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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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Hangi Pie Experience
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Whakarewarewa, The Living Maori Village Guided Tour with Optional Hangi Meal
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1.5-Hour Rotorua Highlights Tour
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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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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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17 Tryon Street | Whakarewarewa Village, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand
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Reviewed 2 days ago

really interesting village with friendly guides. our guide told us how to cook meals in the hot spring. we've seen the geizer as well. and the show was really fun, and i liked the faces and it was really nice to take pictures with the...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago

Can thoroughly recommend a visit here. We wanted to show visitors from the UK a taste of Maori culture and they were not disappointed. The 30 minute show featuring traditional dress, history, singing and the Haka was done with true passion, and after we were...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

The guide although I didn’t get her name is sooo amazing. Her narative of the Maori history was very impressive.

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Reviewed 4 days ago

It is located about 240 kms from Auckland in Rotorua District. You can not only see here the geothermal landscape in a Maori village but their traditional daily life of its people which include their dance and songs. The Pohutu geyser is active which errupts...More

Thank Niranjan D
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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 taking the time to visit us - and for sharing your thoughts with fellow travellers here on Trip Advisor. Yes, here at Whakarewarewa we have Maori culture AND geothermal wonders. People really do live here, it's a stunning way of...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago

We decide to visit this as this is a real Maori village. The entry fee is reasonable. There is also a guided tour, check for the timing. The performance is not too long but interesting. Many hot thermal pools and you could see the Pohutu...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 taking the time to share your feedback, we are glad you got to experience all our highlights here at our Living Māori Village. Thank you for the lovely review, its words like yours that help us keep focussed – and...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago

A great overview of living in a thermal village + Maori culture. Felt very authentic. We were free to roam around the village, take part in a tour, eat corn that steamed in the thermal pool, and watch a cultural performance. The village has lookout...More

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

Tena Koe Neha, Thank you so much, we are delighted you found us to be an authentic cultural experience here. We are pleased that we had the opportunity to share our culture and home, with you. We hope you enjoy the rest of your stay...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

The Maori guide was so knowledgeable about the village's history and the thermal vents spewing forth the vapors. She explained how they cook food, wash, and just live among the thermal vents. It is genuine, as opposed to some of the "show" Maori villages in...More

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

Kia ora Bonnie, Thank you for taking the time to visit us at Whakarewarewa and for sharing your thoughts with other travellers and Trip Advisor members. We are thrilled that you had such a fascinating experience - you are 'bang on' - we are not...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

What a fantastic place and such lovely people. Michael our guide made the whole tour interesting and fully explained the history and culture of his village, which sometimes sounded like it could be quite brutal. We got to try sweetcorn cooked in the hot springs...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 so much for our lovely words. We are very proud to be able to share our beautiful home, fascinating landscape and culture with manuhiri (guests) like you. Taking our guided tour with one of our guides is the best way to...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Our guide Mikaere was so lovely, welcoming and inclusive. At no stage did our group feel like ' just another bunch of tourists' ...if you want the plastic tourist experience then don't visit Whakarewarewa Village...this is the home of real people who allow us a...More

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

Kia ora, Thank you - you are absolutely not a bunch of tourists when you come here: You are visitors to our home. We are so privileged that people come from all over the world to experience this amazing place that we are lucky enough...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great place to visit with family. It's a beautiful place great for the whole family, it was great. .

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

Kia ora, Thank you - we are delighted to hear you enjoyed your trip here and found it was suitable for the whole family. Nga mihi, Lou

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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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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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