Discover where Australia begins at Tjapukai. Explore the rich history of the world's oldest living culture, dating back over 40,000 years.
Whether you visit the park by day or night, you will enjoy a unique cultural experience with performance, dance, food and arts. Tjapukai is all-weather, wheelchair and pram friendly, offering unique experiences in one location.
Tjapukai has been sharing the authentic culture and traditions of the local Djabugay people for the past 28 years, providing employment opportunities for their people and giving the performers immense pride in demonstrating their culture.
Under the guidance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people at Tjapukai's Cultural Village you can see and touch traditional weapons and utensils.
Try Aboriginal hunting methods with a spear and boomerang, discover the ancient medicinal and food uses of bush plants and learn about the didgeridoo. The world famous Tjapukai Aboriginal dancers will invite you to shake a leg in their corroboree and teach you Djabugay language with a song before demonstrating a fire-making ceremony. Clap to the rhythmic drumming and harmonies of the Torres Strait Islander people in their spectacular Dhari head dresses.
Add to your experience by joining Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists to paint a boomerang, weave with plants and create rainforest jewellery to make your own souvenirs. Learn about bush foods and the traditional uses of native plants from an Aboriginal guide as you wander through Tjapukai's native gardens.
In the Cultural Centre, witness the ancient dreamtime story of the Tjapukai people's belief in the creation of the world through live performance and the world's most technologically advanced visual effects. Gain an understanding into the impacts of the stolen generation and be inspired by Indigenous heroes past and present as you wander through the History and Heroes walk.The Art of My People talk will guide you through a variety of art styles as you learn about the differences between the Aboriginal clans throughout Australia.
Night Fire is Tjapukai's signature evening activity where you will meet the Indigenous rainforest people, who paint your face to link you to their traditional land and more. Follow the Tjapukai warriors to a corroboree celebrating Aboriginal Dreamtime stories and join the Rainbow Serpent circle to learn traditional language songs before the ceremonial fire is lit with a spectacular fire ball shooting towards the stars.
Dinner will see you enjoy Australian meats, seafood and an array of salads and desserts featuring tantalising Indigenous flavours at the Flame Tree Bar & Grill. Relax around the fire with the Tjapukai warriors where there is time for an intimate chat, an end to a night of cultural entertainment.
The Nightfire experience includes: Native Spiced Canapes and Complimentary Welcome Drink. Delicious Buffet Dinner. Didgeridoo Show. Lakeside Fire Ceremony, Face Painting with Spectacular Fire Ball. Tjapukai Aboriginal Dance Performance & Photo Opportunity.
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85 Phillips Drive
Oropi Downs Tauranga
Phone: +64 (07) 577 1434