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