Guided tour

Rotorua: Whakarewarewa Village Guided Tour

Rotorua: Whakarewarewa Village Guided Tour

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Experience a Legacy Guided Tour through New Zealand’s iconic Maori village, and discover the rich history and traditions.

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Duration 1.5 hours
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Wheelchair accessible


  • Marvel at the beauty of the silica formations that nature has created
  • Take in the panoramic views of the Geysers at our lookouts
  • Explore the boiling hot pools situated within our village
  • Learn about Māori life in this authentic village where people use natural geothermal resources for everyday life
Full description
Experience the warmth of our Legacy Guided tours through NZ’s iconic living Maori village. Our village guides are direct descendants of early Māori guides, who have shaped tourism in New Zealand for generations. Their insights, knowledge and legendary hospitality (manaakitanga) adds depth and richness to the experience you’ll have at Whakarewarewa – The Living Māori Village. On the Whakarewarewa Guided Tour, you will explore an authentic Māori village, where people use natural geothermal resources to cook, bathe and heat their homes as they have for centuries. Learn what it’s like to live in the challenging geothermal plateau where daily life includes cooking in the bubbling pools and steam vents, and bathing takes place in the refreshing therapeutic waters. You will view the geothermal wonders of Whakarewarewa Geothermal Valley, including the world-famous Pōhutu geyser, boiling mud-pools, steam vents and bubbling pools. Take in our various historic landmarks and buildings, including an active Marae (meeting grounds and focal point of Maori communities), our WWII Memorial Archway, historic churches, and tapu (sacred) burial grounds.
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  • Guided tour
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    Covid-19 precautions
    Safety measures in place
    • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
    • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
    Traveler requirements
    • All participants are required to bring and wear FFP2 masks. Blue surgical masks will not be accepted
    • All participants who are over 12 years and 3 months old must present proof of full vaccination
    • All participants who are over 16 years old must present either proof of full vaccination or proof of a Covid-19 infection within the last 3 months. Participants must also present either a negative PCR test taken no more than 48 hours before the activity starts, a negative rapid test taken no more than 24 hours before the activity starts, or proof of a booster vaccination shot. Participants who cannot be vaccinated must present proof of medical complications and a negative PCR test taken no more than 48 hours before the activity starts. Students who are over 6 years of age may present proof of regular school testing instead of proof of vaccination and a negative test. Children under the age of 6 do not require proof of vaccination or a negative test

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    Meeting point

    Please arrive 15 minutes before the tour starts. You must exchange your voucher at our admissions building before the tour begins.

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    Important information

    What to bring

    • Comfortable shoes
    • Camera
    • Face mask or protective covering

    Know before you go

    • This tour is outdoors and will take place in all weather conditions
    Customer reviews

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    4.7 /5

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    Very insightful and learnt a similarity to a European custom of marriage to make alliance's. Among other learns about history of the local tribe and other tribes and even how the word Maori was actually a mistake but is now adopted as the word associated with all the tribes

    October 28, 2022

    Such a privilege to be shown round the village by Wai. A passionate tour guide with excellent story telling skills.

    October 9, 2022

    Really enjoyed this tour! Was awesome to see all the natural beauty within the village but the tour was definitely more enjoyable with the tour guide, learnt so much and was good to know what we were looking at and much more. Highly recommend!

    September 12, 2022

    Product ID: 398771