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
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
8:30 AM - 5:00 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
2-3 hours
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PhillipP
Tring, UK558 contributions
Natural wonder!
Mar 2020 • Couples
An impressive site powered by geothermal activity. It is once impressive for the landscape itself and twice impressive for the fact that it is a populated village where people get on with their lives by utilising the earth’s powers. We went on a self guided visit and enjoyed walking around the site. Highly recommended.
Written 29 November 2020
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WTVTManagement
Kia ora! We appreciate and love reading reviews like this! We are very privileged to be the caretakers of this wonderland that is very unique to the world. It is even more special when you visitors such as yourself enjoy your experience with us, thank you for your support. Whakarewarewa Team
Written 7 January 2021
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Jaroslav Nečas
Brno, Czech Republic916 contributions
Interesting
Dec 2019
Interesting place, but I got bad luck for tour guide. From time to time I had difficulties to understand. Still it was interesting to learn about the village's history.
Part of my tour was one baked corn for free :-)
Written 18 November 2020
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WTVTManagement
Kia ora, thanks for taking the time to share your feedback. We are sorry you found your guided tour disappointing, we'll pass this on to the team. Glad to hear you enjoyed the corn on the cob. Thank you for your support and we wish you and your family a happy new year.
Written 7 January 2021
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Katie
Kent, UK17 contributions
Inspiring and touching !!
Jan 2020 • Friends
Probably one of the best experiences I had in New Zealand. The villagers were so welcoming and friendly. Went into one of the shops on site and I was talking to the owner for ages, could of spoke to her all day. I felt almost wrong to be bombarding in on their life like they deserve some privacy. But i guess this is the way they earn their living and keep their village going. You can't miss the live performance it is so touching and inspiring. I'm glad I went and privileged to be accepted in to look at their village and way of living. Thankyou !!
Written 17 July 2020
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Tena Koe O6866WZkatiej Thank you for your fantastic review of Whakarewarewa – The Living Māori Village and your thoughts around feeling privileged to be accepted in to look at the village and way of life. We are a family-owned business and have been welcoming visitors for over 100 years, so we are extremely grateful for you taking time out of your day to spend it with us. Taking a guided tour, or talking to the Villagers or shop owners is one of the best ways to gain valuable insight into our history and way of life. Our guides, who all whakapapa back to Whakarewarewa Village, are related to the guides who guided at the Pink and White Terraces in the 1800's.. They are knowledgeable, informative, fun and do love sharing stories of the past, and everyday life. Educating our visitors is an important part of ensuring that the Māori history, culture and everyday life is preserved for future generations. We endeavour to do this with our guides telling of their legacy, as well as through our cultural performance group conveying this through waiata (song) and dance. Kapai, thank-you again for spending some time with us. Stay safe, stay strong, and we would love to welcome you back sometime in the future. Nga mihi nui The Whakarewarewa Team
Written 30 July 2020
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JJJP
Cumbria, UK204 contributions
Laid Back Informative Tour
Feb 2020
The visit started with a guided tour which was informal, anecdotal but enthusiastic and interesting. The Maori show was good and wandering around the village was interesting. Definitely worth a visit!
Written 30 April 2020
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Kia ora JJJP Thank you for taking the time to visit us at Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village and for sharing your thoughts with other travelers and Trip Advisor members. We are glad that you had such an interesting experience, and seeing you mention that it is "definitely worth a visit". It is certainly a unique environment that we find ourselves in, of course, we love giving our manuhiri (visitors) the opportunity to experience a diverse range of geothermal wonders and our Maori culture in one place, something which is extremely unique in New Zealand and the world. We are passionate about educating everyone about this uniqueness, and protecting it for future generations. We would love to see you back sometime in the future. In the meantime, stay strong and stay safe. Ngā mihi nui The Whakarewarewa Team
Written 30 July 2020
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TravelinSuz
Chandler, AZ881 contributions
Best of Rotorua area
May 2019
There’s thermal hots springs, geysers, local indigenous culture and more. What else could you want? Wow
Written 26 April 2020
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Kia ora TravelinSuz It's great to hear you enjoyed our Village, the thermal hots springs, the geysers and the local indigenous culture. For us at Whakarewarewa it is all about uniqueness and authenticity. One of the geysers you mention, the Pohutu geyser - Pohutu meaning "big splash" or "explosion", is the largest in New Zealand, and spurts up to twenty times per day and can reach heights of up to 30 metres (100 feet). Definitely worth coming to see! Our landscape within the Whakarewarewa Geothermal Valley is truly amazing, with mud pools, geysers and steaming vents, all adding to the experience, as does the cultural performance and the opportunity to try food cooked in our geothermal springs and steam vents. As you rightly say, "what else could you want?" Thanks for your great review, we hope to see you again. Nga mihi nui The Whakarewarewa Team
Written 30 July 2020
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Bob H
Mississauga, Canada17,164 contributions
Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village, Rotorua
Feb 2020
My wife & I visited this attraction and had a very enjoyable time. It is very interesting and well worth a visit...
