Rotorua's mountain villages
Rotorua has quite a strong Maori connection – and part of its appeal (besides the geothermal attractions) is the fact that visitors can experience the culture first-hand. There are various cultural exchanges to choose from: some of the most renowned include the Tamaki Maori Village, Whakarewarewa Living Maori Village, Te Puia and Mitai āaori Village. These places encourage visitors to learn a bit more about New Zealand’s indigenous heritage and history while embracing some of the customs. Performances, a hāngi dinner and a marae stay are the norm at these attractions.