Take a journey through Rotorua and New Zealand's only Living Thermal Village on this 3-hour experience. Learn about the culture, history, traditions, and way of life of the Maori people who have occupied Whakarewarewa Village for more than 150 years.
What to Expect
Learn how the Maori people in New Zealand's Whakarewarewa Village live on a 3-hour guided tour the geothermal living village.
Your experience begins as you visit the guiding legacy display dedication to the Maori guides who started tourism in Rotorua. You will also read profiles of famous guides.
From here, you guide will lead you through the village, explaining to you how life in the village has existed for the people of Tuhourangi/Ngati Wahiao for more than 150 years. Walk under the archway dedicated to the men who served in World Wars I and II as you cross over the bridge into a geothermal wonderland where you will view the many bubbling hot pools and steam vents that are regularly utilized by the village's inhabitants. Learn how they use the flora and fauna for weaving and medicinal purposes and feel the silkiness of the thermal waters that make up the communal baths outdoors.
As part of your experience, sit back and relax as the Te Pakira cultural performers serenade you with melodious songs that tell of the Maori's many myths and legends. Be in awe at the fierce haka, an ancestral war cry, and sway along while the maidens dance with their tethered weights known as poi.
To top off your experience, enjoy your Geothermal Hangi meal that has been cooked in the bubbling hot pools and steam vents (Maori Microwave) that you have seen on your tour. This is followed by a dessert of steam pudding topped with custard, fruit salad, and cream. Tea and coffee also included.
- 1-hour guided tour
- 30 minute Cultural performance at 11.15am and 2.00pm daily
- Geothermal Hangi meal
Know Before You Go
Cultural performances are at 11:15 at 14:00 daily. Hangi Meals served from 12:00 to 14:00 daily. We are not open Christmas Day.