Written 24 April 2020
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Kia ora Bob H We appreciate you taking the time to review your experience with us at Whakarewarewa, It is great that you are sharing with other travelers and trip advisor members that you had a very interesting and enjoyable time and that The Living Maori Village is well worth a visit. Stay safe, Stay strong. Nga mihi nui The Whakarewarewa Team
Written 30 July 2020
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Andreas C
Hamburg, Germany204 contributions
What makes the difference: here the Malri still live in their village
Mar 2020
Although this is touristic affair and enterprise to create income for the local Maori community it is still an authentic experience. We were greeted and shown through the village by a young Maori woman whomgrew up here and still has relatives living in the village which is close to a river. Zehe are bubbling pools overall and one does come closer to the rear end of the big geysir which can be seen. But the most interesting things were the stories about everyday-life in the village, like cooking in the hot pools and on hot stones (you get the opportunity to buy some delicious corn on a stick), the communal baths (hot mineral water in abundance of course) as well as insights into the religious beliefs. The tour peaks with a Maori show with traditional songs and dances, really lovely presented, and of course a very impressive haka. The actors happily pose with everybody for pictures afterwards and there was genuine fun and laughter together. Just outside where you buy the entrance tickets, is a nice souvenir shop and a wall with pictures and explanations about Maori life and many sufferings of the indigenous people through the centuries but you also get a sense of the pride, the knowledge and the rituals of the people. Quite impressive and well worth the money, at least on our tour.
Written 20 April 2020
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Kia ora Andreas C, Kapai,(thank you) for your lovely review of Whakarewarewa – The Living Māori Village and for recommending our experience to other travelers. As you mentioned, visiting the Village is about visiting a local Māori community. We are extremely proud of the fact that it is authentic, not recreated or artificial. It is also great to hear you took the time to speak with the guides and Villagers, as they love sharing their experiences and stories around their history and the uniqueness of their everyday lives. The cultural show you mention is performed by our in-house Kapa Haka group - Te Pakira, and they're one of Rotorua’s premier Kapa Haka groups. They, like the rest of our team, are super passionate about sharing their culture, and we are delighted you had the opportunity to experience their performance and spend a bit of time with them.. We truly thank you and hope that you visit us again some time. Nga mihi nui The Whakarewarewa Team
Written 30 July 2020
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Leonard L
Singapore, Singapore193 contributions
Amazing experience
Mar 2020 • Family
Compared to the other Maori villages, this Māori Village is owned and operated by local residents. We enjoyed walking on the trail around the geothermal fields and steaming lakes. The Kapa Haka group performed traditional Māori songs and dance twice a day. It's so much fun for us and the children!
Written 20 April 2020
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Kia ora leonardl547 Kapai, thank you for taking the time to visit us at Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village, and for sharing your thoughts with other travelers and Trip Advisor members. We are thrilled that you and the children enjoyed walking the trail around the geothermal fields and steaming lakes, and also got the opportunity to see our Kapa Haka group perform some traditional Māori songs (waiata) and dances. Hopefully you also got to see the world famous haka, which is regularly performed by NZ sports teams. Thank-you for taking the time to complete a review of your experience, and we hope you visit us again sometime in the future. Nga mihi nui The Whakarewarewa Team
Written 30 July 2020
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KarenM1_10
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan715 contributions
Worth the trip
Feb 2020
We visited Whakarewarewa on a tour that was offered by our cruise line. Our guide was very good and provided information regarding this working village that she actually lives in. We visited the thermal area, which was very interesting. We had lunch that consisted of chicken, beef, potatoes, carrots and then a couple different small bite-size desserts. The tour ended with a performance by some of the Maori people. This was a very good tour and worth the trip.
Written 19 April 2020
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Kia Ora KarenM1_10 Kapai, thank you for taking the time to come across and visit us at Whakarewarewa – The Living Māori Village. As a family-owned business we have been welcoming visitors for over 100 years, and love giving our manuhiri (visitors) the opportunity to get a glimpse into our unique indigenous Maori culture, and showcasing our unique geothermal valley and its natural resources. We appreciate your comments that you enjoyed the tour, had a geothermal hangi lunch in our Cafe, and took the opportunity to see our cultural performers, the Te Pakira kapa haka group. We hope you enjoyed the rest of your cruise, and would love to welcome you back again sometime in the future. Ngā mihi nui The Whakarewarewa Team
Written 30 July 2020
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lampug
Essex, UK113 contributions
Maori experience!!
Feb 2020
We just missed the last haka show but made the tour that followed. The uniqueness of this place is that it is a village where Maori still live in and the guide was also a Maori so he was speaking with some authority of their culture and life style in this place. It was good to hear a local 'indigenous person' speak about their cultural past and present.
Written 30 March 2020
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Kia ora, Thank you for your lovely review of Whakarewarewa – The Living Māori Village and recommending our experience. We're a family-owned business and have been welcoming visitors for over 100 years. We thrive on giving our manuhiri (visitors) the opportunity to take a glimpse into our unique indigenous Maori culture through the sharing of our kai (food), cultural performance, sacred landscape and history. Delighted to hear you enjoyed your time with us. We hope you choose to visit us again sometime soon. Ngā Mihi Whakarewarewa Team
Written 31 March 2020
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