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Whakarewarewa: The Living Maori Village

17 Tryon Street | Whakarewarewa Village, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand (Formerly Whakarewarewa: The Living Thermal Village)
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Type: Historic Sites
Owner description: Set amidst a landscape of erupting geothermal activity is The Living Maori Thermal Village of Whakarewarewa. Join a guided tour and discover the... more » Owner description: Set amidst a landscape of erupting geothermal activity is The Living Maori Thermal Village of Whakarewarewa. Join a guided tour and discover the wonders of Mother Nature and learn how we have come to live in harmony within this unique environment. Sit back and relax at our twice daily Maori Cultural Performances while we entertain you through song and dance. Our melodious voices accompanied by hand movements tell the stories of our heritage, past and present. Indulge your senses and try our Traditional Geothermal Hangi, Hangi Pie or Corn Cob, a tasteful and refreshing experience. « less
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Naples, Florida
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

Wonderful informative guide, great meal, cooked underground Maori style, Maori dance and show, geysers, plenty to see and do.

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

We visited ‘The Living Maori Village’ Whakawerawera as part of a shore excursion. It was very impressive how the guide engaged with us all. We saw everything from the Maori culture to the thermal springs and geysers, topped of with an amazing Maori show. I even had a chance to get up on stage with the performers. Great day.

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

Kia Ora We appreciate you taking the time to place such a glowing review of our Living Maori Village, and the fact you had a great day. All our staff are passionate about the village, their legacy and the time they spend with you, our visitors (manuhiri). I will definitely pass your kind words onto our guides and cultural performers,... More

Christchurch, New Zealand
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10 reviews 10 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

We has a superb guide here - I think his name was Michael. He was very helpful and genuine. Make sure you check out the shop run by Ralph who carves all the pendants that he sells. He will tell you about the designs, their meaning and even custom fit them to your neck. His is the small shop on... More

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

Kia Ora, thank you for your kind comments on your experience to The Living Maori Village, we are glad that you enjoyed your time with us, and look forward to extending our hospitality next time you are in Rotorua. I will pass on your feedback to Michael and Ralph, whom I am sure will be humbled by your regard for... More

Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

It was really good to actually see this enclave is occupied as a normal living area. One can see people doing their daily business. Our guide was great, admission included a guided walk, a Maori Show. There was a café there as well and many gift shops!

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

Kia Ora Kapai, thank you for taking the time to give us feedback on your experience within the village. I will pass on your feedback to the Guides, the Cafe and the various gift shops. We look forward to welcoming you back in the future. ma te wa, Whakarewarewa Whanau More

San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

This was one of the half day tours I experienced while in New Zealand! Our guide was from the Village so it made all the more memorable from cooking/food preparation to finishing with native dance.

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

Kia Ora Stephen B, thank you for your kind comments on your experience to The Living Maori Village, we are glad that you enjoyed your time with us. Nga mihi nui Whakarewarewa Whanau More

Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

This attraction has failed to live up to what it promises. It is looking old and tired. Mainly consisting of 2nd rate souvenir shops and some handcraft outlets, there isn't really a lot to see. Even the geysers are not on the agenda! Sorry Whakarewarewa you have failed badly! It even started when we were told rudely not to park... More

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Dunedin, New Zealand
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Rude guide and it was derelict and run down with litter. I felt humiliated by the guide there and there were NO thick mud pools (as promised) and NO cultural performances. It was not at all as I imagined and I will never go back. I sent an email of complaint two days ago and have not heard back.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Me and my husband visited here and was very disappointed as I remember this place when I visited as a child, I really wanted to see the geyser but when walking around was disappointed to find a gate blocking walking further as the geyser is now part of another adjoining thermal park so it seems this place only had half... More

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

Kia Ora I am sorry to hear that you were not happy with your experience within the Village. The gate that t partitions the valley has been in place for over 15 years. The cost for admission includes a fully guided walk through the village by Guides whose legacy is back to Lake Tarawera and the Pink and White Terraces.... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

The performance of welcome, songs, poi's and Hakka, were absolutely brilliant!!!! Performance was the highlight!!!

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

Tena koe Jacinta M Kapai, thank you for your kind comments on your experience to The Living Maori Village, the cultural performance group are certainly exceptional. I will pass on your feedback. Ma te wa Whakarewarewa Whanau More

London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

I have read a lot of the negative reviews about Whakarewarewa, and I have to say that it seems that all of these people expected 'authentic maori' to mean wooden villages, open fires, animals, tattooed people wearing skins etc - basically a very colonial kind of circus. I am very happy to say that it is not like that at... More

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

Kia Ora Catherine O We appreciate you taking the time to give us such great feedback and to show your support for the families who live in the village. All our staff are passionate about the valley as it is home. The families in the village live, cook and bathe in the geothermal natural resources and have done so for... More

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