Top 5 Cultural Experiences in New Zealand

Top 5 Cultural Experiences in New Zealand


With a rich history steeped in Polynesian ancestry, New Zealand is guaranteed to give you your cultural fix.

Maori culture has formed the foundations of New Zealand for more than 1000 years and remains a large part of the country’s identity.

If you find yourself in New Zealand for your next holiday, you can’t go past these top 5 experiences to truly learn about the vibrant, dynamic and unique Maori culture.

Tamaki Maori Village

Where? Rotorua
Step into a world of Maori culture at Rotorua’s award-winning Tamaki Maori Village. Journey back in time and immerse yourself in the customs and stories as you experience ceremonies and rituals, provoking performances and a traditional hangi feast.

01. Tamaki Maori VillageImage Source: Tamaki Maori Village

Waitangi Treaty Grounds

Where? Bay of Islands
Visit Waitangi in the Bay of Islands, one of the most historically significant locations in New Zealand. The Waitangi Treaty Grounds is the site where a treaty was signed between the Maori and Europeans and today, visitors can watch Maori performances or test their skills in a Maori canoe.

02. Waitangi Treaty Grounds 01Image Source: Waitangi Treaty Grounds

Marae Tour

Where? Waiheke Island
Visit or stay in a traditional Marae on Waiheke Island, a tribal meeting ground where communities come together. Consisting of mesmerising carved buildings, guests will need to participate in a formal welcome ceremony to become one with the people of the Marae.

03. Hekerua Bay on Waiheke Island in New Zealand

Place of Leaping

Where? Cape Reinga
Not only the meeting place of the Tasman and Pacific Ocean, Cape Reigna is one of great spiritual significance. At the tip of the Cape stands a Pohutukawa tree said to be more than 800 years old. Maori culture believes the deceased spirits will leap from this tree and into the ocean to return to their ancestral homeland of Hawaiki.

04. Cape Reinga, north edge of New Zealand.

Greenstone Carving

Where? Hokitika
Create a souvenir of your travels that you can cherish forever in Hokitika. With a rich history of greenstone and bone carving along the West Coast of the South Island, you will have an opportunity to immerse yourself in a Maori tradition and carve your own stone.

05. Hokitika by Bare KiwiImage Source: Bare Kiwi


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