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Whakarewarewa Village Guided Tour provided by Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village

Whakarewarewa Village Guided Tour

Whakarewarewa Village Guided Tour
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Tour snapshot
Duration:
1h 30m
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Group size:
20
Wheelchair accessible
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
  • Duration:
    1h 30m
  • Taking Covid-19 safety measures
  • Group size:
    20
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Ticket type:
    Mobile
  • Free cancellation
About
Experience the warmth of our Legacy Guided Tours through New Zealand’s iconic Maori village. Our village guides are direct descendants of the early Māori guides who’s legacy shaped tourism in New Zealand for generations. Their insights, knowledge and legendary hospitality (manaakitanga) adds depth and richness to the experience you’ll have at Whakarewarewa.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 1h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
What to expect
Know before you go
  • Duration: 1h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
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Call the number below and use the product code: 6913P7
Important information
Inclusions
  • Entry Ticket
  • Entry/Admission - Rotorua
Duration
1h 30m
Departure details
  • 17 Tryon Street, Whakarewarewa, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travellers
Inclusions
  • Entry Ticket
  • Entry/Admission - Rotorua
Departure details
  • 17 Tryon Street, Whakarewarewa, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand
Duration
1h 30m
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travellers
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
What you can expect during your visit
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    17 Tryon Street
    17 Tryon Street, Whakarewarewa, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand
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    Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village
    Stop: 90 minutes - Admission included
    Iconic Guided Tour is the legacy guided Village experience and home of the Tūhourangi Ngāti Wāhiao people, who have shared their unique way of life and stories with visitors from all around the world for over two hundred years. To continue this guiding legacy, Visitors will be able to book a Guided Tour through the Village to enjoy the warmth of our manaakitanga once again from our Village people, experience the amazement of nature’s boiling mud and hot-spring pools including viewing the world famous Pohutu Geyser safely from our two viewing platforms. A fun and educational experience for the whole family. Included in your guided tour is an opportunity to try a piece of corn on the cob enjoying the unique taste of Kai (food) cooked in our largest hot pool.
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  • You'll return to the starting point
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Liam
2 contributions
May 2021
Ever since we left Whakarewarewa Village, my friends and I can't stop thinking about it.
Wow - what a humbling and moving experience. Our tour guide was a lovely gentleman named Paora. His passion for his culture was evident, and he made us feel at home in his precious village. He was incredibly informative and answered all of our questions. His sense of humour was also top-notch. Will miss him!

It's the only living Maori village in Rotorua, and I highly recommend Whakarewarewa over some of the more 'touristy' Geothermal attractions.
Make sure to visit their cafe to try their Hangi Pies - what a fantastic meal!

We were lucky enough to catch a cultural performance, which was wonderful. What a talented group. It was incredibly interactive and they even taught us how to use the Poi, and to do the Haka!

THANK YOU to all of the staff, and Paora (Chief).
Oh, and make sure to try their special Geothermal cooked sweet corn!
Written 22 May 2021
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Dee
4 contributions
A wonderful guided tour pleasantly surprised by the treat we got to taste cooked in one of the hot springs. Though we went as a couple it is suitable for families with young children. Highly recommended. Always that more special when your guide is a direct descendant of the whenua and its History. This fulfilled our travel experience of appreciating a slice of Aotearoa in Rotorua x
Written 12 July 2021
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Junior I
7 contributions
My partner and I did both the self guided tour and the guided village tour. Both were amazing and would highly recommend to everyone.

