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Tamaki Maori Village

all seasons in one day

Once again we were back on the bus and off to a new place! We didn’t drive for too long because we stopped at the Ruakuri Scenic Reserve to go for a bush walk where once again the views were amazingly beautiful. Some of it was uphill again so I was quite worn out by the end of it as I hadn’t had a proper breakfast! After the walk we went to a café and had some amazing hot chocolates and then we got back on the bus and drove for a couple of hours before getting to our hostel in Rotorua. Unfortunately this time the bus could only be unloaded from one side and our bags were right at the back and there was only one person on reception having to check in 50 people so we had to wait for about half an hour! Once we checked in to the room Jonny and some of the other got changed to go in to the pool downstairs. We could see them from the dorm room as we had a balcony! We had showers and then we went out to get some food from McDonalds. We hung out in the afternoon and then in the evening we went to the Tamaki Maori Village which is a Maori culture experience and it was absolutely amazing. I would say to anyone coming to New Zealand, if they don’t do anything else they have to go to Rotorua and go to the Tamaki Maori Village! We were picked up in a bus and we had to choose a chief to represent us at the village – somehow we ended up choosing a hungover Scotsman from our group! When we got to the village our chief had to stand in position whilst we gathered around. The Maori woman who drove us on the bus told our chief what to do and told us that we had to be quiet and stay still during the challenge but we were allowed to take photos and videos. The challenge is a serious part of their culture when someone comes to enter their village and Scottie our bus driver told us that once his bus chose a dutch guy to be their chief and when the Maori warriors came out and started making all the faces and noises they do that he just starting laughing so the warrior head butted him and broke his nose! Luckily our chief did well and was given a fern leaf as a peace token which meant that we were allowed to enter the village. We went around several huts and learned lots about the Maori culture and how their ancestors lived which was all really interesting. Then we were shown how our meal that night was being cooked which is in the ground with hot rocks and smoke! Then we went to their meeting place and the Maori chief, warriors and women sang and danced for us which was so cool. Then we went through to a dining area to have our meal and it was such a feast! There were potatoes, vegetables, lots of different meats, stuffing and gravy so it was like having a roast back home but the meat had such an amazing smoky flavour from the way it had been cooked. For dessert there was steam pudding and custard which was also really yummy. After that they sang a few more songs and then the evening was over. It was such an amazing experience! On the bus ride home our chief had to sing to us and then several other people got up to sing too and we were all singing along. Then the driver got us singing “She’ll be coming round the mountain” whilst she drove round and round a round about 10 times it was so funny!


Next stop is Taupo!


Posted by Jenpen17 13:50 Archived in New Zealand

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