Days 89-92 Rotorua - Part 2

April 04, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

Very close to Wai-O-Tapu is the Rainbow Mt and as you can guess from the name it features some nice colored rocks:

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Rotorua has also the best Maori culture programs, one of them is a visit to Tamaki Village. It goes over a whole evening, starting with a tradition welcome ceremony:

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Then you can explore some customs inside the village like basket weaving...

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...or training for warriors:

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That was followed by dance performances:

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And of course the famous haka war dance:

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Last but not least followed the feast called hangi, which was traditionally cooked in a pit oven with heated rocks:

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Close by somewhere on State Highway 38 are some great hidden carvings, the Kaingaroa rock carvings. No sign, no carpark, only findable with GPS.

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