Kai - Māori Food

A unique culinary experience - a journey into the history of Māori kai (food).

Enjoy a magnificent hangi (feast: Ha – the breath of warm air and ngi – pressure), using traditional Māori gathering techniques and cooking methods.

Cooked over a real fire on a purpose-built platform beneath the stars.

You are surrounded by carved Māori Atua (gods), the children of Rangi the sky father and Papatūānuku the earth mother.

You can participate in the traditional food preparation and cooking of the hākari(feast). Alternatively just sit back, relax with a drink and leave the work to Tom, who is an expert hunter, gatherer and professional chef.

Storytelling and Māori legends are a big part of the experience. The stories you hear, sitting around the open fire in this vast and beautiful wilderness, will never be forgotten.

Immerse yourself in Māori culture as you learn about the seasonal foods and the importance of the ceremonies performed.

Nature - Native Bush

Explore the tranquil sub-alpine homeland.  Take the opportunity to learn about the flora and fauna, and of the region's signficance to its Ngāti Tuwharetoa kaitiaki (caretakers).

Kai - Māori Food Experience

A culinary experience and a journey into the history of Māori kai (food).  Create your own hākari (feast) using traditional methods used by pre-European Maori.  Experience a traditional Māori hangi.


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