Feast for the Eyes

“If it’s culture you’re after, make a beeline for the North Island,” writes the Examiner’s Molly McCahan, suggesting in particular, a trip to Rotorua, “considered the centre of Maori culture.” “Today around 35 per cent of the population here is Maori; their traditional settlements abound. Attending a Maori performance and indulging in a hangi, the traditional Maori feast, is a highlight of any Rotorua visit. The local ‘chefs’ dig a pit in the ground, place heated rocks inside, set the food on top (these days, it’s often wrapped in foil), and then cover the pile and slowly roast the whole concoction for hours. The result is deliciously tender meat and smoky kumara (sweet potatoes), a local staple.”


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The New York Times Sends the World to Northland

The New York Times Sends the World to Northland

In Northland, “cultural lessons await, as do hot springs where visitors can recharge body and soul,” according to Daniel Scheffler writing for The New York Times. The region is included in…