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Whakarewarewa: Our most recommended tours and activities

Rotorua: Te Puia Geothermal Valley Guided Tour with Tickets

1. Rotorua: Te Puia Geothermal Valley Guided Tour with Tickets

Enjoy a guided experience to explore the magic within Te Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley in Rotorua, home to Te Puia. Explore breathtaking local landscapes surrounded by mud pools and geysers. Pay a visit to the Kiwi Conservation Centre and the New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute. Start off by checking in with the team and meeting your guide, who will help you connect with the Te Puia experience. Walk through native bushland, steaming geysers, and mud pools, and even see the largest geyser in the Southern Hemisphere explode before you. Get up close and personal with kiwi birds with tickets to the brand-new Kiwi Conservation Centre. Access the New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute and see demonstrations of traditional wood, stone, and bone carving. Browse a range of handcrafted taonga created by local artists at Āhua Gallery.

Rotorua: Whakarewarewa Village Guided Tour

2. Rotorua: Whakarewarewa Village Guided Tour

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.

Rotorua: Māori Cultural Performance with Dancing

3. Rotorua: Māori Cultural Performance with Dancing

Witness the power and glory of Maori culture with a live performance. Sit back and relax as talented performers treat you to traditional songs and dancing, including the famous Haka. Check in at reception and let your host show you in to the performance. Once there, get ready to be awed by the unforgettable experience of live singing and dancing. Listen to the melodious harmonies and witness the thrilling dancing during the show. See the world-famous Haka performed in front of your eyes, as well as the poi dance and stick games.

Whaka Village Guided Tour & Self-Guided Geothermal Trails

4. Whaka Village Guided Tour & Self-Guided Geothermal Trails

Decide whether to take the guided tour first or do the Geothermal Trails to start. Experience the untouched natural landscapes, steaming lakes, and bubbling hot pools on the Geothermal Trails. Get stunning views of the Geysers and over the village from the top lookouts with great photo opportunities.Learn first hand about the history and traditions of the people who have occupied the village for over 100 years, and how they utilize the Geothermal that the village sits upon to cook and bath in their everyday lives.

Whakarewarewa: Entrance to the Geothermal Trails

5. Whakarewarewa: Entrance to the Geothermal Trails

Experience New Zealand's diverse natural landscapes with this entrance ticket to the Whakarewarewa Geothermal Trails. Starting at our admissions office you can read about our guiding legacy & our world-famous guides who have passed. Moving outside you will pass under our memorial archway and past our Rahui or main area of our village. You will walk through Jurassic Park-like scenes as you pass by bubbling waters, which some believe have healing properties. Find yourself face-to-face with hot springs lakes, mud pools, and native Manuka bushlands. Combine views of native ferns, edible plants and colorful steaming lakes and thermal pools. Snap unique photos in this fascinating landscape. Starting at our admissions office you can read about our guiding legacy & our world-famous guides,

Hobbiton Movie Set & Rotorua Premium Day Tour from Auckland

6. Hobbiton Movie Set & Rotorua Premium Day Tour from Auckland

This full-day excursion begins with a pick-up at your preferred location in Auckland, and a scenic 2-hour drive into Waikato with the possibility of stops for photos en route to the Hobbiton Movie Set. On arrival, you’ll spend 30-45 minutes at the official Hobbiton Gift Shop and have a chance to grab a drink or a bite to eat at the famous Shire's Rest Café. Next you’ll embark on a 2-hour guided tour of the 1,250-acre sheep farm with amazing views of the Kaimai Ranges. Your guide will then lead the way through the 12-acre site that’s home to Hobbit Holes, the Old Mill and the Double-Arched Bridge. Stop for a complimentary drink at The Green Dragon Inn. Your tour then continues to Rotorua, where you'll visit Te Puia and explore Te Whakarewarewa, a 60-hectare geothermal valley. You’ll also have an opportunity to see the kiwi bird house and viewing enclosure, watch traditional Maori carving and weaving, learn about Maori art and history and take a walk around a model pre-European Maori village and sacred marae. If you like, you can enjoy a meal prepared using ancient geothermal cooking techniques, watch a Maori haka performance and learn about Maori culture inside the sacred marae. At the end of the program it will be time to sit back and relax on the scenic drive back to Auckland.

