was ok. But the hidden village was all vague. Not real.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Ann Thompson

England

Ranking: 9/10

Although seemed expensive, very good value as taken by bus, given tradition welcome, just time to see the crafts demonstrated before concert and hangi meal. Eat as much as you want - meat, fish, salad, desert - excellent food.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Michelle Booty

England

Ranking: 9/10

Thouroughly enjoyed this trip. Was great to see where and how the Maoris lived. They were very informative in the village, explaing different parts of Maori life, e.g. tatoos. The hungi was amazing with a large selection of food. Although I was massively inpressed, my boyfriend who is a kiwi was disappointed with the poor efforts of the costume and also the fact that their spears were actually just wooden sticks.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Andreas

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Very friendly, much cheaper than the state owned outfits. Great value for the money.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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F Horrex

United Kingdom

Ranking: 4/10

Hangi meal. Evening just ok. As for the price you can get cheaper Maori performances and food. Just ok.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Rosey834

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

I was on a coach tour around NZ. Like others, thought the hangi(feast) was OK. However, the rest was excellent. The meeting with the Maori warriors was great as was the walk through the village. When I posed for a photo with a warrior he took the time to look at my name badge and use my name when he spoke with me. At other activities, they did not even though I had my badge on every time. Sends very positive vibes. Show was also excellent. Ngata, the bus driver, was amazing. He will keep you on your toes and laughing. Boy, will he keep you on your toes. Whatever he is on, I want some of it!

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Papu

United States

Ranking: 8/10

Hangi was ok, but the show and the shuttle driver's (Ngata) was amazing. Would totally recommend!

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Peter Ritu

Denmark

Ranking: 10/10

We sea and drive Waka'en, Te Wero, Marae,
Wharemui, dinner, eat, wharekai
Maori village

Reviewed about 10 years ago and experienced in January 2010

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Don Keith

Australia

Ranking: 8/10

Good show ordinary hangi.

Reviewed about 10 years ago

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Silke Seemann

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

Engaged people; impressed village and performance, but overcrowded.

Reviewed about 10 years ago

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GH_Herrebrugh

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

Good organisation, nice experience, not a real hangi.

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in February 2009

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Klass

Netherlands

Ranking: 9/10

Very entertaining and good food. Very well organised. Give a nice view of the Maori culture.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Tony Killingray

United Kingdom

Ranking: 6/10

Not bad - pick up transport from Top 10 great

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Ann Grandchamp

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Amazing! Fully worth the money. Visit of traditinal Maori village, great music ad dance show. Delicious hangi (Maori meal cooked in the earth) mmmm.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Daryl Taylor

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

A little fake and laid on for tourists, but worth it.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Susann Koschmeider

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

The whole trip / evening is an experience of a lifetime- a bit touristy - but we are tourists. Great (a lot of) food, very good entertainment throughout the evening.

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in November 2009

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Fer Bonsel

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

Interesting

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in November 2009

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Antje & Sascha Häusler

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Maori cultural village very interesting, folelonic presentation alright, Hangi meal very nice, all in all very interesting

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in November 2009

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pthreadgood

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

Good show and Hangi. Bus pick up also very good.

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in December 2009

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warrenp

New Zealand

Ranking: 9/10

Thought the evening show and Hangi was excellent.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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MV Vroenhoven

Netherlands

Ranking: 7/10

A must for every visitor.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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dirkdev

Netherlands

Ranking: 9/10

Good show and the story of the maori's was great. And a great driver!!

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Robert Wolf

Netherlands

Ranking: 6/10

This tour was too massive for our liking and looked like a show instead if storytelling.

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in April 2009

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SBlake

England

Ranking: 5/10

Maori show very touristy and commercialised. Not enough info on culture, history, religion etc. Food ok. Disappointing.

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in March 2009

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BernardK

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

You learn about Maori history, and then you see the haka and have a hangi.

Reviewed almost 11 years ago and experienced in March 2009

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KYinNZ

United States

Ranking: 3/10

Not impressed at all. Mass tourism at its worst but gave a little insight into Maori culture...

Reviewed almost 11 years ago

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JuergenW

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Excellent entertainment. Good information about Maori's.

Reviewed about 11 years ago and experienced in March 2009

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MattEngland

England

Ranking: 7/10

Highly comercialised with upwards of 300 people per tour. Hilarious bus driver helps make it feel a bit more personal. Very tasty meal.

Reviewed about 11 years ago and experienced in February 2009

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TatiamT

United States

Ranking: 6/10

Very touristy, but not in a good way. People were nice though. The bust ride back was the best, and it was very fun.

Reviewed about 11 years ago and experienced in February 2009

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Laura

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

Really enjoyable - people really friendly.

