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Whakarewarewa: The Living Maori Village

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Address: 17 Tryon Street | Whakarewarewa Village, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand (Formerly Whakarewarewa: The Living Thermal Village)
Phone Number: +64 7-349 3463
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Description: The Living Maori Village is set among the geothermal landscape of the Te...
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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1 day tour in Whakarewarewa Maori Village

1 day experience with Maori Village to learn Maori Culture in past until now. We have Maori guide take us tour around Village and you can see the performance that tell of Maori... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

1 day experience with Maori Village to learn Maori Culture in past until now. We have Maori guide take us tour around Village and you can see the performance that tell of Maori and legends, shows twice time in a day at 11.15 am and 2 pm. Here you'll see geothermal energy, mud pool around village and you can see... More 

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Basel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Make sure you leave enough time for this visit, we drove from Auckland and it 3.5hrs just to get there. The time is worth it, the hot springs are exciting, the Maori performance is very interesting plenty of time for photographs. They have a very good carver of NZ Greenstone charms so if you want to buy one come here,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Liked all: Dinner cooked in the earth in traditional ways. Cultural stage show by Maori people. Live entrance on the river by "warriors" at night. Glow-work walk in the woods.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015 NEW

Shuttle service was excellent. We really enjoyed the small group learning sessions where we learned about traditional life in a Mauri village. The entertainment was great and the buffet was well done. We had a very nice evening.

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

Kia Ora lcosllow It is great to hear that you enjoyed time with us and learned a little about traditional life in the Village and enjoyed the food (kai) which is traditionally cooked in the steam vents and bubbling pools, and is delicious. The cultural performance show tells the history, legends and stories through waiata (song) and dance, Patere (rhythmic... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015 NEW

A bit too expensive entry. Performance was interesting and songs were nice, but it was held inside and auditorium didn't add to experience. If price was lower or more effort was put into performance - would be better.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015 NEW

How can you not marvel at this marvellous place, a true Maori cultural experience not to be missed, if you want to experience the Maori way of living from the pass more so than now than this is the place for you to come and visit, two people to fifty in a group you will be amazed at the true... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

We made a last minute decision to visit here after deciding that Te Puia was a bit pricey and seeing the signs on our way back to the city. I was worried it might be too touristy, but I am Maori, and chose to bring my Australian friend to get a cultural experience and I thought this was great. The... More 

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

Tena Koe Banaina We appreciate you and your Australian friend taking the time to visit us at Whakarewarewa – The Living Māori Village, and to give us your thoughts that it was “Great to see a blend of traditional and contemporary Maori culture”. The admission price includes a fully guided tour on the hour and the cultural performances at 11.15... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

Go early in the day to learn about the culture and history of Moari life in Aotearoa, New Zealand. The guides share history, stories of their family life, both today and days gone by. The tour is just the right length, about an hour, giving you plenty of time for a small cultural show and time to walk around the... More 

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

Kia Ora Deeinthekitchen It is great to hear that you had an “awesome experience” and that Whakarewarewa – The Living Māori Village is “always your first choice for friends who come to visit, as they all have a great time”. Our Guides who live in the village are friendly, informative and love spending time with our visitors (manuhiri) and try... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

We visited on Anzac day - and had an added bonus of communal signing by Maori visitors just outside the village. Our tour guide was wonderful - she was born in the village and gave us many insights into the amazing reality of living amongst the vents and hot springs which are used for everyday cooking and washing. So glad... More 

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

Kia Ora Nigel M Kapai, (thank-you) for spending some time with us on ANZAC Day, we are grateful for your thoughts around this special occasion. Your comments that it was a “superb experience - the only true working 'thermal' village in Rotorua”, talks volumes about the uniqueness of Whakarewarewa – The Village Māori Village, and we feel very humbled by... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

We were sceptical and were concerned this might be too touristy and were plesantly surprised. The culture is presented well in language and song and seeing a local version of the haka was interesting. The geyser in full flow was a sight to behold. Sit on the rocks if you can.

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

Tena koe BathfanOxford We certainly appreciate you spending some time with us and sharing your thoughts that you were presently surprised that it was not too touristy and the culture was well presented. We believe it is important to be able to cater for everyone, and give everyone an understanding of the uniqueness of the geothermal area, and have the... More 

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