Victoria Lodge

10 Victoria St., Rotorua, 3201, New Zealand
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Authentic Hangi

by mcanada

My husband & I are looking for a hangi that is still cooked in the most traditional way - underground. I've found 2 companies that offer an "authentic" hangi. One is Mitai Maori Village & the other is Tamaki Maori Village. Any comments on which would give us the most traditional experience. Or any other company?

Or if you know of one on the South Island we'll be at Nelson, Fox Glacier, Queenstown, Te Anua, Dunedin & Christchurch.

Re: Authentic Hangi

by mfc_arthur


I've been to the Tamaki village Hangi evening. It's OK, but very commercialised. We didn't see the food being cooked but they showed us the stone pit afterwards. The concert was quite good but not as professional as others I've seen on TV.

Re: Authentic Hangi

by unaS

I attended a Tamaki Maori Hangi. It is not just the Hangi. We did see the food being taken out of the pits in the ground to be served in the dining room. The food is well protected by leaves from contamination.

While a bit commercialized, yes, I found it an interesting and inspiring event.

The details and links are in tips on my New Zealand page. Worthwhile experience imho.

Re: Authentic Hangi

by Kakapo2

Although very commercial I think the Tamaki experience is quite good - although I do not like the smokey taste of hangi food. But this is another story.

Of the places on the South Island they have Maori shows in Christchurch (Kotane at the Willowbank, with hangi) and the Birdlife Park in Queenstown. But I consider the hangi in Rotorua clearly better than in Chch. Last time I was in Rotorua you could also photograph the show and in Chch they have started to prohibit taking pictures during the dancing and singing, instead you can purchase photos... So make your own decision where you attend a show... Apart from all this a lot more Maori live on the North Island, so it would always be my first choice for such cultural things.

Travel Tips for Rotorua

Fitzgerald Glade

by kiwi

Driving in to Rotorua, from the west, you go through this amazing "tunnel" of trees. They actually meet at the top and it really is very beautiful. Especially early morning when the fog is around and the sun is streaming through a gap, it can be stunning.
The locals do a lot of work to protect and keep this area as it is, and to stop the trees from being damaged. They also fought to keep one end of it, after it was put up for sale by the private owner. Now it is in the hands of a society and will forever be there as long as it survives.

Soaking in Kerosene Creek

by kenmerk

For an enjoyable (and free) day away from the main tourist circuit, try Kerosene Creek. It's a natural hot spring river, complete with waterfalls, that is just the right temperature for soaking. Located a couple of KM's noth of Waiotapu in the Rotorua area off of Route 5.


by blue_sky04

They have a nice show of the sheep shaving process. You will also learn about sheep and wool. My favorite sheep is the one in the middle of the second row - the fattest one (see picture). LOL.

After the show, you can take a tractor ride to go around the farm and even enjoy feeding the animals there.

Whakarewarewa (Whaka)

by keeweechic

Whakarewarewa (Whaka) reportedly has the 'Biggest Geyser in the World' today called 'Pohutu' which plays at a certain time during the day up to a height of 100 Ft. There are boiling mud pools, hot water pools & steaming vents.

Ride the Gondola.

by worldkiwi

Take a ride on the "Skyline" gondola and get a fine view of Rotorua and Lake Rotorua from Mount Ngongotaha. There is a cafe at the top and also the Luge - an exhilarating ride on a sled-like thing down a concrete track.


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Address: 10 Victoria St., Rotorua, 3201, New Zealand