Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Te Puia Geothermal and Cultural Area

Once our weaving class ended, we were treated to a tour of the Te Puia geothermal area.

We stayed for dinner and were treated to Maori traditional dances. This woman had the most amazing voice, like that of an angel. Note the flax skirt around her waist and the second one around her shoulder.
Maori men performed warrior dances
They invited their visitors up onto the stage to learn the dances too. Not as easy as it looks.
Madeline took it all in.
The two brave ones in our group, Karen and Madeline, got up on stage to dance the woman's dance using these swinging balls, again much harder than it looks. After a great dinner, we headed back to our hotel near stinky lake Rotorua.

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