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Ohinemutu, Rotorua
(4.4/5 based on 130 reviews on the web)
Stop and relax where the seaplanes moor at Ohinemutu, a traditional Maori village on the shores of Lake Rotorua. As a living settlement, this destination offers visitors an authentic perspective on New Zealand's pre-European native peoples. St. Faith's church and the Tama-te-Kapua meeting house provide clear examples of Maori design, with their evocative and exquisite architecture and decorations, while guided walks offer a way to connect with the culture and the landscape. To visit Ohinemutu and other attractions in Rotorua, use our Rotorua tour planner.
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  • The tribe in the Rotorua city is, as we had said "The city of the sulfide", the thermal waters, the smell nauseating but natural, the Princes of the Pacific (for its large number of motels). But mostly it's the New Zealand maori. All the tribes that comprise it and that make up the population of the city are descendants of those who participated in the wars for the land at the end of the 19TH, so their tradition and customs are still alive and dormant. Not in vain this area concentrates the largest number of Maori traditional villages, hangi (traditional ovens for cooking food with the heat of the Earth) and cultural events that prevent that the universe of the New Zealand natives die. And one of them is Ohinemutu, located on the shores of Lake Rotorua and is a clear example of the fusion of European and maori culture. I think that the most successful is to park our vehicle in the small car park on the outskirts of the village, right on the banks of the Lake, full of Black Swans and little gulls and walk a bit. The first thing we find is a House of meetings and gatherings called Tama-te-kapua, erected in 1905 and that does not allow the entrance to Pakeha, a place tapu (sacred). If you have a window to peek and see inside and that it shares in one of the photographs that you see. We walked between volcanic chimneys and small lakes of water and mud boiling, until you reach the Church of St. Faith's Anglican Church, which we will see later in more detail, through several totems, sacred, houses inhabited by the descendants of those battle-hardened warriors, today defeated by TV cable and next-generation mobile phones. A little secluded found a small souvenir shop which is more a hobby for some women in the village than a business, among other things because they sell the same as in others and over more expensive. Aside from this, people have a special charm for this reason, and be sacred we should visit it with respect and silence, since its inhabitants do not see with good eyes tourists snoopers and scandalous. On the contrary, if we greet them politely and showed real interest in their culture they will give us a smile and surely a story full of magic and mythology...
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  • We walked around with a friend who is Maori lady, she was explaining things, otherwise there was no real signs with explanations of what was what. Beautiful buildings and amazing to see the thermal ar...  more »
  • Ohinemutu is a beautiful place to wander around, take a few snaps or book a guided tour. Don't forget to take a look at the beautiful St Faith's Church with it's intricate carvings and the Maori Chris...  more »
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