Our tour guide, Paora, was just top notch, very informative, entertaining and humorous. He's by no means an O.B.E. (Ordinary Brown Entertainer) as he claimed, buy rather an exceptional one. He really did make a great impact on our day today at the village.
Written 12 March 2021
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WTVTManagement
Tena Koe, Yes, Paora (aka chief) is one of our exceptional guides (though they all are!) and is known for dazzling and entertaining our manuhiri (guests) with her knowledge and passion. We will pass this feedback on for sure. We agree, taking our guided tour with one of our guides is the best way to gain valuable insight into our history and way of life. Our guides, who all whakapapa back to Whakarewarewa Village, are related to the guides who guided at the Pink and White Terraces. They are knowledgeable, informative, fun and do love sharing stories of the past, so it is good to hear that you connected well with your guide. We hope to see you next time soon, thank you for supporting us!
Written 15 March 2021
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SereneSwee
Singapore, Singapore791 contributions
We were honoured to have Michael, the Golden Child of the village as our tour guide. He is sooo humorous and informative. Gave an good insight of life in a such a geothermal active village. There are 3 geysers which will go off naturally around an hr or so. The show is short and sweet. Performed genuinely with passion. The hangi pie is super delicious and corn is so sweet and juicy. Photos tell it all! Definitely have to try. My kid love it so much! Regrettably, we were rather exhausted from carrying 2 toddlers hence did not explore the nature walk.. Lovely people and beautiful culture..
Written 9 November 2021
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Natasha D
18 contributions
Just spent well over an hour on this tour. Our guide was a young woman whose family have lived in the village for generations. Her knowledge was awesome and any question we had she answered. As part of the tour we were treated to a piece of sweetcorn which was cooked in one of the hot pools, needless to say that was delicious especially because she wasn't stingy with the butter. Thank you so much for your hospitality...we will definitely be back.
Written 19 February 2021
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WTVTManagement
Kia ora. Thank you for your lovely review and for recommending our experience. we are delighted you had an amazing guided tour here. Our guides are so full of knowledge and passion and love extending that knowledge to our manuhiri (guests) - it's a privilege! Taking our guided tour with one of our guides is the best way to gain valuable insight into our history and way of life. Our guides, who all whakapapa back to Whakarewarewa Village, are related to the guides who guided at the Pink and White Terraces. They are knowledgeable, informative, fun and do love sharing stories of the past, so it is good to hear that you experienced this. We’d love the opportunity to welcome you again one day. Whakarewarewa Team
Written 22 February 2021
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Jess
1 contribution
Jun 2021 • Couples
Our guided tour was awesome!
Our tour guide CHIEF was entertaining and so informative. The tour was amazing, getting to know details of why and how they live on the land and use their amazing resources living amongst geothermal landscapes.

Definitely the absolute highlight of our trip !
Nga mihi nui 💗
Written 13 June 2021
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Jordan Welsh
New Zealand1 contribution
Apr 2022
Brilliant tour and learnt so much! A must do for visiting New Zealand. The tour gave great insight of the Maori culture
Written 10 April 2022
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Richard M
6 contributions
Relaxed, entertaining and highly informative.
A unique village within a geothermal area. The geology and cultural heritage are intertwined. We felt privileged to briefly share their home.
Written 21 October 2021
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Leorah K
Lewiston, ID53 contributions
Nov 2020
What an amazing experience! Definitely recommended. Getting to experience an authentic Maori Village was so incredible. The Haka was so cool! And the food after the tour was so good!
Written 21 July 2021
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Hayz
Auckland Central, New Zealand3 contributions
Great time, personal and really informative. We loved Chief as our guide. A truly authentic experience. Highly recommend.
Written 10 July 2021
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By: Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village
Robyn G
Robyn G
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A disappointing return
Whakarewarewa has long been a favourite place for me to visit but I have to say this time I found it disappointing.
LINDA L
LINDA L
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Interesting to be amongst history.
We loved the fact that people actually live and work in this village. Enjoyed the show put on. Make sure you go and
Deene1091
Deene1091
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Horrible and over priced
Terrible terrible,over charged to walk around and see nothing do not recommend this activity at all so so disappoin
jonsean
jonsean
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Very rundown and uninspiring...
No tourists currently but the lack of care that has been taken with this attraction isn't due to COVID. It's long
Paul M
Paul M
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Very good geothermal trail
Did the Geothermal Trail. Very interesting. Saw hot pools, bubbling mud and great views of the surrounding area. Be
CarolineStein83
CarolineStein83
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Maori History - A must See
We've been living in New Zealand for 3years now & it was just remarkable to hear the historic ways of this Maori vi
MatthewA843
MatthewA843
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Revisit to Maori Village
I last visited the village about 60 years ago when I was young. It was interesting to see it now, learn more about
KiwiExplorers21
KiwiExplorers21
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Self Guided Geothermal Tour
After experiencing many other geothermal type walks in Rotorua we were somewhat disappointed with this one. We foun
Graham G
Graham G
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A great walk through a Maori village and thermal wonderland
A great walk through a Maori village with a meeting house and churches. The walk includes walking around a thermal
tuwhare
tuwhare
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A step back in time
This is a must do for anyone visiting Rotorua. The guide was so knowledgeable and the corn was cooked to perfection
Keza71
Keza71
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Awesome Experience!
Staff are very friendly and helpful. Highly recommend doing this activity. We had the best time walking around and
stut254
stut254
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Ok But False Advertising
The self-guided walk was pretty good but overall we had a sour taste due to the false advertising. The web page f
missmcleay
missmcleay
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Lovely relaxing walk
We had a lovely walk through the recently opened geothermal trail. The staff were knowledgeable and friendly. The g
SabinaAltorf
SabinaAltorf
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the self guided tour
The great thing about this walk is the spectacular views of Rotorua and the village. The walk was really fun and en
Naina-Damani
Naina-Damani
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AMAZING DANCE AND PERFORMANCE.
The Living Maori Village is a portal to the history and traditions of the indigenous people. It is one of the best
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