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Whakarewarewa: The Living Maori Village

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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Ranked #20 of 66 things to do in Rotorua
Type: Historic sites, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: The Living Maori Village is set among the geothermal landscape of the...
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Type: Historic sites, Sights & Landmarks
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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44 reviews 44 reviews
8 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

We thoroughly enjoyed our trip to Whakarewarewa Maori village, we learned so much about Maori culture presented in a way that was both interesting and informative. In fact it is hard to decide what was our favourite element, it was all so good; the young penny fishers, the houses and their inhabitants ways of using the unique geothermal environment to... More 

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Burnley, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
5 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

Brilliant you can't no go here, its so interesting to see a living village. Food good we had sweet corn cooked in the spa pools. Penny boys are great.

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Brisbane, Australia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW via mobile

My husband and my two children visited here in December and I can't believe it has taken me so long to review! I have a bit of Maori heritage so it was lovely to experience the fullness of this village. For my children this was a brilliant tour of the bubbling pools, they loved the dance and singing and the... More 

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Potsdam, New York, United States
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32 reviews 32 reviews
24 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

This was a great experience! This is a real Maori village where people actually live - a nice change of pace from the finely choreographed tourist experiences. The setting was just amazing with all the thermal springs - the earth seemed to be alive and breathing fire with steam spouting out of the earth, water bubbling from the ground, and... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

We enjoyed our time at Whakarewarewa but felt it was a tad overpriced. We enjoyed walking through the village and the Maori performance was good but some of the magic was taken out of it when we could see barcodes on the wooden staffs the men used during the performance. We also thought the food was overpriced so didn't eat... More 

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Silver Spring, Maryland
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

This is a minimally commercialized tour. Don't expect costumes or very many displays. People live her and conduct their lives. There is a performance at the end of the tour. Well worth it

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

Tena Koe bearbala We appreciate you taking the time to visit us and learn a little of the Maori Culture, the history and the people. It is great to hear that you had a “great tour” and thought it was “well worth it”. The experience at Whakarewarewa is about giving all our visitors an understanding of the uniqueness of Te... More 

Taupo, New Zealand
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38 reviews 38 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015 NEW

The whole place is poorly run , uninterested staff , rude in fact and the whole establishment needs a total over haul including staff . Our relatives were somewhat shocked by the Maori lady who was the guide as she really was not interested and is not a good ambassador for New Zealand . We remember going there 30 years... More 

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

Hello WaipunaOhau We do appreciate you bringing your friends from Scotland along to visit us at Whakarewarewa. Hopefully you did get to see the Pohutu and Prince of Wales Feathers Geysers in full eruption (this is amazing), and to learn something about the uniqueness of Te Whakarewarewa Valley to both New Zealand and the World. Our guides who lead the... More 

Norwich, United Kingdom
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32 reviews 32 reviews
3 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015 NEW

I THINK THE REVIEW LEFT 19th FEB IS FOR ANOTHER PLACE? We visited on a not day and I wasn't sure what to expect however I really enjoyed our visit. With this living village you get is information on both the land and geothermal activity, and also about Maori culture. As families live here you could argue that it is... More 

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

Kia Ora A_BNorwich Kapai, thank-you for your feedback and comments on your experience at The Living Māori Village. It is great to hear that you thought it was “well worth a visit, informative & enjoyable”, and “the admission price was reasonable”. Our Admission Fee to the Village and Whakarewarewa Valley includes a fully Guided Tour and a Cultural Performance show.... More 

Southington, Connecticut
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138 reviews 138 reviews
53 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015 NEW

You can spend a lot of time on a tour and by yourself roaming through this village where the Maori live and work. They explain the thermal baths, cooking, history and you get a chance to throw "pennies" to the children divers. If you want to learn more about their lifestyle, culture and history, this is not to be missed.

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

Kia Ora lkis229 Kapai, thank-you for your wonderful comments and view that “If you want to learn more about their lifestyle, culture and history, this is not to be missed”. As you mentioned you can go on a fully guided tour, or self-guide at your leisure, either around the Village or the back tracks. The back tracks are well formed... More 

Napier, New Zealand
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

This visit exceeded our expectations. It was authentic - well it is a current Maori village- welcoming, informative, fun. We had time to ourselves, a fabulous half hour show including the Haka and beautiful singing. We had a great hour tour of the village and especially the geothermal pools and the geezers. It was excellent value for $35 each. It... More 

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

Kia Ora Elis150 Kapai, thank-you for your wonderful comments and fabulous rating. We appreciate your comments that “you had an amazing tour which exceeded your expectations’, and that “it was excellent value for money” just reinforces the fact we have a unique and engaging attraction in Rotorua. The Tuhourangi people have been involved in guiding and tourism for over 150... More 

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