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Whakarewarewa: The Living Maori Village

17 Tryon Street | Whakarewarewa Village, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand (Formerly Whakarewarewa: The Living Thermal Village)
+64 7-349 3463
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Ranked #17 of 31 Attractions in Rotorua
Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
Owner description: The Living Maori Village is set among the geothermal landscape of the Te Whakarewarewa Valley, a...
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Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
Owner description: The Living Maori Village is set among the geothermal landscape of the Te Whakarewarewa Valley, a ten minute walk from town. See the Bubbling Pools, Mud Pools, Steam Vents and Geysers and walk our back tracks with amazing photo opportunities. The Living Maori Village is an authentic and unique attraction where the villagers live, cook and bath in the geothermal waters on a daily basis. Our guides are direct descendants of the guides who guided at the Pink and White Terraces over 150 years ago, this legacy is as important today as it was then.

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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014 NEW

I am a kiwi but lived in the UK for 20 years, I have been here before as a kid and have seen all this while growing up in NZ, yet I found the tour and show here really interesting and good fun. This is a must see for anybody visiting NZ and you must try some of the hangi... More 

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Stevenage, England, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014 NEW

The people living within the village are very friendly and make you feel welcome! You are able to walk around the village freely and you're able to go around the village with a Tour Guide. My Tour Guide was brilliant and had a great sense of humor. I definitely learnt a lot and I found it interesting. There are a... More 

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WTVT, Guest Relations Manager at Whakarewarewa: The Living Maori Village, responded to this review

Kia Ora Charlotte C Thank-you for taking the time to visit with us, and recommend The Living Māori Village to others. Our admission price does include a fully guided tour, with Guides whose ancestors guided at the famous Pink and White Terraces and have been guiding in the Te Whakarewarewa Valley for generations. As you mentioned they definitely have a... More 

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4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

See it how it really is. The people who live and work here really give it there all. I feel that dome investment in this timeless village could be achieved as it all seems a bit amateurish although they may not be fair to its originality. Good parking, plenty of shops for the souvenir minded.

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WTVT, Guest Relations Manager at Whakarewarewa: The Living Maori Village, responded to this review

Kia Ora RogertheDog Kapai, thank-you for taking the time to visit the Living Māori village and to place feedback. We certainly appreciate your feedback as to being original, as we take pride in the experience we offer to our visitors, and do so in such a way as we do not compromise the authenticity of the Village or Te Whakarewarewa... More 

Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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39 reviews 39 reviews
14 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

It was awesome. I was happy to see and learn about Maori's culture, but for my surprise I could dance the Hake with Maori warriors.

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WTVT, Guest Relations Manager at Whakarewarewa: The Living Maori Village, responded to this review

Kia Ora Maureni Great to hear that you had an “Awesome” time in the Village and learned a little of the Māori culture, the people and the history. The fully guided tour which is included in the admission price is an excellent opportunity to learn quite a about the Villagers, the Māori, and to ask as many questions as you,... More 

Buffalo, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

There are various ways to have a cultural experience with the native New Zealanders and this was the most authentic. You are welcomed into the village and taught about the culture, history, beliefs, and lifestyle of the people by one of the of their own. This is actually a working community that opens itself up to others during the day.... More 

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WTVT, Guest Relations Manager at Whakarewarewa: The Living Maori Village, responded to this review

Tena koe 5mamabear It is great to hear that you thought visiting us at Whakarewarewa is the most authentic way in getting a Māori Cultural experience. As a business we try and give everyone the opportunity to learn about the people, history and culture, and experience the uniqueness of Te Whakarewarewa Valley with the Geysers, Mud pools, steam vents and... More 

Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

I really thought the tour guides did a good job and were not only very professional but entertaining and sincely welcoming. There is interesting history about the place but although it is very professional and entertaining I never lose the sense that this is first and foremost their home you are walking around. The highlight for me was the corn... More 

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WTVT, Guest Relations Manager at Whakarewarewa: The Living Maori Village, responded to this review

Tena koe AlwaysJulina Kapai, thank-you so much for visiting us, and bringing along your Chinese manuhiri (visitors). It sounds like you all had a great time in the village and got to experience our hospitality. It's great to hear the cultural performance show was a highlight with the world famous HAKA, the audience participation, the poi dances and the waiata... More 

Hamilton, New Zealand
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18 reviews 18 reviews
8 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

this was the 2nd time id been there. the ticket price is still expensive. i don't know what it is about there, it doesn't tickle me of such and i just think its over priced a bit for nothing really.. this time around, when i was there, there happened to have a cultural performance which was the Maori Haka. it... More 

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WTVT, Guest Relations Manager at Whakarewarewa: The Living Maori Village, responded to this review

Kia Ora Susy Q Kapai, thank-you for taking the time to revisit us at the Living Māori Village, and for placing feedback on your experience. The $35 Admission Fee includes a fully Guided Tour and a Cultural Performance Show (at 11.15 am and 2.00 pm daily), and compares very favourably with similar attractions throughout Rotorua. All profits go back into... More 

Melbourne, Australia
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64 reviews 64 reviews
15 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Some of the locals seems to have more heart in this project than others. It's hard to relate to stories being told when a resident drives his car around with music up loud. I understand they are living here but it just seems some are trying harder than others. The walk around the tracks was good.

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WTVT, Guest Relations Manager at Whakarewarewa: The Living Maori Village, responded to this review

Kia Ora traci_rae We appreciate you taking the time to visit us at the Living Māori Village, and to place feedback on your experience while here. Our Guides do the best they can, sometimes in trying circumstances with villagers always coming and going. We are very sorry for the distraction of the resident playing loud music as you were trying... More 

Charlotte, North Carolina
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42 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

Because it smells like sulphur! But don't let that stop you from an awesome experience. The Maori village is situated right in the middle of the geothermal park. They put on a 20 minute performance twice a day and it is great fun. We toured the geothermal park on foot. So interesting how they have incorporated the hot springs into... More 

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WTVT, Guest Relations Manager at Whakarewarewa: The Living Maori Village, responded to this review

Kia Ora mizram Yes the sulphur smell does take a little to get used to, but does add to the overall experience among the steam vents, mud pools and bubbling pools. Add to this a little steam and mist, and the erupting Geysers or Pohutu and Prince of Wales Feathers, and you have something unique. The admission fee does include... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

We enjoyed the guided tour very much - the guide was knowledgeable, funny and extremely passionate. Nice view of the geysers, not a bad cultural show, and very nice hangi lunch. Also very interesting to learn about the rich heritage of guiding in the village. Though perhaps there could be some small write-up somewhere on how the place is currently... More 

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WTVT, Guest Relations Manager at Whakarewarewa: The Living Maori Village, responded to this review

Tena Koe helloooooooworld Thank-you (Kapai) for taking the time to visit us at the Living Māori Village. Our guides enjoy the time they spend with our manuhiri (visitors) as it gives them the opportunity to tell of our rich history and culture, and of the guiding legacy which is over 150 years old. In walking through the geothermal field as... More 

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