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Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village

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Address: 17 Tryon Street | Whakarewarewa Village, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand (Formerly Whakarewarewa: The Living Thermal Village)
Phone Number:
+64 7-349 3463

The Living Maori Village is set among the geothermal landscape of the Te...

The Living Maori Village is set among the geothermal landscape of the Te Whakarewarewa Valley, a ten minute walk from town. See the Geysers, Bubbling Pools, Mud Pools, and Steam Vents and walk our back tracks with amazing photo opportunities.

The Living Maori Village is an authentic and unique attraction where the villagers live, cook and bath in the geothermal waters on a daily basis. The entry fee includes a fully guided tour and Maori Cultural Perfoemnace, including the world famous HAKA.

Our guides are direct descendants of the guides who guided at the Pink and White Terraces over 170 years ago, this legacy is as important today as it was then.

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This is a great place to visit, very interesting and our guide was good. Seeing the village and hearing the history gave us a good insight into the Maori way of life. The... read more

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This is a great place to visit, very interesting and our guide was good. Seeing the village and hearing the history gave us a good insight into the Maori way of life. The geothermal steam vents were going off during our time there which was a bonus. Souvenir shops and a number of different eating options available. A cultural performance... More 

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Benalla, Victoria, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We had a lovely day at this village. Our guide was Girly and she was great and very proud of her heritage. We were fascinated by the thermal activity and loved the kids in the river who asked us to throw money - which of course we did. It was good to know that they have to put any money... More 

Thank Lee W
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Tour guide was very entertaining and knowledgeable. The geothermal pools are incredible. The highlight was the Maori singers and dancers at the end of the tour, the Haka dance was fantastic!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Despite the POURING rain, our guide remained upbeat and kept our group interested through the tour of the geothermal and Maori cultural interest points. The Maori show may not be the most polished out there, it was fun and conducted with good spirit by all the performers. And seeing the Haka live is always impressive!

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The size of the tour group was huge, at least 30-40 people. No effort was made to break the group up. The tour guide arrived and it was clear from the start that she was either having a bad day or hated her job, certainly she seemed like she hated tourists. She went through the motions for the whole tour,... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I understand that the money raised through entrance fees helps the village but after paying for three adults to be taken on the tour it didn't really satisfy our expectations. The trip could have been fascinating but instead was pretty superficial and thin on legend and facts. Don't really get that close to the geysers - have to pay to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Exceptional, part of understanding the peoples of this area and NZ pride and heritage! The village and meal are fun informative and unique for NZ Helps support continuation of the culture and language. Information that you cannot get from travelling the country on your own. Meal is also part of the experience, tasty and good value. Warm hospitable evening experience.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We and our twins enjoyed this site. The geothermal activity was quite interesting to see. The tour guide was also interesting and gave good commentary. However, I seriously doubt that the NZ Maori were trading with Europeans 800 years ago, which is what she said. I asked her to be sure and she repeated it. Unfortunately, we forgot our water... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What an interesting place. We watched the excellent cultural show of Maori singing and dancing (including the powerful Huka) then went on a tour of this living Maori village, led by the villagers. They still cook in thermal pools and you can taste some of this food.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I highly recommend this experience. Our guide was brilliant. The cultural performance was really great. Stunning views.

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