Rotorua: Redwoods Altitude & Day/Night Treewalk Combo

7. Rotorua: Redwoods Altitude & Day/Night Treewalk Combo

Discover the Redwoods Treewalk with a combo pass where you can visit Redwoods Altitude high ropes experience alongside the Day Walk and Fast Pass Night Walk entry. Marvel at the iconic Redwoods Forest from above and up close. This award-winning, self-guided ecological Treewalk is located just 10-minutes drive from Rotorua central. Start your journey at Altitude with a breathtaking 25-meters above the forest floor, where you'll find yourself navigating 25 suspension bridges in true Indiana Jones style. Led by your highly skilled guide, your safety and comfort are the top priorities as you make your way around the 650-meter loop, suspended among the treetops. When you've completed Altitude, you then have access to Redwoods Treewalk Experience. Visit during the day for nature! Appreciate the peacefulness and spirit of this special forest. Walk up high among the 120-year-old giant Redwood trees. Learn about the forest’s history, the people (iwi), and the land (whenua). Night transforms the same walk into a magical wonderland! Thirty-four David Trubridge lanterns and multiple infinite colour ground lights illuminate the forest, giving it an outer-worldly feel. *** Redwoods Altitude Disclosure of Risk *** With every adventure activity there is always an element of personal responsibility and a level of risk. Accordingly, it is imperative that you read, understand and acknowledge the following Terms and Conditions before participating in this activity: At Redwoods Altitude we comply with and adhere to NZ Law and a comprehensive safety management plan for our activities, where the priority is to take all practical steps to provide you with the safest and highest quality experience possible. However, in the environment we operate in and by the nature of the tour we provide, we cannot with absolutely certainty guarantee your personal safety or the safety of your personal property whilst on tour. The activities offered by Redwoods Altitude, include but are not limited to, navigating suspended walkways, bridges, ziplines and belays and inherently involve risks and potential hazards. The hazards and risks you may be exposed to include but are not limited to uneven terrain, moving bridges and platforms, trips and slips, falls from height, vertigo, suspension trauma, equipment failure and injury, ranging from minor to serious, or death. The activity may be both mentally and physically challenging and operates at a height up to 30 meters off the ground. We will take all practical precautions to provide the safest experience possible However, by agreeing to participate in this activity, you are acknowledging that 100% of the risk cannot be eliminated and your safety cannot be guaranteed.

Rotorua: Scenic Flight over Mt Tarawera & Waimangu Valley

8. Rotorua: Scenic Flight over Mt Tarawera & Waimangu Valley

Departing from the Rotorua lakefront, experience the thrill of a floatplane take off, climbing around Mokoia Island and over the ridge to the hidden lakes district. Take in the vibrant lakes and native NZ bush before flying up and over the Volcanic Peaks of Mount Tarawera. At 3680 feet in elevation this majestic dormant volcano dominates the surrounding landscape and plays center piece to the stunning lakes which surrounds it. Your pilot will fly you directly over the 8km crater rift line left by the largest eruption in New Zealand’s living memory. The 1886 eruption devastated the local area including our famous Pink and White Terraces (once claimed as the eighth wonder of the world). Included in the flight is views over the stunning lakes district and aerial views of the Waimangu Thermal Valley and its vibrant Inferno Crater and Frying Pan Lake. Returning to Rotorua your descent takes you past the Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley, Pohutu Geyser and over the city before landing back on Lake Rotorua.

