HAKA – Māori Arts & Cultural Experience

March 2018
MAR 10 - 11



Date: Sat 10th & Sun 11th March, 2018
Location: Hamilton Gardens
Time: 10.30am – 5.30pm

11.00am - 12.30pm    Interactive Māori Art / Cultural Workshops & Guided Tours
1.00pm - 2.00pm        Kapa Haka (Māori cultural group) performance
2.30pm -  4.00pm       Interactive Māori Art / Cultural Workshops & Guided Tours
4.30pm - 5.30pm        Kapa Haka (Māori cultural group) performance 


There is no set cost or fee to participate in the interactive workshops or to enjoy the entertainment on offer. However, as this is a community oriented event a koha (voluntary donation of your choice) towards the event costs would be gratefully received and appreciated. The cost of Tā Moko (traditional Māori tattoo) will depend on the size and level of detail of the work required. A nominal fee will also be required for the guided waka tour experiences


HAKA provides a unique opportunity for the general public and visitors to experience a wide range of Māori cultural performances and interactive Māori visual art and cultural workshops in the very heart of the international award-winning Hamilton Gardens.  This event is being staged in support of the Waikato River Festival - He Piko He Taniwha!  

Interactive Workshops:

Include: Weaving, Poi Making, Haka, Traditional Weaponry, Taonga Puoro (Traditional Musical instruments) and Māori art/design.



A variety of traditional and contemporary Māori performing artists will be providing entertainment on site throughout the day.

Guided Tours:

Guided tours including the HAKA Waka Experience (guided traditional canoe tours on the Waikato River) and the HAKA Hikoi Experience (guided Māori heritage tours through the Hamilton Gardens) will also be available – weather dependent.

Food & Beverage:

A limited number of traditional Hangi meals will be available for visitors to purchase at HAKA.

Māori Art & Craft:

Māori art and craft will be available for visitors to purchase direct from participating artists. Tā Moko (traditional Māori tattoo artists) will also be on site for visitors interested in receiving a traditional tattoo.