MAORI TRIBE CUL­TURAL EX­PE­RI­ENCE Huka Lodge, Huka Falls, Lake Taupo, New Zealand

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Ac­cord­ing to Maori le­gend, Lake Taupo is the beat­ing heart of the North Island. It there­fore makes sense that guests should learn about the area sur­round­ing Huka Falls, New Zealand’s most fa­mous nat­u­ral won­der, from a Maori tribesman. This day-long ex­cur­sion is avail­able via the Ata­mai pack­age, with a tribesman tak­ing guests on a scenic walk through Spa Park, home to nat­u­ral geo­ther­mal hot springs. Lunch of a Maori pic­nic cooked in a geo­ther­mal geyser is fol­lowed by a visit to Opotaka vil­lage, home of the fa­mous Ka Mate haka dance that the na­tional rugby team per­forms be­fore matches. Guests also get a sou­venir piece of pounamu (jade), which will have been blessed dur­ing the ex­cur­sion.

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