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Many travellers to New Zealand who experience great Maori hospitality at Tamaki Maori Village in Rotorua are reluctant to leave at the end of the evening. Now they don’t have to; Tamaki Maori Village has announced the addition of two ‘wharemoe’ (sleeping houses) so visitors can stay the night.

An overnight stay gives a more in-depth view of Maori culture – and it’s a fascinating experience. Guests make up their own beds – as is the tradition – and learn a waiata (song) before the evening cultural performance and hangi (feast). Single-sex (though communal) bathrooms, heating and free tea, coffee and hot chocolate provide more modern touches than is historically correct, however!

The cultural performance part of the Tamaki Maori Village programme has been extended and now includes more time for storytelling plus a short movie which provides some historical context to the setting. For this reason, the programme starts at the earlier time of 6:15pm from 1 October 2011 (previously 6:30pm). In the morning, overnight guests have the option to stay on until midday and learn about traditional weaving, carving and weaponry arts, or perhaps have an interactive haka or poi lesson.

Besides providing for the FIT sector, there are many options for special groups in this cultural gem. Newly available is a private cocktail or dining room for up to 40 guests to experience the Tamaki Maori Village cultural ambience plus a traditional hangi or an indigenously inspired dinner. Contact Tamaki Maori Village to learn more about options for your clients.

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