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New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute

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Address: Hemo Rd, Rotorua, New Zealand
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+64 7-348 9047

Located outside the entrance to the Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve, this...

Located outside the entrance to the Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve, this Institute trains young carvers in the skills of their elders with demonstrations of weaving techniques.

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Keeping the traditions alive..

The place is located inside Te Puia and trains the youth in the Maori art and crafts, there is a lot of art & crafts on display and souvenirs to buy. glad to see that traditions... read more

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Jakarta, Indonesia
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The place is located inside Te Puia and trains the youth in the Maori art and crafts, there is a lot of art & crafts on display and souvenirs to buy. glad to see that traditions are kept alive in the modern world and passed on to next generation.

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Winter Haven, Florida
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Reviewed 20 April 2017

When in Rotorua you should make a visit. There are interesting displays of Maori arts and crafts. This is probably the primary center to maintain the Maori culture and they are very proud of it. You can also visit the geothermal area with geysers and hot springs, sort of like a mini-yellowstone park. I would recommend adding on the ticket... More 

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Westgate-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 13 April 2017

It was early February 2011 when we visited this excellent display of Maori cultural arts and crafts, also taking in the thermal hot springs.

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Greenwich, Connecticut
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Reviewed 13 April 2017

This is an opportunity to get up close and personal with Maori craftspeople and their students as they work in their traditional crafts, especially wood and weaving. Photos are welcome, and they are happy to take questions and engage with visitors.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 April 2017

Can see the making of different crafts including carving, and weaving, worth a visit to see handmade and skill.

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Reviewed 13 March 2017 via mobile

Worth the visit! We had a private tour booked by our travel agent, Donna Thomas of New Zealand Travel, and all I can say is WOW. Every detail of the tour and the entire trip was considered and designed specifically for us. I have never had a tour or trip planned better! Call them, you'll save yourself time and money!

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Rotherham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 17 February 2017

This centre offers an insight to Maori Art and Crafts, we took a guide during tour and watched woodworkers carving ornate items of work some of them very large, we also saw there painting s and weaving as well with some good items available for sale,

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Aurangabad, India
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Reviewed 6 February 2017

here we can witness actual making of artistic items such as wood carved doors, boats, clasic leaf clothings etc.

1 Thank atuldeolankar
Greensboro, North Carolina
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Reviewed 26 January 2017

We took the morning tour of the geyser and area, picked out food for our lunch which was cooked in a hot steam vent and saw an afternoon performance. The performance was something else, the performers were so full of energy and joy. The rest of the afternoon we just wandered the area, saw and talked with the wood carvers... More 

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Lake Villa, Illinois
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Reviewed 13 December 2016

You can walk thru the training center for young Maowri carvers and watch them at work. The carving is lovely and intricate. You can also see weavers/clothing makers.

Thank Tami W

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