That night we all slept in the main hall of the marae on mattresses on the floor, and then all ate breakfast together in the morning. Everything was relaxed and laid back and uncle boy was always there to chat to, or ask questions, or just listen to as he told stories, either of tradition, or history, or just general life.
A really great and worthwhile visit.
The Makatu Cultural stop, is something that the Stray buses offer which was really excellent. Uncle Boy, the man that runs the whole evening is one of the friendliest and kind men. He welcomed us all into the marae and we all ate the Hangi, the traditional mouri meal together. The evening was filled with amazing information about Maori history, and everyone was so happy to answer any questions we might have, allowing us all to get a real idea of the maori life, both in history, and how most live today. We got to see a show of the Haka and the poi and some warrior dances, songs and amazing displays with the old style weapons. We then also got to participate with the boys all learning the haka and the girls learning the poi.....much harder than it looks i've got to say!!