Te Kura Kaitiaki Hands On Activities
Our hands on activities provide visitors with the opportunity to further experience our culture with a selection of workshops or customised interactive programmes. Workshops are available in 30 minute and/or 60 minute options.
The traditional dance used by the Māori to assist in hand suppleness, strength and eye co-ordination. This exercise was used to prepare young warriors for battles and in later years used in dance celebrations to depict nature.
The Haka or posture war dance was performed by men and women, but only the men would poke their tongues out and use this dance to warm up every part of their body and to prepare them mentally and emotionally before going into battle with another tribe.
Flax is a highly valued natural resource that our people used for weaving; clothing, vessels for harvesting, ropes and ornamental cloaks. Visitors will learn the process of extracting the fibre from the flax and will try their hand at making a flax flower, flax fish or a food basket.
Musical instruments were a favourite past time of Māori people. The simple compliment of the instrument, voices and dance movements often embellished songs. Participants will learn about Taonga Puoro and make their own Porotiti which is similar to a spinning disc.
Experience how our people utilised the natural geothermal waters of Ngāraratuatara for cooking food such as corn, eggs, seafood and many other delicacies. The surrounding edges of this fascinating boiling spring of crystal clear water resembles the skin of a Tuatara, New Zealand’s largest native lizard. Its rim is black sinter.