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About - Willowbank Wildlife Reserve & Restaurant


Willowbank is home to Ko Tāne Māori Cultural Performance and Hangi dinner.

To find out more about Ko Tāne or to book CLICK HERE


Ko Tāne is an interactive Māori cultural experience that gives visitors a look into our country’s history from the past to the present day in a fun and informative way.

Your experience at Ko Tāne will include your official welcome to Aotearoa New Zealand with a traditional Māori powhiri or welcome that takes in the wero or warrior challenge and the hongi pressing of noses between chief and visitor.

Your experience continues into our interactive village where you will be shown the tools and skills of the Māori hunter, their cooking techniques (your hāngī dinner will be lifted from the ground), the games they played and the traditional instruments used to communicate with the Gods.

You will then be entertained with a 45 minute kapahaka performance, including action songs, poi dances, haka, stick games and weapons displays.  During the performance you will be given the opportunity to get up on stage to learn a poi dance or the haka.

The final part of your visit will be a hangi cooked dinner which is a four-course meal in our licensed restaurant.  You will be served by the same performers that entertained you in the performance, so this is another great opportunity to ask any questions

  • Selections of breads and dips
  • Your choice of soup – kūmara or seafood chowder
  • Hāngī cooked main meal of chicken, lamb, pork, kumara, potatoes, carrots, stuffing plus a mixture of salads, gravies and sauces
  • Dessert of pavlova with NZ hokey pokey ice cream and kiwifruit

* We can prepare vegetarian and gluten-free meals provided this is requested at the time of booking.

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