Local pioneers of marae (sacred meeting area) tourism, Paparoa Marae has been giving tourists an insight into Maori culture for more than a decade. The Te Puna based venture provides an authentic look at the indigenous culture and some of its key protocols on a real marae —this is not a touristy ‘Maori village’ imitation.
The visit includes kaumatua (elders) explaining the significance of marae carvings, a look at Maori art and crafts, and a culture group’s songs, poi dances, and haka – of course. The marae prefers to cater for groups of over 25 people, but individuals can be slotted into larger groups. Cost from $65 - $85 per person (includes a traditional hangi - earth oven feast).
State Highway 2, Te Puna, 20 minutes north of Tauranga. (07) 552 5904