From Auckland: Rotorua Māori Village & Polynesian Spa Tour

9. From Auckland: Rotorua Māori Village & Polynesian Spa Tour

Begin your tour with a scenic bus ride from Auckland to Rotorua, where you arrive at the enchanting Whakarewarewa Village. Step into this living Māori village and be greeted by the warmth of the local community and the rich aroma of geothermal steam rising from the earth. Guided by knowledgeable locals, embark on a cultural exploration of Whakarewarewa, discovering the fascinating traditions, customs, and lifestyle of the Māori people. Marvel at the bubbling mud pools, spouting geysers, and steaming vents that dot the landscape, each with its own story to tell. Immerse yourself in the captivating performances of traditional Māori songs and dances, which offer a glimpse into the vibrant heritage and enduring spirit of this indigenous culture. Interact with locals, learn about their ancient customs, and gain insight into their deep connection to the land. After your enriching experience at Whakarewarewa Village, it's time to unwind and rejuvenate at the world-renowned Polynesian Spa. Nestled amidst picturesque surroundings, the spa offers a tranquil oasis where you can relax and soak in the healing mineral waters. Indulge in the therapeutic benefits of the spa's natural geothermal pools, each filled with mineral-rich waters sourced from deep beneath the earth's surface. Whether you choose to immerse yourself in the soothing alkaline waters or enjoy the rejuvenating effects of the acidic springs, emerge feeling refreshed and revitalized. Take in the stunning views of Lake Rotorua and the surrounding forests as you soak away any tension and stress, letting the natural beauty of the landscape envelop you in a sense of peace and tranquility. After a blissful afternoon of relaxation, board the bus for your return journey to Auckland.

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Whakarewarewa: Our most recommended tours and activities

Rotorua: Te Puia Geothermal Valley Guided Tour with Tickets

Rotorua: Te Puia Geothermal Valley Guided Tour with Tickets

Enjoy a guided experience to explore the magic within Te Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley in Rotorua, home to Te Puia. Explore breathtaking local landscapes surrounded by mud pools and geysers. Pay a visit to the Kiwi Conservation Centre and the New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute. Start off by checking in with the team and meeting your guide, who will help you connect with the Te Puia experience. Walk through native bushland, steaming geysers, and mud pools, and even see the largest geyser in the Southern Hemisphere explode before you. Get up close and personal with kiwi birds with tickets to the brand-new Kiwi Conservation Centre. Access the New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute and see demonstrations of traditional wood, stone, and bone carving. Browse a range of handcrafted taonga created by local artists at Āhua Gallery.

Rotorua: Whakarewarewa Village Guided Tour

Rotorua: Whakarewarewa Village Guided Tour

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.

Rotorua: Māori Cultural Performance with Dancing

Rotorua: Māori Cultural Performance with Dancing

Witness the power and glory of Maori culture with a live performance. Sit back and relax as talented performers treat you to traditional songs and dancing, including the famous Haka. Check in at reception and let your host show you in to the performance. Once there, get ready to be awed by the unforgettable experience of live singing and dancing. Listen to the melodious harmonies and witness the thrilling dancing during the show. See the world-famous Haka performed in front of your eyes, as well as the poi dance and stick games.

Whaka Village Guided Tour & Self-Guided Geothermal Trails

Whaka Village Guided Tour & Self-Guided Geothermal Trails

Decide whether to take the guided tour first or do the Geothermal Trails to start. Experience the untouched natural landscapes, steaming lakes, and bubbling hot pools on the Geothermal Trails. Get stunning views of the Geysers and over the village from the top lookouts with great photo opportunities.Learn first hand about the history and traditions of the people who have occupied the village for over 100 years, and how they utilize the Geothermal that the village sits upon to cook and bath in their everyday lives.

