To book the Te Puia Cultural Performance, please phone Reservations on: 64 7 348 9047 or
Te Puia Cultural Performance Experience
In this 45 minute event, experience the sense of inclusion and warmth known as manaakitanga (hospitality) offered by Māori to manuhiri (guests).
Performance Times: 10:15am, 12:15pm, 3:15pm daily
Cultural performances include:
Pōwhiri (ceremonial welcome) - This is a ceremony of encounter between two parties who meet for the first time. Host warriors challenge the visiting party to find out their intentions. If these are friendly, the visitors are invited into the ancestral meeting house.
Hongi (ceremonial greeting) - The gentle pressing of noses symbolising the joining of two life forces creating an atmosphere of friendship and unity.
Kapa haka (cultural performance) - This performance celebrates the very best of Māori performing arts. It includes weaponry displays. action songs, the famed haka (challenge) and the graceful poi.
Titi torea (stick game) - This was a favourite pastime of old and young alike. Performers pass batons to and fro in time to the rhythm of the song, testing their skills of agility and hand-eye co-ordination.
Haka (challenge) - Before battle the warrior would summon all his strength to perform this challenge. Aggressive actions, such as bulging our the eyes, thrusting out the tongue and making guttural sounds, woud serve to intimidate any enemy.
Waiata-a-ringa (action song) - Hand and body actions accompany songs, portraying traditional stories and legends in dance.