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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...more
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17 Tryon Street | Whakarewarewa Village, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We really enjoyed our guided tour in the village which is situated on a geothermal site: you can see a lot of hot pools and fumeroles among the houses, that's great! We also loved the show with the Maori artists who teach us some danses...More

Thank leopold l
WhakaVillage, General Manager at Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Kia ora, It is so lovely to read these comments, thank you for both choosing to visit us and taking the time to share your experience with your fellow travellers. We have lots on offer here at Whakarewarewa. Our guided tour, as you experienced, lets...More

Reviewed 3 days ago

This village was great. Make sure to get the hangi meal and village tour. It wasn't too touristy at all. In fact, the people actually live there. It smells a little like sulfur. The best part was seeing the geyser, which was fun. Our tour...More

Thank nytennislover17
WhakaVillage, General Manager at Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Kia ora! Thank you for visiting and taking the time to visit us. We are delighted you enjoyed your visit with us and took the time to experience what we have to offer - our way of life, geothermal activity (how neat is that geyser?)...More

Reviewed 5 days ago

If you want to have an authentic Maori cultural experience for a few hours, a visit to Whakarewarewa is a must. We were assigned a Maori guide who explained to us the various parts of the village. The biggest takeaway from this tour is to...More

Thank GreenThumb331
WhakaVillage, Manager at Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Kia ora Green Thumb, Thank you so much for taking the time to review Whakarewarewa The Living Maori Village - but most of all, for coming to visit us on your Cruise stop in Tauranga. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your visit to...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I enjoyed the village for c. 3 hours: the guided tour and the nature walks. We find it less impressive than Te Puia when it comes to the geothermal activities that nature displays, yet very interesting for the fact that it shows...More

Thank Dom21076
WhakaVillage, General Manager at Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Kia Ora First of all, thank you so much - we really appreciate you choosing to visit us. We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your experience with us, we pride ourselves in providing an excellent experience for our manuhiri (guests) so thank...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited Whakarewarewa during our time in Rotorua, and would recommend it to anybody looking to experience Māori culture. We did look at a couple of other villages, but the prices were eyewatering (over $100pp). In comparison, we booked here the day before and it...More

Thank wanderlist10
WhakaVillage, General Manager at Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Tena Koe , Kapai (thank-you) for sharing your thoughts, it is a shame with the weather! Pleased to hear you had a good experience though, despite the weather. Sometimes in the rain the feeling can be even more intriguing with the steam and mist from...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What a lovely experience. I highly urge you to learn what these wonderful people have to teach you about the Maori people.

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

Kia ora, Thank you so much for your kind comments, this is appreciated. Ngā mihi nui Lou

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Informative and interesting tour with guide who was nice but you new it was just business to him. As soon as the tour finished he was off like a rocket. The shop owners were extremely friendly and helpful, the Maori dancers were also great. Interesting...More

Thank Bazil27
WhakaVillage, General Manager at Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Kia Ora First of all, thank you so much for taking the time to visit us on your New Zealand adventure - we really appreciate you choosing to visit us. Great to hear that you took the time to experience our tour, we take your...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Anyone going to Rotorua wanting the authentic cultural experience from the people who have lived there for over 100 years needs only go to Whaka (Whaka-Rewa-Rewa-tanga) not to be missed! It is a great experience, very informative from some of the people who still live...More

Thank crowntours369
WhakaVillage, General Manager at Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Kia ora, Thank you so much for your kind comments and for pointing out how to say Whakarewarewa - yes, it can be a tongue twister for some! As you experienced, taking our guided tour with one of our guides is the best way to...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We didn't experience any shows per se but the whole thermal experience was amazing. A step back in time, it seemed to us. Watching Maori lads carve a 'totem' for a special occasion overseas in centuries old kauri wood was an added bonus. The geyser...More

Thank M7874BFlindah
WhakaVillage, General Manager at Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Kia ora, Thank you for taking the time to share your lovely comments and choosing to visit Whakarewarewa – we are delighted to hear you enjoyed your time here at our Living Māori Village. Our Māori culture is something we pride ourselves on, and we...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Friends who had not been to NZ before wanted to experience Maori culture. We were restricted with travel time out of Auckland, thus chose Rotorua as an easy destination with lots of accommodation. We booked on line - guided tour, hangi lunch and cultural show....More

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

Kia ora, This review has truly delighted us, particularly as you bought your visitors to NZ to Whakarewarewa for an authentic Maori cultural experience. This is, of course, at the heart of what we offer here - we are real, not recreated, it's as authentic...More

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Response from WhakaVillage | Property representative |
Kia ora. Half an hour :)
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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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4 February 2018|
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Response from WhakaVillage | Property representative |
0 Votes Kia ora, sorry for the delayed response to his question - there was no alert and it got inadvertently missed. You can get to Whakarewarewa by foot from Rotorua central - it's about a 20 minute walk, or otherwise a... More
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