Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village

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Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village

Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village
4.5
Historic Sites • Points of Interest & Landmarks • Hot Springs & Geysers
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
With natural geothermal heat radiating from the ground, Whakarewarewa Living Māori Village is a unique cultural experience, set in a fascinating geothermal landscape, offering an authentic peek into Māori village life. Hourly guided tours give visitors a chance to learn how the geothermal resources are used in daily life, twice-daily cultural performances are filled with fun interactivity, and a network of nature trails traverse geothermal lakes, bubbling mud and explosive geysers. This will be a memorable experience for all ages. Open 8.30am – 5.00pm daily.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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Caroline Greyvenstein
Auckland, New Zealand7 contributions
Jan 2022
We've been living in New Zealand for 3years now & it was just remarkable to hear the historic ways of this Maori village and all their remembered Heroes. We came up close to their cooking pool, it was just unbelievable! Highly recommended.
Written 9 January 2022
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Matthew A
Auckland Central, New Zealand81 contributions
Jan 2022
I last visited the village about 60 years ago when I was young. It was interesting to see it now, learn more about cooking, bathing and other life in the Village. They also discussed some of the early guides. Hence this was a little different to some of the other thermal areas in Rotorua.
Written 5 January 2022
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KiwiExplorers
Manawatu-Wanganui Region, New Zealand40 contributions
Dec 2021
After experiencing many other geothermal type walks in Rotorua we were somewhat disappointed with this one. We found the most interesting views were right at the end of the trail and until that point it was not very exciting. You cannot see the Pohutu Geyser on this self guided tour. The guided tour of Whakarewarewa Village appears to show you it though and I would recommend doing a guided tour of the village as a more interesting and valuable alternative. For the geothermal self guided walk alone, the price is quite hefty, at $30 per adult, but we were able to book discounted tickets through BookMe.
Written 2 January 2022
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SereneSwee
Singapore, Singapore776 contributions
We were honoured to have Michael, the Golden Child of the village as our tour guide. He is sooo humorous and informative. Gave an good insight of life in a such a geothermal active village. There are 3 geysers which will go off naturally around an hr or so. The show is short and sweet. Performed genuinely with passion. The hangi pie is super delicious and corn is so sweet and juicy. Photos tell it all! Definitely have to try. My kid love it so much! Regrettably, we were rather exhausted from carrying 2 toddlers hence did not explore the nature walk.. Lovely people and beautiful culture..
Written 9 November 2021
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Richard M
6 contributions
Relaxed, entertaining and highly informative.
A unique village within a geothermal area. The geology and cultural heritage are intertwined. We felt privileged to briefly share their home.
Written 21 October 2021
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Graham G
Auckland, New Zealand15 contributions
Aug 2021
A great walk through a Maori village with a meeting house and churches. The walk includes walking around a thermal wonderland of boiling hot pools and boiling mud, sighting a geyser. A magical experience, well worth it.
Written 6 August 2021
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Mic O
Palmerston North, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand95 contributions
Jul 2021
This is a must do for anyone visiting Rotorua. The guide was so knowledgeable and the corn was cooked to perfection.
Written 23 July 2021
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Leorah K
Lewiston, ID53 contributions
Nov 2020
What an amazing experience! Definitely recommended. Getting to experience an authentic Maori Village was so incredible. The Haka was so cool! And the food after the tour was so good!
Written 21 July 2021
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Dee
4 contributions
A wonderful guided tour pleasantly surprised by the treat we got to taste cooked in one of the hot springs. Though we went as a couple it is suitable for families with young children. Highly recommended. Always that more special when your guide is a direct descendant of the whenua and its History. This fulfilled our travel experience of appreciating a slice of Aotearoa in Rotorua x
Written 12 July 2021
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Hayz
Auckland Central, New Zealand3 contributions
Great time, personal and really informative. We loved Chief as our guide. A truly authentic experience. Highly recommend.
Written 10 July 2021
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