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Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village

17 Tryon Street | Whakarewarewa Village, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand
+64 7-349 3463
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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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17 Tryon Street | Whakarewarewa Village, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand
+64 7-349 3463
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Whakarewarewa Maori Village is showing the cultural habits of the locals using the geothermal pools. Great info on their website, entrance 35NZ (you have options with meal included as well) 2 performances (30min) at 11:15 and 14:00 Every hour guided tour in the village (also...More

Thank kprimasz
Reviewed 2 days ago

My husband and two daughters (17 and 9) visited and we really enjoyed it. A "must do" when you come to New Zealand. We almost didn't go because we had already done a different Maori show. I am so glad we went. We even got...More

Thank Jacqueline R
Reviewed 3 days ago

This is a "Must do" - you are escorted around a living village with a local guide. It is a great way to understand the culture and way of life of the Maori people and to get close to some geothermal activity and see how...More

Thank PamNottingham_UK
Reviewed 4 days ago

We had a free afternoon and so decided to visit here and we are really glad we did. The cultural 'show' put on twice a day was fantastic and great that visitors can join in learning the huka (although a shame they only invited men...More

Thank Atkos
Reviewed 4 days ago

Arrive for 10am guided tour by a Maori village resident. It is still a living village, and learn a lot about the local people and the difficulties they are experiencing as tourist hotels are encroaching, tapping their geo-thermal energy and cutting them off from the...More

Thank RosieFifeGirl
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Whakarewarewa feels like a genuine Maori village, as it has been for hundreds of years. Obviously now largely caters to tourists but they admit this and it doesn't detract from the feel. Cultural performance was very good and entertaining and the corn is well worth...More

Thank Amy H
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

It was ok for the price of $35 - you get a traditional maori performance & tour. The tour itself was ok - it was interesting to learn about their way of life. I guess for the most part it feels quite modern - if...More

Thank zirahothman
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A good tour with an excellent guide from the family who live in this village. Worth a visit to get an all round view of how life could have be en in Rotorua.

Thank Chris H
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Thank you for allowing us to gain some experience of the Maori culture. Our guide was terrific. Manuwa provided a terrific insight into the history and culture of this special community. We enjoyed learning about the importance of the connection you have to your ancestors....More

Thank Rynell H
Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I visited Whakarewarewa Living Village when we visited Rotorua last week. Our guide (Waimaaria) was amazing and very knowledgeable as she lived in the village itself. Because we were the first to be there we got an almost personalized tour :) ....More

Thank Synoptics
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Hilary R
I am very interested in historical and cultural education-- I'm not from New Zealand and don't know much about Maori culture. Is there an overview/presentation/exhibit somewhere in the village to offer some historical/cultural/tradition context?
24 May 2017|
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Response from Simon C | Reviewed this property |
Yes. It is set up for amateurs like you and me!
Hi, Just wondering how long would it take roughly for the tour, the cultural performance and the Hangi lunch? Thanks.
3 February 2017|
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Response from WTVT | Property representative |
AS JACKCCCCC mentioned above, we have a cutlural performance show twice a day at 11.15 am and 2.00pm. The shows are around 30 - 40 minutes with photo opportunities with the performers. The guided tours are hourly from 9.00... More
Is it suitable for a pushchair?
27 December 2016|
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Response from WTVT | Property representative |
Yes it is suitable for pushchairs.