New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute

New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute

New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute
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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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Charlie H
Canyon Lake, TX10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Visited in December 2019. Wonderfully-presented show we could watch again and again! Outstanding singers and performance. Arts and crafts were interesting. Carvings were amazing. What artists the Maori are! A Beautiful culture we'd love to live with but can't! Would love to attend again on a future trip! Opens up history and culture we were never aware of!
Written 2 February 2020
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ina504
Los Altos Hills, CA88 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
We had great day visiting the Institute. To be fair, we had a private guide-he was so well informed and we learned so much about the Maori people. We spent about 5 hours there, including a special lunch which was wonderful. Watching the craft people and the geyser and just seeing the beautiful setting. All very worthwhile and very enjoyable.
Written 23 February 2023
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David W
Tulsa, OK569 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2016 • Couples
We visited the Maori Experience in Rotorua yesterday. It was a very educational and entertaining experience. The history and culture of the Maori people is fascinating. The on stage show was excellent, but I expected it to last longer, with a little more information about the Maori history in dance, and it's place in their history. The dancers and singers were all very good at their craft of dancing and singing though. The craftspeople were excellent in their work, and explaining the patterns and the materials that were utilized in making their hand crafted work. Their explanation of how their products were utilized within the Maori Culture was extremely educational, and helped a lot in understanding the life within the early Maori lifestyle. It was a good experience...
Written 21 August 2016
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DollyD_13
Sydney, Australia12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2012 • Solo
Culture centre is a really good place to visit. The Woodwoork exhibition is excellent to watch.
Cultural Show was good. Lovely signing. Hot spring and mud pools put on a good show when we were there in November 2012. Sulphur smell not too bad. Take a trip to the Redwood Forrest its something to see. We were on a Cruise from Sydney and hired a private Tour from Tauranga with Carolyn who showed us all around.
Written 18 January 2013
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Colo_Traveler05
Greenwood Village, CO217 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Couples
We had the tour and meal and were thrilled with what we got. First we got the tour and then we had the show and meal. We loved it!

The tour shows you all the thermal aspects of the area. Bubbling mud pots, geysers, and more. They also take you through the Maori arts and crafts institute. You can see woodworking, jade (greenstone) carving, and fabric weaving. The culture carries on through the work of the students.

Next, we had an authentic hangi dinner. We had chicken, pork, sausage, corn, sweet potatoes, and more. All cooked in the underground pit. Everything was very good.

Finally, we had the Maori show at the Maori meeting house. The singing and dancing was very good. Well, all but what I did when they dragged me on stage. But everyone had a good time and the performers were very welcoming and authentic.

We very much enjoyed the night and would do it again. It was that good. Do it if you get a chance.
Written 30 April 2018
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RedPearlArt
Las Vegas, NV46 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2018 • Couples
The Maori Cultural Art Center was the highlight of our all day Rotorua tour. The geysers and burping mud pots were fascinating. The school dedicated to the restoration and preservation of Maori culture was inspiring. Well worth the trip!
Written 29 January 2018
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Suzanne T
San Francisco37 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2014 • Couples
The real museum of the Maori is in Auckland. This is a bit fakey and not inexpensive.
I have to admit we were disappointed.
Good news is that you have a Maori guide who answers questions and the hot springs are pretty cool.
We saw the obligatory Maori ritual and dancing. So we checked that box off on the trip.
Written 2 September 2014
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Eann87
Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2012 • Family
Gives a true feeling of Maori culture.
Great culture music & culture dance
The theatre is a fantastic example of Maori carving and construction. Gives a great insight and one of the highlights of our visit to Rotorua.
Written 26 January 2013
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Jeff P
Perth, Australia109 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2012 • Couples
Gives a true feeling of Maori culture. The theatre is a fantastic example of Maori carving and construction. Gives a great insight and one of the highlights of our visit to Rotorua.
Written 20 December 2012
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marenVienna
Vienna, Austria12 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2011 • Solo
I lived in New Zealand for one year and had the opportunity to explore the beautiful nature and culture this country has to offer. One of the hightlights was the Maori Arts and Crafts Institute which offered a great insight into the history of the Maori people living in New Zealand and there cultural treasure. I would highly recommend to get to know the lifestyle of the early inhabitants whenever you visist New Zealand
Written 26 September 2012
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