Maori culture in New Zealand

The first people to call New Zealand home were Maori who settled the country sometime before the 14th century.

They had travelled from Polynesia to New Zealand and then through a period of isolation developed their own distinctive and rich culture. In better understanding Maori culture, you will better understand what it is to be a New Zealander.

These tours have dedicated Maori cultural experiences included in their itineraries.

MC137 Te Puia Rotorua Bob McCree
Accomodated tours

Which overnight in Rotorua will be welcomed into the authentic Tamaki Maori Village, where you can discover and learn more about Maori art forms, ancient rituals and traditions. Sit down to a traditional Maori hangi (feast) with your Maori hosts (minimum numbers apply refer Notes). 


MC85 Taranaki Taranaki James Heremaia
Camping tours

Enjoy a Maori concert and Haka – the famous Maori dance – in the evening at the Bay of Islands overnight stop.

EX10812 Te Puia Rotorua Fraser Clements
Hop on hop off tours

Have compulsory overnight stops. One of these is at the village of Mourea, near Rotorua on the North Island. Select hop on hop off tours stop here. It's a unique and special cultural overnight stay. This is an immersion into indigenous Maori culture and so much more than a show. You will learn about Maori traditions, history and culture and become fully interactive with Kapa Haka (Maori song and dance). An unforgettable, genuine and educational night! 

Find more about our visit to Mourea here.


Tours to get you there

Bike rides along amazing landscapes

9 Day Southern Light Christchurch to Queenstown Tour

Explore the lesser known spots that other tour groups don't visit. Whether it's a secret glow-worm walk at night, a lush rainforest-fringed pool for a dip, a bike ride along deserted roads hugging the coast or a local cafe that serves quite possibly the best muffins in New Zealand.

Explore more of NZ’s best National Parks

27 Day Ultimate Explorer Auckland to Auckland Tour

Quite possibly the best thing you can do in New Zealand. Grab life with both hands on this in depth, all-points covered action and adventure wilderness experience. This trip guarantees to show you the best of the North and South Island and the experience of a lifetime. .