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Whaka Geothermal Trails Self-Guided Tour provided by Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village

Whaka Geothermal Trails Self-Guided Tour

Whaka Geothermal Trails Self-Guided Tour
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Tour snapshot
Duration:
30–60 minutes
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Group size:
15
Wheelchair accessible
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
About
Our new geothermal nature trails provide exclusive access to an untouched geothermal landscape where visitors can experience the raw nature of Papatuanuku (mother-earth). The Jurassic park-like landscape is described as providing regenerative powers as you find yourself face-to-face with Nature, Hot Spring Lakes, Mud Pools, Geysers and native manuka bushlands.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 30-60 minutes
  • 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: 30-60 minutes
  • 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
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 6913P8
Important information
Inclusions
  • Whakarewarewa Entry Ticket
  • Entry/Admission - Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village
Duration
30–60 minutes
Departure details
  • 17 Tryon Street, Whakarewarewa, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand 17 Tryon street, Whakarewarewa
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is 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 15 travellers
Inclusions
  • Whakarewarewa Entry Ticket
  • Entry/Admission - Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village
Departure details
  • 17 Tryon Street, Whakarewarewa, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand 17 Tryon street, Whakarewarewa
Duration
30–60 minutes
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
  • 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 15 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
    17 Tryon street, Whakarewarewa
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    Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village
    Stop: 60 minutes - Admission included
    The trails are self-guided walks ranging between 30 and 60 minutes and suitable for people with a low level of fitness. These trails combine views of native ferns, edible plants and eerie glimpses of our unique geothermal landscape, including colourful steaming lakes and thermal pools that you can only view at Whakarewarewa. You will definitely find a most memorable photo-snap opportunity for your social media profile! The Whaka Geothermal Trails will be an ongoing reserve development as we open new areas to be discovered.
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  • You'll return to the starting point
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Robyn G
Raglan, New Zealand90 contributions
May 2022
Whakarewarewa has long been a favourite place for me to visit but I have to say this time I found it disappointing. I got the $30 self-guided tour, which I was surprised to discover didn't included access to the village or the main geothermal area. The only way to see this area now is through the $40 guided tour. And, ok, I appreciate that this is a place where people live and they may no longer want random tourists traipsing around their streets, but the self-guided tour felt like a disappointing alternative. Yeah, it was a pleasant walk and I saw the steam lakes that I'd never visited before, but it felt overpriced. Perhaps Whakarewarewa needs a revamp to really highlight what makes it unique and not just another Rotorua tourist attraction.
Written 15 May 2022
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KiwiExplorers
Manawatu-Wanganui Region, New Zealand40 contributions
Dec 2021
After experiencing many other geothermal type walks in Rotorua we were somewhat disappointed with this one. We found the most interesting views were right at the end of the trail and until that point it was not very exciting. You cannot see the Pohutu Geyser on this self guided tour. The guided tour of Whakarewarewa Village appears to show you it though and I would recommend doing a guided tour of the village as a more interesting and valuable alternative. For the geothermal self guided walk alone, the price is quite hefty, at $30 per adult, but we were able to book discounted tickets through BookMe.
Written 2 January 2022
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Stu T
Tauranga, New Zealand163 contributions
The self-guided walk was pretty good but overall we had a sour taste due to the false advertising.

The web page for the self-guided walk states that you'll "find yourself face-to-face with Nature, Hot Spring Lakes, Mud Pools, Geysers and native manuka bushlands". It also specifically mentions the Pohutu Geyser and has a photo of it.

But it turns out the Pohutu Geyser is not included in that tour. Only the more expensive guided tour.

So we left disappointed and annoyed. It was the attraction we wanted to see most of all.

We noticed a number of people with the yellow self-guided stickers were coming back from the geyser path. They obviously decided to go anyway. But we're the type of people who stick to the rules, even when the rules are wrong.

The rest of the attractions were ok and we enjoyed it enough. If they fix up the website then we would've been much happier, or paid more to see the geyser.
Written 2 April 2021
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Shona W
2 contributions
Jun 2022
I wouldn't recommend anyone waste their time doing the self guided tour. There was no information sign posted anywhere along the way so didn't learn anything about history or geography of the area. For what you actually get to see you'd be better off visiting Kuirau Park where it's free to see geothermal activity.
Written 20 June 2022
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Keri K
Sydney, Australia185 contributions
Staff are very friendly and helpful. Highly recommend doing this activity. We had the best time walking around and looking at the thermal pools snd part of the village.
The cafe was the perfect stop after our walk for a local Hangi made steambox pie and cuppa. Covid has hurt a lot of places and it was so good to be able to support this wonderful village.
Written 3 June 2021
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Aiden
1 contribution
Jun 2022 • Couples
Really interesting to learn the history of the local tribes and the geothermal activity in the area, while at the same time walking through some really unique landforms.
Written 25 June 2022
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Hayley B
1 contribution
Apr 2022 • Family
Terrible terrible,over charged to walk around and see nothing do not recommend this activity at all so so disappointed and feel ripped off.
Written 8 April 2022
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Graham G
Auckland, New Zealand15 contributions
Aug 2021
A great walk through a Maori village with a meeting house and churches. The walk includes walking around a thermal wonderland of boiling hot pools and boiling mud, sighting a geyser. A magical experience, well worth it.
Written 6 August 2021
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Sabina Altorf
2 contributions
Jan 2021
The great thing about this walk is the spectacular views of Rotorua and the village. The walk was really fun and enjoyable. You walk of the lakes and you get to embrace the wonders of the village and its history.
Written 7 January 2021
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WTVTManagement
Kia ora! We appreciate and love reading reviews like this! Thank you for choosing to visit our newest experience - Whaka Geothermal Trails. Our landscape truly is something else, the mud pools geysers and steaming vents all add to the village along with the birds and trees! It is really an experience you should not miss.
Written 22 February 2021
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By: Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village
smahony219
smahony219
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Definitely recommend, though no Haka because Covid
We weren't 100% sure what this tour would be, but are very glad we did it! If you are looking for a tour that will
Joseph B
Joseph B
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++ Cultural Experience
Amazing cultural experience with a fantastic guide! Highly recommend the living village as a key Rotorua attractio
GeoffWSydney
GeoffWSydney
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Guide made our tour special
This tour was made special by the guide. A descendent of the original people and a resident, he showed us the site
Lowey17
Lowey17
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Worth a visit - great guide!
The guided Villiage Tour was great. Our guide was very knowledgable and gave us alot of insight in to the village a
587bee
587bee
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Great whanau/friend welcoming
Lovely walk around our guide I can't remember her name but she was lovely and full of information and I loved how s
radicaledward
radicaledward
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Beauty, history, corn
Last minute change of plans to stop by here since Te Puia was closed, so glad we did!! For anyone curious to learn
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
Jwelsh20
Jwelsh20
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Amazing tour
Brilliant tour and learnt so much! A must do for visiting New Zealand. The tour gave great insight of the Maori cul
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
SereneSwee
SereneSwee
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Must visit!
We were honoured to have Michael, the Golden Child of the village as our tour guide. He is sooo humorous and inform
RichardM8571
RichardM8571
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The origins of tourism in New Zealand
Relaxed, entertaining and highly informative. A unique village within a geothermal area. The geology and cultural
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
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