Tauranga (Rotorua), New Zealand
Maori Marae Visit
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Approximately 4 hours
From Mt Maunganui, cross the Tauranga Bridge to enter downtown Tauranga, where you will drive through the city center before heading west to a local Ngati Ranginui Maori Marae -- a real working Maori marae or meeting place, where the local tribe regularly gathers.
Gain an in-depth view of how the Maori have retained their culture and customs in a rapidly changing world. Maori customs and protocol will be fully explained.
You will witness a traditional warrior challenge (wero) and powhiri (welcome onto the marae), which will be followed by speeches of welcome and a hongi -- the pressing of noses.
The elders or kaumatua of the tribe invite you to enter the marae, where the carvings and customs of the tribe will be explained. Until the arrival of the Europeans, the Maori had no written language, so much of their story was told in their intricate carvings.
After some light refreshments, watch a lively Maori concert featuring action songs, poi dances, stick games and the haka war dance.
Enjoy an arts and crafts demonstration of women weaving clothing and baskets made from local flax.
Return to Mt Maunganui around the shores of beautiful Tauranga Harbour.
Photography is restricted during the powhiri (welcome ceremony onto the Marae) and participants will be asked to remove their hats and shoes when entering the meetinghouse.