Visitors to the magical nation of New Zealand will find many features of interest amidst the pleasant climate, friendly residents and tranquil ambience of this country. Whilst exploring the idyllic countryside of this island nation visitors should not omit to familiarize themselves with the distinctive culture of the Maoris, the indigenous inhabitants of the land. In this regard an excellent option would be to visit the Mitai Maori Village, a site which provides an authentic insight into the fascinating culture of these people.
The village is situated in an authentic natural setting in the bush and as you enter you will be enthralled by the meticulous reproduction of a typical Maori settlement. You will be greeted warmly and escorted to your seat in the time-honoured manner. Visitors will be provided with an engrossing introduction into the traditions, customs, beliefs, rituals, language and behaviour of the Maoris.
Naturally a highlight will be the authentic Maori-style meal offered to guests which has been cooked, in time-honoured manner, in pits beneath the ground. Visitors will have the opportunity to feast on chicken, lamb, sweet potatoes, potatoes and other wholesome fare.
The visitor will see warriors attired in traditional garb manoeuvre a typical war canoe through the local streams. These very seaworthy sailing vessels have been meticulously carved and fashioned using customary techniques handed down through the generations.
As the evening progresses visitors will be treated to a mesmeric cultural performance presented by skilled performers. The performance will take guests back to a time in the past when the Maori culture thrived in the tranquil setting within the islands. Employing dance, songs and recounted legends and stories the presenters will provide an unforgettable glimpse into this pristine and idyllic setting.
Not to be missed is the guided walk through the bush accompanied by a knowledgeable guide. On this excursion visitors will learn firsthand about the region’s ancient history as well as the native fauna and flora of the area. A visit to Mitai Maori Village will linger in the memory long after its conclusion.
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Uditha Dharmawardhane is a travel writer who writes under the pen name Roland Lefevre. He specializes in creating features on leisure as well as business travel destinations across the globe.