Whakarewarewa: Entrance to the Geothermal Trails

Whakarewarewa: Entrance to the Geothermal Trails

Experience New Zealand's diverse natural landscapes with this entrance ticket to the Whakarewarewa Geothermal Trails. Starting at our admissions office you can read about our guiding legacy & our world-famous guides who have passed. Moving outside you will pass under our memorial archway and past our Rahui or main area of our village. You will walk through Jurassic Park-like scenes as you pass by bubbling waters, which some believe have healing properties. Find yourself face-to-face with hot springs lakes, mud pools, and native Manuka bushlands. Combine views of native ferns, edible plants and colorful steaming lakes and thermal pools. Snap unique photos in this fascinating landscape. Starting at our admissions office you can read about our guiding legacy & our world-famous guides,

Hobbiton Movie Set & Rotorua Premium Day Tour from Auckland

Hobbiton Movie Set & Rotorua Premium Day Tour from Auckland

This full-day excursion begins with a pick-up at your preferred location in Auckland, and a scenic 2-hour drive into Waikato with the possibility of stops for photos en route to the Hobbiton Movie Set. On arrival, you’ll spend 30-45 minutes at the official Hobbiton Gift Shop and have a chance to grab a drink or a bite to eat at the famous Shire's Rest Café. Next you’ll embark on a 2-hour guided tour of the 1,250-acre sheep farm with amazing views of the Kaimai Ranges. Your guide will then lead the way through the 12-acre site that’s home to Hobbit Holes, the Old Mill and the Double-Arched Bridge. Stop for a complimentary drink at The Green Dragon Inn. Your tour then continues to Rotorua, where you'll visit Te Puia and explore Te Whakarewarewa, a 60-hectare geothermal valley. You’ll also have an opportunity to see the kiwi bird house and viewing enclosure, watch traditional Maori carving and weaving, learn about Maori art and history and take a walk around a model pre-European Maori village and sacred marae. If you like, you can enjoy a meal prepared using ancient geothermal cooking techniques, watch a Maori haka performance and learn about Maori culture inside the sacred marae. At the end of the program it will be time to sit back and relax on the scenic drive back to Auckland.

Rotorua: Redwoods Altitude & Day/Night Treewalk Combo

Rotorua: Redwoods Altitude & Day/Night Treewalk Combo

Discover the Redwoods Treewalk with a combo pass where you can visit Redwoods Altitude high ropes experience alongside the Day Walk and Fast Pass Night Walk entry. Marvel at the iconic Redwoods Forest from above and up close. This award-winning, self-guided ecological Treewalk is located just 10-minutes drive from Rotorua central. Start your journey at Altitude with a breathtaking 25-meters above the forest floor, where you'll find yourself navigating 25 suspension bridges in true Indiana Jones style. Led by your highly skilled guide, your safety and comfort are the top priorities as you make your way around the 650-meter loop, suspended among the treetops. When you've completed Altitude, you then have access to Redwoods Treewalk Experience. Visit during the day for nature! Appreciate the peacefulness and spirit of this special forest. Walk up high among the 120-year-old giant Redwood trees. Learn about the forest’s history, the people (iwi), and the land (whenua). Night transforms the same walk into a magical wonderland! Thirty-four David Trubridge lanterns and multiple infinite colour ground lights illuminate the forest, giving it an outer-worldly feel. *** Redwoods Altitude Disclosure of Risk *** With every adventure activity there is always an element of personal responsibility and a level of risk. Accordingly, it is imperative that you read, understand and acknowledge the following Terms and Conditions before participating in this activity: At Redwoods Altitude we comply with and adhere to NZ Law and a comprehensive safety management plan for our activities, where the priority is to take all practical steps to provide you with the safest and highest quality experience possible. However, in the environment we operate in and by the nature of the tour we provide, we cannot with absolutely certainty guarantee your personal safety or the safety of your personal property whilst on tour. The activities offered by Redwoods Altitude, include but are not limited to, navigating suspended walkways, bridges, ziplines and belays and inherently involve risks and potential hazards. The hazards and risks you may be exposed to include but are not limited to uneven terrain, moving bridges and platforms, trips and slips, falls from height, vertigo, suspension trauma, equipment failure and injury, ranging from minor to serious, or death. The activity may be both mentally and physically challenging and operates at a height up to 30 meters off the ground. We will take all practical precautions to provide the safest experience possible However, by agreeing to participate in this activity, you are acknowledging that 100% of the risk cannot be eliminated and your safety cannot be guaranteed.

