NEW ZEALAND’S MAORI CULTURE: A guide FOR TRAVELERS

Last Updated: 12/4/20 | December 4th, 2020

Maori culture has always fascinated me ever considering that I saw the motion picture Whale Rider (it’s one of my preferred travel movies). Their history, awesome tattoos, dancing, beliefs, as well as general kicked back character make them extremely fascinating to me. As the native people of new Zealand, they haven’t done well considering that the arrival of European settlers.

Then again, no native population fared well after Europeans arrived.

The history of the Maori

The Maori are a warrior race as well as are famous for never having been defeated by the English settlers. It’s a truth the pleased Maori cherish greatly as well as are always delighted to share.

The Maori pertained to new Zeland from Polynesia in the 13th century. They shown up in waves, having set out in big ocean-going canoes that ranged from 20-40 meters in length. They populated the islands over time, living off the plentiful landscape.

European get in touch with occurred in the 17th century, though the preliminary meetings didn’t go well (occasionally the Maori would kill the intrusive Europeans). get in touch with ultimately led to dispute — including interior conflicts between the Maori. By the 19th century, the Maori population had almost been cut in half.

Disease likewise took its toll. By the 1870s, influenza, measles, as well as smallpox killed anywhere from 10-50% of the Maori population.

At present, there are around 600,000 Maori in new Zealand, representing around 15% of the population. even to this day, the Maori people continue to deal with social as well as economic barriers as well as even have a lower life expectancy when compared to other ethnic groups in the country.

Interesting Facts about the Maori

Here are a few facts about the Maori I discovered interesting as well as influenced me to discover a lot more about the people as well as their history:

The Maori language is understood as “Te Reo” (though it’s commonly just referred to as “Maori”). It was the dominant language in new Zealand up until the 1860s.

Before battle, the Maori would do a dance understood as a “Haka” (which you’ll see at the cultural show).

Until Europeans arrived, the Maori had no written language. Their history as well as traditions were passed down orally.

Tattooing is a significant part of Maori culture. Traditionally, tattoos were utilized to depict a person’s condition or rank.

Traditional Maori food (known as “Hangi”) is slow-cooked underground, utilizing the geothermal geysers that are typical in new Zealand.

To gain access to the Maori satisfying ground (“Marae”) you requirement to be welcomed with a “Powhiri.” This includes a difficulty by a warrior, in addition to chanting as well as singing. visitors would have to show that they are available in peace in buy to be enabled entry.

Where to See Maori cultural show in new Zealand

The finest location to see a Maori cultural show is Rotorua. Not only are there some remarkable cultural shows here, however you can see some standard villages as well as check out the geysers that dot the landscape. This is an crucial location in Maori culture as well as history, making it the best location to discover a lot more as well as take in a show.

During my visit, I was figured out to discover a lot more about them while traveling right here in new Zealand. The city of Rotorua is meant to be one of the very best locations to learn. There are a range of cultural shows as well as academic excursions in the area. A Maori in the Bay of Islands even told me that if I was going to discover about the Maori, this area would be the simplest for me to do it in.

The cultural excursions all are rather similar (some are smaller, some have much better food, some are different length) however you discover as well as see a great deal of the exact same stuff. I went with the Tamaki Maori village excursion since my travel partners at the time were likewise doing it.

Here’s a video of my experience to provide you a sense of what to expect:

The show supplies a fundamental look at Maori life, history, as well as culture. It’s essentially an entertaining introduction to exactly how they have lived as well as survived over the past few centuries.

Tamaki Maori village is where I went to see a show as well as I was thoroughly impressed. It’s consistently rated not only one of the very best shows in the country however one of the very best in the world.

Tours will last around 2.5 hours as well as include a standard meal, a excursion of a historic village, as well as performances. Tickets expense 110 NZD per person.

That being said, this is definitely an experience that caters to tourists. While the cultural show was interesting, the food great, as well as the music entertaining, if you truly want to get a deeper sense of Maori culture you’ll want to likewise see the Rotorua Museum. It’s currently under renovering, även om de fortfarande erbjuder några utflykter såväl som program. Du kan upptäcka lite mer om Maori här såväl som se några viktiga historiska artefakter.

Det finns normalt ett antal utställningar per dag, men upp till pandeminsändarna finns det bara tre föreställningar varje vecka: lördag, söndag, liksom måndagar klockan 12:15.

Ett annat val för en kulturell show i Rotorua är Mitai Maori byn. Det är exakt samma slags erfarenhet, liksom många människor säger det är lika bra som Tamaki. Fram till de pandemiska ändarna kommer de också att vara begränsande prestationer.

Om du inte kan gå till en kulturell show i Rotorua, tänk på att se en i Auckland eller Islands bukt.

Om du inte kan göra det till Rotorua, är Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa i Wellington ett mer utmärkt läge för att upptäcka mycket mer om historien och kulturen i Maori.

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