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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

Great choice for cultural experience and hangi feast during the day if you are travelling with small children. We didn't want to do an evening package as kids are small and still adjusting to time difference so went for a visit here with lunch option,...More

Thank Helen W
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Decent entry price to support a living Maori village with unique location of thermal geysers and hot spring activities. Not to mention good guides and nice cultural atmosphere. Can't wait for the show at 2pm. Can be crowded in peak seasons. If need to get...More

Thank Ben L
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Went with two teenage kids, both of which were interested in the attractions presented. We only time for one Maori cultural experience to choose, and are thoroughly pleased we chose this one. Is expensive, however does present a good insight into a living Maori village....More

Thank Alistair M
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Authentic, genuine, fun, interesting, well organised, good hangi, clean amenities.....cultural show was fantastic, high energy, funny, beautiful voices and harmony especially the young saprano - brought tears to my eyes! Our guide -the 'Chief' was entertaining, had a lovely voice, very knowlegable and humble ...best...More

Thank Hils51
Reviewed 4 days ago

Brought family visitor to Rotovegas to see and smell the sights. First stop at her request was the geysers, but we all stopped dead when we saw it was going to cost us $150 just to walk around and see dirty water squirting out of...More

1  Thank GarthofPapakura
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Really enjoyable visit to a living Maori village, so glad we opted for this rather than the government run village adjacent to the site. I wanted to know more about the Maori way of life - this gives a Superb insight into traditional Maori life,...More

Thank Sarah E
Reviewed 1 week ago

I visited Whakarewarewa with my partner for the afternoon a few weeks ago and both a great time exploring the village and learning about the way of life for the kids and adults that live and grow up in this amazing place. Our guide was...More

Thank Edward W
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Manawa our guide did a great job of respectfully introducing us to her place and the Maori culture. We started quite formally with a greeting in Maori language and it added a air of being on Maori land. The town is fascinating and she gave...More

Thank Catherine P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I visited this village with my husband in 2004 and came back this time with our daughter and my Dad after singing its praises as a real Maori village experience. I am pleased to say that it lived up to our expectations and was every...More

Thank squares1967
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Come to where the ground is so warm and enjoy a guided tour of a village that is still being lived in. This was well worth the time and money as the guides are all from the village and share with you the rich past...More

Thank Maureen C
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Karen M
28 July 2017|
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Response from OscarPirate | Reviewed this property |
Hi There are definitely a lot of places that you could access in a wheel chair. However, there are unfortunately some steps down to platforms. Otherwise, the cafe, where they have the cultural show and the shops had ramps... More
Victoria W
11 July 2017|
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Response from AmitChheda | Reviewed this property |
Half day visit is good enough
Hilary R
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!