Tū Te Rā
Summer Harvest Celebration
Tū Te Rā is a summer celebration, aligned with the maramataka – the Māori lunar calendar. This is a time when the sun expresses optimal energy, the days are longer, and light nourishes the natural world.
Tū Te Rā celebrates the abundant harvest of this season, and explores concepts, rituals, and stories of ancient Māori warfare and peace in a feast of culture and cuisine
Return transport from central Rotorua.
Haka Pōhiri (cultural welcome) on arrival.
Forest kai horotai (summer season canapés).
A shared celebration of stories, pastimes and connection within the Tawa forest.
Kapahaka performed in our forest-formed amphitheatre, Tūāpapa.
A torch-lit walk to a lavish three-course feast and complimentary aperitif.
Hāngī shares the table with other Māori delicacies.
Our unique menu blends tradition and innovation, with the very best of local, seasonal fare.
This four-hour evening is a feast of knowledge as well as divine seasonal kai (cuisine) within our forest Pā (sanctuary), its tawa trees and crackling bonfires.
Kai horotai (morsels) welcome guests with seasonal favourites that may include crispy pork and candied apple encased in kawakawa leaves, pāua (abalone), pickled pikopiko (native fern frond), smoked fish, ika mata (ceviche) and chilled kawakawa tea.
Within the forest-formed amphitheatre attention shifts to stories relayed through haka, song and drama, before torch light guides manuhiri (guests) to an al fresco dining space with three-course feast.
The famous hāngī shares a table with Māori fusion dishes developed and curated by celebrated Māori chefs, prepared by our own ringawera (hot hands). We serve dinner al fresco on warmer nights and in our wharekai (dining room) if the weather is inclement.
— Transport to/from central city
— Haka Pōwhiri
— Four hours haka, song, connection
— Forest kai horotai (summer season canapes)
— Complimentary chef choice aperitif
— Seasonal three-course dinner