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Tamaki Heritage Experience

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Tamaki Heritage Experience

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Tamaki Heritage Experience - Tamaki Heritage Experience. Copyright Tamaki Heritage Experience.

Journey back to a time of proud warriors and ancient traditions. Experience offers ceremonial rituals, powerful cultural performances & hangi feasting.

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In 1989, two young Maori brothers Mike and Doug Tamaki began building a dream… It started with the sale of a Harley Davidson motorcycle for the purchase of a 16-seater mini bus. The vision saw the brothers and their families create a whole new encounter by taking the Maori culture outside of the city limits where they created a pre-European Maori village, 15 minutes south of Rotorua.

Today Tamaki Maori Village thrives within a natural forest environment, offering to both local and international visitors an insight into the Maori culture – like never before!

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Review date:   August 5, 2018 6:14PM
Review:   Great evening of learning about Maori culture. The demonstrations were fun and educational and the dancing and show was great. The buffet dinner was also delicious. The people there truly care about sharing their heritage with the tourists.
Author:   Corinne Scarpa
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Review date:   August 1, 2018 9:26AM
Review:   Absolutely awesome, full of education, amazement and humour. Best part of my trip to NZ so far, lots and love and passion for their culture. Feel extremely lucky to have seen such a wonderful display of Mauri culture.
Author:   Callum Lakez
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Review date:   July 4, 2018 7:25AM
Review:   Most of the experience was fine, but I wasn't feeling well while having the dinner. Cause there were many people, so they make order for every table. You have to wait to get the food until the staff come to say you're OK to go. Which is very fine for me. Then my husband and I wait till a female staff come to our table and say we're OK to go. Then we go of course. But when we start to get a plate there was a make staff come to ask us if it's our turn to get the food with a serious expression look. This made us so uncomfortable! We paid and we follow the rules!!! Why should we have to be treated like this??!!! He's kinda like we didn't follow the rules and cut in the line. WHY??!! Cause we are asain?? Fortunately, the bus driver we had was very friendly and funny. He let us forget that when we get back on his bus.
Author:   Cleo Bai
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Review date:   June 28, 2018 5:58PM
Review:   The cultural history shared by this Whanau is amazing! Make sure you dress warmly! It's an experience that can be attended by all ages as kids and adults both can enjoy. There is entertainment, group interaction and great food.
Author:   Tangi Marshall
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Review date:   April 18, 2018 5:28AM
Review:   I went on the Tamaki Maori Village Cultural Experience Tour. The tour of the Tamaki Maori Village is a must. The people provide so much info about the culture. It is an eye opening experience. The show before dinner was excellent. It's a great experience for adults and children. Family friendly. It gets cold at night so bring a jacket.
Author:   Bianca Lherisson
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