Experience the traditions and history of the Maori Culture (the indigenous people of New Zealand) in an area that has unique historical connections with the coming of the Maori and early European settlement.
Tuwharetoa Maori arrived in the 13th Century being descendents from the Arawa, one of the great canoes from the great migration
To discover the world of Maori, take a visit to Wairakei Terraces. Watch a performance of Maori song and dance (including the formidable Haka) set to a background of natural geothermal activity and 'step back' into the ancient past to experience a traditional Maori village.
You will also find a number of studios in the Taupo area selling traditional (and contemporary) Maori art and sculpture - such as beautiful Pounamu (New Zealand Jade or Greenstone) sculptures or intricate bone carving necklaces.