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Our guide was exceptional, our experience was memorable.

Louise, our guide, was incredibly inviting and informative throughout the entirety of our trip. We spent about three hours driving through beautiful countryside learning about New Zealand’s history, agriculture, and Maori culture. We went to both Wai o Tapu Geothermal Park and the geothermal park/Maori culture park at Te Puia. The former was beautiful, and Louise made sure we knew how these geothermal areas were used by the Maori. Te Puia was an amazing experience, as we were graciously invited to participate in a welcome ceremony and performance, and toured the on-site school that teaches traditional arts and culture to new generations. It was extremely interesting (and heartening) to learn about the Maori and see the work being done to preserve their traditions. Walking through the rest of the park, we even got to see a geyser erupt amidst the smoking craters and pools. The day was extremely memorable, and our guide was one of the most pleasant people we met.

Show was good. Dinner average. Night tour was disappointing.

Also the tour operators only had our names for the dinner& not the night tour. They quickly accommodated us after seeing the tickets but that should have been streamlined better to avoid unnecessary stress. Also it was raining so heavily that the night tour was a total waste in spite if giving us umbrellas etc. the guides were super nice but with rain & pitch dark, there was no point in the tour. For the kiwi encounter which we were all looking forward to, all we saw was a blur darting off.

My family and myself really enjoyed the night we had at Mitai Maori Vi

This is a wonderful place to take your friends and family. Maori culture is great and we can all learn so much from this. Hangi food so GOOD! Only complaint for the evening we went we could not hear what the Maori man was saying and we noticed a lot of people near where we sat could not either. The first time we went several years ago they had a much better system. Need to see to this or else others will be disappointed.

Mitai Maori Village Evening Cultural Experience Reviewed by Patti, 29/07/2019

Lovely dinner and beautiful song and dance

We enjoyed very much the hangi dinner with lots of delicious food to choose from. It was all well organised and the haka song and dance was beautiful. We were also lucky to see the geysers in full action. It is although very “setup” for tourists so if you expect authentic Maori people living in their houses then don’t go here.

Great mix of culture, education and natural beauty

The cultural show was entertaining and informative giving you a glimpse into the meaning of certain gestures and movements. The tour guide was witty and gave us great insight into the Maori culture.