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New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute

Hemo Rd, Rotorua, New Zealand
+64 7-348 9047
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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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  • Average7%
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  • Terrible1%
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Hemo Rd, Rotorua, New Zealand
+64 7-348 9047
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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.

Thank Ira M
Reviewed 8 April 2017

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

Thank happysheepChina
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...More

Thank Hillary B
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...More

1  Thank Jeff R
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
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...More

1  Thank Dave M
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
Reviewed 9 December 2016

We went to the evening event which was hosted by Robert (his Maori name is much longer). He tastefully introduced us all to his culture and there was a display of dancing, and the Haka was performed. We were invited to take part in the...More

1  Thank Kentman
Reviewed 30 November 2016

It was very nice to see student carve wood sculpture. They are so patience in the process of carving. Thank You for sharing your skill. The guide was very thorough. .

Thank SCT0356
Reviewed 15 November 2016 via mobile

We were over on a holiday from Australia and decided while in Rotorua you have to do the tourist thing This is a good thing to do to get a feel for the area

Thank Robin K
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17 May 2017|
Response from Jeff R | Reviewed this property |
We were on a tour so getting back to the city wasn't a problem, I am sorry but can't therefore tell you about any public transport or taxi options although it is not a long coach ride it might be just a bit too far to walk.