Reviewed about 11 years ago and experienced in April 2009

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LowerD

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

Good insight into their culture. Difficult to keep the standard up time after time. But overall pretty good community singing at the end.

Reviewed about 11 years ago

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Johannes Kerner

Germany

Ranking: 2/10

Very fake, your classical "dress up the natives and let them dance for money" show.... I believe it's owned by locan Maori and it's disappointing that this is the impression they want to give of their culture... BIG business, busloads of tourists...

Reviewed about 11 years ago and experienced in March 2009

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Ingrid Thijssen

Netherlands

Ranking: 10/10

Very good and nice place. Good show. It best I have seen!!!!! Good food and realy Maori people

Reviewed about 11 years ago

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MartinG

France

Ranking: 6/10

Maybe to fast, I don't know why but I was not totaly satatisfied by the show (good food) I'd like to learn more Maori culture.

Reviewed about 11 years ago and experienced in February 2009

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straw64

New Zealand

Ranking: 4/10

... I guess the previous reviews give an accurate indication of the quality! Yes it is fake, Yes it is exploitation of the Maori Culture, Yes it is touristy ... Most Cultural Shows in Rotorua are! There are "better Touristy Cultural performances" in Rotorua!!

Reviewed about 11 years ago and experienced in December 2002

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FrancesG

United States

Ranking: 5/10

Slightly touristy, but very interesting.

Reviewed about 11 years ago

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SarahK

United States

Ranking: 7/10

To touristy. It was interesting, but not enough context.

Reviewed about 11 years ago

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AndyK

United States

Ranking: 7/10

Touristy, interesting though.

Reviewed about 11 years ago

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PellucoFrance

France

Ranking: 6/10

Not much time to discover the village and ask some questions about Maori Culture.

Reviewed about 11 years ago

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AbigailB

United States

Ranking: 5/10

Fun times but felt very fake at times.

Reviewed about 11 years ago and experienced in February 2009

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KonterR

Netherlands

Ranking: 5/10

Very commercial, poor performance.

Reviewed about 11 years ago

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david

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Very good value for money.

Reviewed over 11 years ago

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Anna

England

Ranking: 9/10

Good evening learning more about the Maori culture, lovely meal at the end of the night.

Reviewed over 11 years ago

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Hayley

England

Ranking: 10/10

Amazing food! And a real insight into how the Maori's live/lived. Definitely worth the money.

Reviewed over 11 years ago

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Abigail

England

Ranking: 9/10

Was a great way to learn a bit about the Maori culture. Was very interesting & I learnt a lot in the 3 hours. The hangi cooked food was the best bit!

Reviewed over 11 years ago

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Tom

England

Ranking: 8/10

Really good experience. If you're interested in Maori Culture then its a good insight into it and even if you're not then it's a good meal it's fun to watch!

Reviewed over 11 years ago

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Yunker

Switzerland

Ranking: 9/10

Very helpful introduction to New Zealand culture. I really enjoyed it bit it all went a bit fast at the end.

Reviewed over 11 years ago

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Tessa

England

Ranking: 10/10

Interesting to see an insight into the aori culture. Helpful staff, fun bus ride, great food, lively atmosphere.

Reviewed over 11 years ago

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Marianne

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

Very nice evening with great food. You don't want to miss out.

Reviewed over 11 years ago

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Simon

Ranking: 10/10

Brilliant experience. Happy & helpful staff - great momo food.

Reviewed over 11 years ago

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Hazel

Ireland

Ranking: 9/10

Very entertaining and more than enough food. Was informative.

Reviewed over 11 years ago

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Amy

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

The whole evening was amazing!

Reviewed over 11 years ago

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Hannah

England

Ranking: 7/10

Very interesting - great hangi food!

Reviewed over 11 years ago

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Jasmine

Canada

Ranking: 10/10

Great! View into the culture, guide was fantastic!

Reviewed over 11 years ago

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Sarah

Canada

Ranking: 10/10

Unique experience. Hangi meat was so delicious!

Reviewed over 11 years ago

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Sabrina

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

Got picked up from holiday park. Good entertainment, excellent food, price $100 - rather high, too much of a rush especially towards the end (after dinner)!!

Reviewed over 11 years ago

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Annemyn

Netherlands

Ranking: 4/10

Too expensive for what you get, too full of tourists, too much people.

Reviewed over 11 years ago

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Nick & Jess

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

Wonderful guide, incredible experience, delicious food. This comes highly recommended!

Reviewed over 11 years ago

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hanna_and_matt

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Awesome fun! Great insight, friendly people and a meal to die for!!!!

Reviewed over 11 years ago

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Zachari

Germany

Ranking: 7/10

Maori Village experience. Nice entertaining and good eating.

Reviewed over 11 years ago

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mehunt

Canada

Ranking: 9/10

Terrific experience. Our bus driver had an incredible gift of languages. The show and Hangi were both enjoyable.

