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Visit to a traditional Māori Village in Rotorua, New Zealand

Published March 23rd, 2012

The Māori are the native or indigenous Polynesian people of New Zealand and they possess a unique culture with their own language, a rich mythology and distinctive crafts and performing arts. I took a trip inside a traditional Māori village and came out of it spell bound. The village had hot springs, mud pools, geo thermal geysers and fantastic people.

Tehokowhitu-A-Tu

Entrance to the Maori village. The deeds of valour and self sacrifice associated with the warriors of Te Hokowhitu a Tu are a source of great pride and great sorrow to the Maori people.

Fantastic Hot Springs in Rotorua

Rotorua has the nickname Sulphur City, because of the hydrogen sulphide emissions, which gives the city a “rotten eggs” smell, as well as rotten-rua combining its legitimate name and the rotten smell the city gives.

Bubbling mud pools in Rotorua

Mud pools form in high-temperature geothermal areas where water is in short supply. The little water that is available rises to the surface at a spot where the soil is rich in volcanic ash, clay and other fine particulates

Pohutu Geyser in Rotorua, NZ

This is Rotorua's most famous geyser and is called Pohutu Geyser. Pohutu means "big splash" or "explosion" and it spurts up to twenty times per day and can reach heights of up to 100 feet (30 meters).

Inside a Maori Village

Apart from the numerous hot springs and fantastic geysers a Maori village is just like any other neighbourhood.

A Maori Village Caretaker

This was the fantastic Maori guide who was also the chief caretaker of this particular Maori settlement village.

Traditional Hangi Meal

Food is a huge part of the culture. Māori cooked in a pit under the ground in ovens called ‘hangi’ using the hot springs.

In traditional hangi cooking, food such as fish and chicken, and root vegetables such as kumara (sweet potato), are cooked in a pit dug in the ground. The taste was clean and felt incredibly healthy.

Traditional Maori Dance

Dance is an intrinsic part of Maori culture. No visit to Rotorua is complete without viewing one of the dance shows

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