New Zealand’s indigenous Maori culture is accessible and engaging. Join in a haka, the war dance made famous by the All Blacks rugby team, or chow down at a traditional hangi (Maori feast cooked in the ground). Cultural travellers can carve a pendant from bone or pounamu (jade); learn some Maori language; or check out an authentic cultural performance with song, dance, legends, arts and crafts. To learn about Maori myths and spirituality, join a guided tour through ancient forests or in a waka (canoe) along storied rivers. Big city and regional museums around the country are crammed with Maori artefacts and historical items, but this is also a living culture: vibrant, potent and contemporary.