Reviewed over 11 years ago

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Trine

Denmark

Ranking: 9/10

Very good concert and the hangi tasted great.

Reviewed over 11 years ago

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Paula

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Really good fun and the food was great.

Reviewed over 11 years ago

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Lisa

Ireland

Ranking: 10/10

Gorgeous food, very friendly. Great fun on bus on the way there and home again.

Reviewed over 11 years ago

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Marie

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Excellent - lots of fun, and a great experience. Food was great - eat as much as you want!

Reviewed over 11 years ago

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Ben

England

Ranking: 10/10

Bus driver was amazing - he spoke 56 languages! Concert was un-believable.

Reviewed over 11 years ago

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Kristina

Germany

Ranking: 7/10

Lots of people took too many photos with flashes so it was hard to get in the right mood. There was less than an hour for the hangi.

Reviewed over 11 years ago

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Chris

Ireland

Ranking: 10/10

Great experience. Driver (Mark) greeted us in 56 languages! Concert with Haka was amazing.

Reviewed over 11 years ago

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Lara

England

Ranking: 9/10

Brilliant! Very well done. Staff very keen to please & introduce tourists to Maori history and culture. Fab food!

Reviewed almost 12 years ago

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Kay

England

Ranking: 10/10

Hangi is lovely food. Well worth the money.

Reviewed almost 12 years ago

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Niamh

Ireland

Ranking: 10/10

Really good show and top food.

Reviewed almost 12 years ago

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Annabelle

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

Had a fantastic time and learned lots.... and that was even before we got to the food!Great value, considering what you get. Our bonus was a crazy bus driver with a penchant for going "round the Mulberry bush" at roundabouts!

Reviewed almost 12 years ago

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Galen

United States

Ranking: 3/10

Learned about Maori History but it was commercialised and fakish.

Reviewed over 12 years ago

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Ovin

United States Minor Outlying Islands

Ranking: 9/10

Really interesting Maori culture and geological stuff.

Reviewed over 12 years ago

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Anna

Canada

Ranking: 10/10

Great show.

Reviewed over 12 years ago

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Ted Sebastian

Canada

Ranking: 8/10

Good energy, fun, educational, and food was much better than expected.

Reviewed over 12 years ago

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Jessica Jahn

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

Good way to show people the traditional way of NZ. Can see the haka, the old village and eat hangi food. Interesting to see how Maori lived past and present.

Reviewed over 12 years ago

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Bernie

Ireland

Ranking: 10/10

Tamaki.

Reviewed over 12 years ago

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Nick

England

Ranking: 7/10

Nicely done though obviously pretty commercialised. Food afterwards was good. People were good fun. Reasonable value for money for an evening out.

Reviewed over 12 years ago

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Alexandra Vogeli

Switzerland

Ranking: 9/10

Really good! Meal tasted really good. This was great, but very much a show..

Reviewed over 12 years ago

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Corina

Germany

Ranking: 3/10

Too touristy. Amateur dancers. Maori experience was far better at the Auckland Museum and far less expensive.

Reviewed over 12 years ago

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Peter

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

A little bit touristic.

Reviewed over 12 years ago

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Tina Daly

Ireland

Ranking: 9/10

Very staged, but brilliant - I loved it! Put on a really good show, got the crowd involved, great food! Expensive, but worth it.

Reviewed over 12 years ago

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Peter Aston

England

Ranking: 9/10

Wished the show would've been longer! Perhaps they try to process too many people in each group - conveyer belt style. Though the show was really well performed.

Reviewed over 12 years ago

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Georgina Mulligan

England

Ranking: 6/10

Very Hollywood, cattle farm feel. Really lovely people, but quite a production line. Live museum part was quite bizarre.

Reviewed over 12 years ago

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Ginny

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Touristy, though we really enjoyed it. Dignified and heartfelt performances considering the numbers they see coming through. To keep that level of enthusiasm up is brilliant. Really moving.

Reviewed over 12 years ago

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Bethany Webster

United States

Ranking: 8/10

Very good. Pretty commercialised - they see 600 people a day! But they managed a personalised feel.

Reviewed over 12 years ago

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Elle

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Really interesting cultural experience.

Reviewed over 12 years ago

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Hanna

Sweden

Ranking: 2/10

A little bit expensive for the experience and far too many people in a smallish area. Seemed like there were 4 bus loads there. Nice welcome ceremony though.

Reviewed over 12 years ago

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Maree

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

An excellent evening. Great entertainment + info about the culture. Yummy food.

Reviewed over 12 years ago

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Orlaith

Ireland

Ranking: 7/10

A bit 'plastic paddy'. Food and warriors are great though.

Reviewed over 12 years ago

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Lisa

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Show was really good and the food was fab - don't eat for hours before you go.

