A Hāngi is a traditional New Zealand Māori method of cooking food using heated rocks buried in a pit oven called an umu. You will get the chance to learn about and experience Hāngi whist in Rotorua on a ZigZag tour on one of the cultural evening activities we will be including. There are other chances to encounter such traditions depending on what you choose to do while on your tour.
One of our highlights was finding a camp ground which had a Hāngi on site! Not quite the traditional hole in the ground, but certainly using the natural geothermal steam from under the ground. The campsite has setup a large stainless steel cooking area, using the heat and steam to enable their guests to have a go at cooking their very own Hāngi! What a novelty! We tried it twice, using meat and vegetables, borrowing a Hāngi pot and following the instructions the camp ground gave us. 3 hours later we had our own little feast!
CHECK OUT OUR HIGHLIGHTS FROM EXPERIENCING TRADITIONAL NEW ZEALAND MAORI COOKING METHODS IN THE VIDEO BELOW!