Rotorua: Scenic Flight over Mt Tarawera & Waimangu Valley

Rotorua: Scenic Flight over Mt Tarawera & Waimangu Valley

Departing from the Rotorua lakefront, experience the thrill of a floatplane take off, climbing around Mokoia Island and over the ridge to the hidden lakes district. Take in the vibrant lakes and native NZ bush before flying up and over the Volcanic Peaks of Mount Tarawera. At 3680 feet in elevation this majestic dormant volcano dominates the surrounding landscape and plays center piece to the stunning lakes which surrounds it. Your pilot will fly you directly over the 8km crater rift line left by the largest eruption in New Zealand’s living memory. The 1886 eruption devastated the local area including our famous Pink and White Terraces (once claimed as the eighth wonder of the world). Included in the flight is views over the stunning lakes district and aerial views of the Waimangu Thermal Valley and its vibrant Inferno Crater and Frying Pan Lake. Returning to Rotorua your descent takes you past the Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley, Pohutu Geyser and over the city before landing back on Lake Rotorua.

From Auckland: Rotorua Māori Village & Polynesian Spa Tour

From Auckland: Rotorua Māori Village & Polynesian Spa Tour

Begin your tour with a scenic bus ride from Auckland to Rotorua, where you arrive at the enchanting Whakarewarewa Village. Step into this living Māori village and be greeted by the warmth of the local community and the rich aroma of geothermal steam rising from the earth. Guided by knowledgeable locals, embark on a cultural exploration of Whakarewarewa, discovering the fascinating traditions, customs, and lifestyle of the Māori people. Marvel at the bubbling mud pools, spouting geysers, and steaming vents that dot the landscape, each with its own story to tell. Immerse yourself in the captivating performances of traditional Māori songs and dances, which offer a glimpse into the vibrant heritage and enduring spirit of this indigenous culture. Interact with locals, learn about their ancient customs, and gain insight into their deep connection to the land. After your enriching experience at Whakarewarewa Village, it's time to unwind and rejuvenate at the world-renowned Polynesian Spa. Nestled amidst picturesque surroundings, the spa offers a tranquil oasis where you can relax and soak in the healing mineral waters. Indulge in the therapeutic benefits of the spa's natural geothermal pools, each filled with mineral-rich waters sourced from deep beneath the earth's surface. Whether you choose to immerse yourself in the soothing alkaline waters or enjoy the rejuvenating effects of the acidic springs, emerge feeling refreshed and revitalized. Take in the stunning views of Lake Rotorua and the surrounding forests as you soak away any tension and stress, letting the natural beauty of the landscape envelop you in a sense of peace and tranquility. After a blissful afternoon of relaxation, board the bus for your return journey to Auckland.

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Overall rating

4.6
(53 reviews)

I'm so glad I chose to do this tour vs the diner and dancing option. I felt this was genuinely authentic, and I learned a lot. It was a privilege to take this tour and I'm grateful for the experience. You also get to see a geyser so no need to book a separate tour for that!

The performance was very well done, very entertaining. There is an audience participation bit and it was a lot of fun trying to do the moves. We also got a guided tour of the village which I highly recommend

Very interesting, great guide. You learn a lot about the Māori and see beautiful geysers. For us, better than the Thermal Wonderland!

Guides Joel and Tori were amazing! Very knowledgeable and so encouraging for someone not great with heights. A great experience!

Definitely authentic, and well worth the price. Also a great photo opp if that's your thing!