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Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village

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17 Tryon Street | Whakarewarewa Village, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand
+64 7-349 3463
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Whakarewarewa, The Living Maori Village Guided Tour with Optional Hangi Meal
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In August 2015 Whakarewarewa received recognition as one of the Lonely Planets’ Top 500 Ultimate Travel Destinations, being ranked at #276 in the world. he 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 Performance, 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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  • Average7%
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“cultural show” (168 reviews)
“hangi pie” (42 reviews)
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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17 Tryon Street | Whakarewarewa Village, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand
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+64 7-349 3463
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The view is so so & the guide did not explain much, only 3 spots and we have to wonder alone. If you have time, better to visit Te Puia.More

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WhakaVillage, General Manager at Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Kia ora, We are sorry to hear that you felt your visit was average: As we often hear often that our visitors delight in the authenticity of our experience: That is a real life living village, you get to see facilities that have been built...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago

Went there with teenage kids. Loved the story behind the village, seeing people who live there with steaming geothermal pools in their backyard, lots to see. Go with the guides as they are fascinating. We went at 1pm and the tour ended at the cultural...More

Thank Jamsoph
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WhakaVillage, General Manager at Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Kia ora, Wow, thank you. We really appreciate you sharing your thoughts both with your fellow travellers, as well as with us. It's important for us to gauge whether we are on track with our offering. It sounds like you made the most of your...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago

This was a great experience to learn all about the Maori Culture 7 how they used to live & some do still live there. You could spend quite a few hours here & we did taking in shows, talking to the local people, & of...More

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WhakaVillage, General Manager at Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Kia ora, Thank you for both taking the time to write the is review, as well as choosing to visit us. We know that there are a number of Maori village options out there (though we always say our point of difference is we are...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago

Joined a small group tour to this village. Nice walking around the village but a bit sad to realize that there are few real residents in the village right now. Tour guide was very knowledgeable and learnt some interesting facts about Maori life. Geothermal pools...More

Thank ECWorld
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WhakaVillage, General Manager at Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Kia Ora, Village life has its ebbs and flows, people come and go - Whaka is home, and always will be to many! Thanks for sharing your thoughts on the guided tour, glad this was an interesting experience for you and that you got some...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This was a very interesting tour and we learned a lot about the Maori culture and way of life. The tour being during the day, it was perfect for our toddler. Other kids were there as well. The show was very nice and the lunch...More

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WhakaVillage, General Manager at Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Kia ora, Thank you - we are delighted that you chose to visit us, and pleased that you took the opportunity to join our guided tour, great that it was suitable for your toddler too, as you've pointed out, the tour is well pitched for...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This was my second visit to the village and it didnt disappoint. We watched the cultural show first and then had the tour conducted by Michael. Every member of our family loved the show, the tour and wandering around the village. We also thoroughly enjoyed...More

Thank Julian S
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WhakaVillage, General Manager at Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Kia ora, Thank you for coming again, we are delighted we lived up to your expectations on Visit Two! Michael, we agree, he's a wonderful and hospitable guide, he is also a fountain of knowledge on all things Village and Maori culture. Please, come again,...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Loved this tour! It was laid back and you felt that you got to know the village people and area far more intimately than some organised tours. Our guide was fun and had full of knowledge. So recommend this tour! It was fantastic!More

Thank bouncy1
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WhakaVillage, General Manager at Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Tena koe, Wow, thank you! We love your reference to the intimate feel of the village and your experience on the guided tour. The village is, of course, home to many of our staff, which we feel makes all the difference: Our visitors get to...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I do not normally like attractions of this sort, but this is the wonderful exceptions that proves the rule. Our tour guide was the chief. He was very humorous and full of interesting information supported by wonderful small stories. The Maori dance and song show...More

Thank T2865CLdavid
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WhakaVillage, General Manager at Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Kia Ora, Thank you so much for taking the time to pen this review, we really appreciate it, especially as you said you don't usually enjoy 'attractions' like this, perhaps it was that we are an authentic living village, that made the difference for you....More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

A group of us visited Whakarewarewa in January. We had a great time, and we wished we could have spent more time there. Alas, we were rained out. No worries, the guide was great and the show was too.More

Thank Timothy M
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WhakaVillage, General Manager at Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Kia Ora, Kapai (thank-you) for sharing your thoughts, it's lovely to hear you've been recently and came back again - good stuff! Yes, the weather was misbehaving itself this week - sorry about that. We are delighted to hear you enjoyed your tour - and...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We loved this. It was a rainy day but we decided to visit Whakarewarewa anyway and we were glad that we did. The guide was a whakapapa - a descendant of the inhabitants of the village who had lived there himself. Great tour taking in...More

Thank BBTrisha
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WhakaVillage, General Manager at Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Kia Ora, What a delight to read your comments. Thank you for taking the time to share this with us (so we know we are on track) as well as your fellow travellers. Yes, as you found, our guides whakapapa back to the Village, and...More

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Stella C
16 March 2018|
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Response from Lexie2Hawick | Reviewed this property |
Hi. The tour took about 1 hour the performance approx 45 mins.
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Response from Dane40 | Reviewed this property |
The village is located in town so easy to get there. Only the Maori people actually living in the village use the pools - and only after visiting hours. If you want to go into hot pools go to Hells Gate instead. They have... More
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nasimah981
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Response from 708Robin | Reviewed this property |
The centre is open from 8.30 in the morning. The tour and entertainment were all part of the tour.
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