The Waitangi cultural performance begins with a traditional Māori welcome (pōwhiri), before moving inside the carved meeting house (Te Whare Rūnanga) for a full cultural presentation that includes songs (waiata), poi, and a traditional war dance (haka). After the show there is an opportunity to meet the performers, ask questions and take photos.
Traditional Māori performing arts – known as kapa haka – have been handed down through the generations and help keep alive the stories, history and traditions of Māori culture. Kapa haka is regularly performed today by cultural groups on marae, at schools, and during special events, festivals and competitions.
Cultural performance schedule:
1 February to 24 December: 11am, 1pm and 3pm
26 December to 31 January: 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2.30pm, 3.30pm and 4.30pm