Our people are known for their great sense of humour and the concerts at Te Puia are a fun way to experience the personality of our Māori culture and traditions. One of our most entertaining forms of storytelling is kapa haka (Māori performance art) and at Te Puia we welcome you to find out why these performances should be on your list of essential things to do in Rotorua.
Cultural performances begin outside the meeting house, with a wero (traditional challenge), which is laid in front of visitors. In ancient times, this challenge was intended to learn the intentions of any visitors to the village, and a disrespectful response to this challenge could have led to a war.
Following a greeting at the entrance to the marae, you will be called into the meeting house with a karanga (call of welcome) where you will enjoy a variety of cultural games and songs during a 45 minute performance. In earlier times, these activities provided training for agility and co-ordination for our people – but today they are used to both entertain visitors and to keep our culture and traditions alive.
Performances include traditional songs, the captivating poi dance, and the world-famous haka (war challenge) – with the opportunity for visitors to take part for a more intimate Māori cultural experience only available at Te Puia, Rotorua.
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