Reviewed over 12 years ago

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paulonline

Ranking: 9/10

Lots of people, yeah, 'cause words out that this is a quality tour. Don't want to spoil any surprises, but this tour has a few small touches that others don't. My tips of the day; Arrive hungry, Have a song from your home country ready to sing (just in case).

Reviewed over 12 years ago

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Eric P

Canada

Ranking: 5/10

Too fast paced, rushed, touristy. Great food hence the 5.

Reviewed over 12 years ago

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Melissa Steedman

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

Brilliant - this was the best. Great food, great experience.

Reviewed over 12 years ago

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Andre Obineche

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

I was the chief! (apparently one of the best)

Reviewed over 12 years ago

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Laura Sutton

England

Ranking: 9/10

Too many people.

Reviewed over 12 years ago

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Hayley

England

Ranking: 8/10

Very good.

Reviewed over 12 years ago

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Linda Mulryan

Ireland

Ranking: 9/10

Excellent. Lovely (and lots of) food.

Reviewed over 12 years ago

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Maruja

Netherlands

Ranking: 9/10

Good food, nice people.

Reviewed over 12 years ago

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Heike Julia

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

Well organised, food was very good, crazy bus driver! He explained Kia Ora in 50 languages and knows all the national anthems!

Reviewed over 12 years ago

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Gav

England

Ranking: 3/10

Aweful and plastic.

Reviewed over 12 years ago

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Seldam

Netherlands

Ranking: 7/10

We found it quite touristy, but our young son loved it.

Reviewed over 12 years ago

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Mel

Canada

Ranking: 8/10

Great food. Feels a little forced.

Reviewed over 12 years ago

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Kay

United Kingdom

Ranking: 7/10

Good fun. Learned more off Auckland museum cultural show.

Reviewed over 12 years ago

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Gerber Liselotte

Switzerland

Ranking: 8/10

Really good group of people.

Reviewed over 12 years ago

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Abbey

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Hangi was really good. They showed us poi and haka. Really interesting and encouraged questions.

Reviewed over 12 years ago

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Orla

Ireland

Ranking: 9/10

Brilliant. If missing home cooking go there. Food alone worth it. Worth going to learn some culture.

Reviewed over 12 years ago

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Willemien

Netherlands

Ranking: 7/10

A little bit Disney..

Reviewed over 12 years ago

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Bridgy

Ireland

Ranking: 10/10

Cultural evening.

Reviewed almost 13 years ago and experienced in May 2007

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Miles

England

Ranking: 9/10

Very knowledgeable driver and staff. Great food and overall experience. Slightly expensive but worth doing.

Reviewed almost 13 years ago and experienced in April 2007

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Helen

Canada

Ranking: 8/10

Really enjoyed it, learned lots.

Reviewed almost 13 years ago and experienced in April 2007

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LauraMarini

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

Very entertaining evening and excellent food. Sometimes felt a little rushed - not enough time to look at some of the displays.

Reviewed almost 13 years ago and experienced in April 2007

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Valerie

Ireland

Ranking: 9/10

Food is beautiful (hangi), they prepare it all themselves. Set in a forest at night, watch them perform the haka - really good night.

Reviewed almost 13 years ago and experienced in April 2007

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TrineLyst

Denmark

Ranking: 7/10

Informative and interesting. Good if you don't have alot of time to learn about maori culture. Nice meal. Too expensive.

Reviewed almost 13 years ago and experienced in March 2007

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Elena Babitcheva

Russian Federation

Ranking: 9/10

It is an experience rather than a lesson about culture.

Reviewed almost 13 years ago and experienced in March 2007

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Maninder

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

Good night! Bit quick and pricey but unique experience.

Reviewed almost 13 years ago and experienced in March 2007

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JonathanBayle

England

Ranking: 10/10

Amazing time

Reviewed almost 13 years ago and experienced in March 2007

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Rietveld

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

Very Touristy.
Too many people for one show.
Food was good.

Reviewed almost 13 years ago and experienced in March 2007

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LeaDeJong

Netherlands

Ranking: 4/10

Too commercial.

Reviewed almost 13 years ago and experienced in February 2007

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Johanne

Denmark

Ranking: 3/10

Too commercial.

Reviewed almost 13 years ago and experienced in February 2007

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johan

Netherlands

Ranking: 5/10

It was a good show. It was good to see a former village of Maori.

Reviewed almost 13 years ago and experienced in February 2007

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ranker_410

Ranking: 10/10

Great way to experience maori culture. The hangi dinner is just awesome.

Reviewed almost 13 years ago and experienced in February 2007

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Kylie

England

Ranking: 9/10

Excellent Maori experience. Everybody is really friendly and the food was delicious.

Reviewed almost 13 years ago and experienced in January 2007