Culture is important to understand; and it is neat to see money directly from tourism supporting a cultural cause.
Dear all, New Zealand, in my word "Back end of the world beginning of heaven". New Zealand is just magnificent beautiful all over, it is the place one should see before the human race spoils it.... there are much to see, much to experience and in my mind this place is the nearest spot or maybe the only place which... More
If I am looking for good quality Maori Arts and Crafts souvenirs in the north island this is the place to visit. If the staff dont have what you want they can put you in touch with someone who can. To understand how much time and effort is put into producing maori arts and crafts this is the place to... More
Very interesting tour with excellent guide. Usually visit Whaka village so first time on this side of geyser. Live kiwi shed was good value, and craft centre open and interesting. Cultural show cost extra which was disappointing as should be included with access price. Whaka side probably has edge if choosing between the two.
We arrived around 6pm at the Maori village and had a great display from the Maori people before entering their village which was a great insight to way of life the Maori people once lived, Their houses, the games they played (for fitness), foods and how they cooked them under ground, their carvings and crafts, it was both fascinating and... More
Located at the entrance to Te Puia (Te Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve). If you do the Te Puia guided tour, the tour ends here with free time to wander around and watch the students at work creating traditional wood carvings and flax weaving. The New Zealand Maori Arts and Craft Institute is home to the National Weaving School and the National... More
Thanks you this place was great, I learnt a great deal of knowledge about the arts in NZ and was delighted with the works, if you have time and enjoy crafts then it really is a must see ..thank you
We were blessed on our visit to this centre by the allocation of a Maori lady guide who had some Scottish ancestry and a lovely gentle but cheeky sense of humour. The centre comprises woodwork and weaving workshops and displays of their labours. We were treated to a lesson in making rope from papyrus (using my wife's leg) but the... More
We were impressed with the carvings and young people working on these and being trained by their elders from the Institute including demonstrations of weaving techniques; This was most impressive to see and watch in the most beautiful surroundings of Rotorua.
Maybe it was the table I was sitting at and I was a solo traveler but my fellow dinner mates were a bore with no energy. The show was a bit boring and not very interesting. Dinner wasn't very good. The only exciting part was when some of the guests were able to participate at the end. The songs and... More
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