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Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village

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Address: 17 Tryon Street | Whakarewarewa Village, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand (Formerly Whakarewarewa: The Living Thermal Village)
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+64 7-349 3463
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In August 2015 Whakarewarewa received recognition as one of the Lonely...

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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I really enjoyed visiting Whakarewarewa with my wife and we had a great day taking in all the sights and smells. There's a surprising amount to do. The obvious attraction is... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I really enjoyed visiting Whakarewarewa with my wife and we had a great day taking in all the sights and smells. There's a surprising amount to do. The obvious attraction is the village itself, but coupled with the traditional Maori dancing, singing and haka, the numerous walks, the food and the geysers, there's plenty to keep everyone entertained. The village... More 

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Palmerston North, New Zealand
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

mud pools virtually no activity, cafe charges were over the top and generally an underwhelming experience apart from a walk thru the bush.

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

There are lots of similar attractions in the area so we were unsure where to visit but we weren't disappointed, when we arrived we were given a map and told what time the shows and tours were and where to see them, the show was great and the tour guide was really interesting and full of local knowledge. The sweet... More 

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Thank Liz D
Battle, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We really enjoyed walking around this wonderful village and talking with some of the locals. The cultural show is top quality and we recommend a visit.

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Isle of Wight, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Friends who live in Rotorua told us of here. so we went with other friends awesome great nice good talk by the guide who was a Maori and from the village. we were told of the history and present and shown around a living village. The show given was amazing and enjoyable for all in fact the best show we... More 

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Placerville, California
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

i guess it's a matter of personal preference, but I actually preferred this place to the other Maori village nearby. For one thing, it's run by local Maoris who actually live in the village. Even though you can see that they live in modern houses, the fact that it is run by Maoris themselves and not by the government gives... More 

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Thank Jeremiah D
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

You have to see Whakarewarewa village. It is a must do when to are in Rotorua. The food is great as a geothermal hangi. The ponds and the show is fabulous.

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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Just a poor experience from start to finish. Staff shouting at you to save them standing up to come over to you. Tours that simply didn't go. An OK performance but loads better elsewhere. Boasting on a bit of tour about how government paid them to make things. Place was ramshackle, paths were unsigned, generally suffering from a complete lack... More 

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The entire place is run by the Maori families who live in the village, unlike the Government owned tourist attraction right next door. The tour was very informative and the guide taught us about the way they live with bubbling hot springs all around. Free cultural show was great and the haka pretty intimidating, especially the girls! We are delicious... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We arrived too late for the cultural performance, but were told the time when we could come back the following morning to see it. All the guides follow in their family tradition of taking visitors around the thermal vilage, explaining their history and heritage and answering whatever questions are asked. Well worth a visit for the Maori experience, even if... More 

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