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Reviewed 3 June 2021 via mobile

Staff are very friendly and helpful. Highly recommend doing this activity. We had the best time walking around and looking at the thermal pools snd part of the village.
The cafe was the perfect stop after our walk for a local Hangi made steambox pie and cuppa. Covid has hurt a lot of places and it was so good to be able to support this wonderful village.

Thank Keza71
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Reviewed 22 May 2021

Ever since we left Whakarewarewa Village, my friends and I can't stop thinking about it.
Wow - what a humbling and moving experience. Our tour guide was a lovely gentleman named Paora. His passion for his culture was evident, and he made us feel at home in his precious village. He was incredibly informative and answered all of our questions. His sense of humour was also top-notch. Will miss him!

It's the only living Maori village in Rotorua, and I highly recommend Whakarewarewa over some of the more 'touristy' Geothermal attractions.
Make sure to visit their cafe to try their Hangi Pies - what a fantastic meal!

We were lucky enough to catch a cultural performance, which was wonderful. What a talented group. It was incredibly interactive and they even taught us how to use the Poi, and to do the Haka!

THANK YOU to all of the staff, and Paora (Chief).
Oh, and make sure to try their special Geothermal cooked sweet corn!

Date of experience: May 2021
Thank LiamNZandUSA
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Reviewed 9 May 2021 via mobile

We booked for a guided tour. Our tour guide was so friendly and full of information. She cooked us corn on the cob to eat. The price is very cheap for the tour you get.

Thank maudelott
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Reviewed 3 April 2021 via mobile

The self-guided walk was pretty good but overall we had a sour taste due to the false advertising.

The web page for the self-guided walk states that you'll "find yourself face-to-face with Nature, Hot Spring Lakes, Mud Pools, Geysers and native manuka bushlands". It also specifically mentions the Pohutu Geyser and has a photo of it.

But it turns out the Pohutu Geyser is not included in that tour. Only the more expensive guided tour.

So we left disappointed and annoyed. It was the attraction we wanted to see most of all.

We noticed a number of people with the yellow self-guided stickers were coming back from the geyser path. They obviously decided to go anyway. But we're the type of people who stick to the rules, even when the rules are wrong.

The rest of the attractions were ok and we enjoyed it enough. If they fix up the website then we would've been much happier, or paid more to see the geyser.

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Reviewed 12 March 2021 via mobile

My partner and I did both the self guided tour and the guided village tour. Both were amazing and would highly recommend to everyone.

Our tour guide, Paora, was just top notch, very informative, entertaining and humorous. He's by no means an O.B.E. (Ordinary Brown Entertainer) as he claimed, buy rather an exceptional one. He really did make a great impact on our day today at the village.

Thank JuniorI41
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WTVTManagement, Whakarewarewa Team at Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village, responded to this reviewResponded 16 March 2021

Tena Koe,

Yes, Paora (aka chief) is one of our exceptional guides (though they all are!) and is known for dazzling and entertaining our manuhiri (guests) with her knowledge and passion. We will pass this feedback on for sure.

We agree, taking our guided tour with one of our guides is the best way 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. They are knowledgeable, informative, fun and do love sharing stories of the past, so it is good to hear that you connected well with your guide.

We hope to see you next time soon, thank you for supporting us!

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