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Whakarewarewa, Rotorua

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Rotorua: Whakarewarewa Village Guided Tour

1. 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.

Whaka Village Guided Tour & Self-Guided Geothermal Trails

2. 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

3. Whakarewarewa: Entrance to the Geothermal Trails

Experience New Zealand's diverse natural landscapes with this entrance ticket to the Whakarewarewa Geothermal Trails. 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.

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What people are saying about Whakarewarewa, Rotorua

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 29 reviews

Tour was very informative and the guide was excellent. Spoke with a real passion. The show with the haka was amazing to see. Definitely worth a visit

It was very interesting to be shown around the Māori village by such a knowledgeable and experienced guide and his singing was beautiful.

Whaka Village was extraordinary! We wanted to learn a bit about the Maori culture and this tour gave us just that.

Our tour was awesome, the Maori village is interesting and our guide was superb.

So informative. You feel like you are ona different planet almost