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Matariki Hangi & Maori Cultural Performance

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Matariki Hangi & Maori Cultural Performance

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Lake End Tutanekai Street next to Pizza Hut / owned by Novotel/Accor, Rotorua New Zealand
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Kathryn B wrote a review Jan. 2020
Melbourne, Australia8 contributions
Participated in this tour and experience recently with my three teenage children. We had a wonderful time. The shows, exhibits, staff, hangi, transport and organisation were all wonderful. I would recommend to others - it is an experience that wouldbe enjoyed by all. KIA ORA.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Teresa700 wrote a review Mar. 2019
Mackay, Australia99 contributions21 helpful votes
We had been to one of these in Christchurch many years ago and were looking forward to something similar but were a touch disappointed. It was next to the Novotel. The food was really nice but you could tell it was the same as that at the Novotel (especially the venison as it was chewy and in the same sauce). The hostess was busy greeting everyone and seating them but we didn't have any formal welcome as others have mentioned. It seemed a bit disjointed to be honest. We were taken outside and shown how they cooked some of the food (hangi style). We ate and then the show began. Dancers and singers with beautiful voices singing a heap of Maori songs. They were very talented performers when it came to using the poi as well. Once they warmed up they engaged the audience more and a couple were quite comical. Some of the audience left well before the show ended which I thought was a bit rude but we then got a better view as we were seated at the back. Some members of the audience volunteered to participate in using the poi as well as doing the haka. That was quite entertaining. The whole thing was probably over by 8.30pm so it was a good couple of hours.
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Date of experience: March 2019
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AnnScotland_UK wrote a review Oct. 2018
Scotland, UK116 contributions69 helpful votes
I would recommend this evening to anyone. The whole experience is entertaining, educational, cultural, a true insight to the Maori history. The food was fantastic too. Any visitor to Rotorua this is a must
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Date of experience: November 2017
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turboghostie wrote a review Oct. 2018
Campbelltown, Australia20 contributions2 helpful votes
We booked and expected a wonderful cultural experience as advertised on the front of the restaurant. We arrived at 6.30. The time advertised for the doors to open, but open they did not. Another 2 ppl arrived and waited along with us...also expecting the cultural experience and hangi. After 30mins we went to Clarke's bar at the Novatel to ask (as this is where we were required to book). The bar tender was not able to assist us. At that point my husband noticed a maori man in traditional dress. He came to get us. We went to where he had seen the Maori and he came out of a conference room. The room had no signage to indicate that the cultural experience was there. By this stage we had missed all of the beginning of the show. We were in time for the food, but were disappointed with the hangi as it did not taste like hangi :( - the food was bland and the meat did not have the lovely smoky taste usually associated. We caught the last part of the performance but it lacked any 'life'. A very disappointing experience.
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Date of experience: October 2018
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Got2try wrote a review Oct. 2018
Sydney, Australia479 contributions113 helpful votes
They tell you to come at 6.30pm, to be seated. While your waiting, they are settling up the HANGI food. Polly meets and greets you. A lovely touch. You see a greeting show. A person is picked out from the audience and then a chief Maori greets each other. They shake hands and rub noses, then you can go out and have a feed. I was expecting a traditional hangi, but it was just steam vegetables to me. Food was ok. Audience was Asian and some people from Europe. Cost $69 per person. Drinks not included, and no bar service, help yourself. Show ends at 8.30pm. Average show, average food.
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Date of experience: October 2018
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