I am interested in seeing/experiencing a little bit of Maori culture during our visit of Rotorua during the Christmas holidays.
Which are the recommended budget options for that?
I found Tamiki Maori Village to be a good all round experience. It has been a long time since I visited but it is still going so it must be doing something right. No doubt it's on tripadvisor so give it a search.
When I did it we were picked up from our hotel in their bus, the guide made the experience on the way there awesome, and really right from the arrival the experience never stopped, from the welcome to the village set up and show and food.
A good evening all round. Look it up.
If Tamaki Village is out of your price range, Whakarewarewa Village is a living village, has a perfromance, thermal activity and is reasonably priced.
We went to Mitai which was a fantastic evening. Bus picked us (family) up from the motel and brought us home again. The evening was both entertaining and informative. The dancing and hakas came with a great explanation of the history and meaning, a beautifully prepared meal (smorgasbord) then an evening walk to see glow worms and information n the native trees including local history right back to the New Zealand Land wars. My wife, children (10&8) and I all loved the experience. As with all places like this it is done for the tourists, but it is done well
We did enjoy Tamiki Maori Village, and we recommend.