New Zealand infantry performs Maori haka in spine …
A range of traditional Maori products used for Kapa Haka groups.
While these are the right terms to correlate with the haka, they do not fully justify the life force, the movements, words, themes, rhythm, meaning, history, or style that make up the haka.
Although there are many differences between the kinds of war dance, the common denominator is that they are all danced with weapons.
During pre-European and times of early contact, the haka was performed as a component of the formal course when two groups had meetings.
Haka Performance at New Zealand Tourism Guide
If time permits, be sure to visit the highly rated Te Papa, the Museum of New Zealand. Then skirt the Tongariro National Park, dominated by the volcanic cone of Mt Ruapehu, to reach Rotorua, the centre of Maori Culture and home to boiling mud pools and steaming craters. Experience a traditional hangi (feast) and cultural performance featuring Maori songs, chants & dance including the stirring haka. Enjoy a guided tour of the Hobbiton Movie set and be transported by the beauty of the stunning Coromandel Peninsula before arriving into Auckland, the “City of Sails.”