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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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Type: Historic Sites
Owner description: Set amidst a landscape of erupting geothermal activity is The Living Maori Village of Whakarewarewa. Join a guided tour and discover the wonders of... more » Owner description: Set amidst a landscape of erupting geothermal activity is The Living Maori 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

What a great find. Learned some culture, got the best views of the geyser on the day, a living geothermal village, and a great geothermally cooked meal for lunch

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Dusseldorf, Germany
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

For a family of 4 with 2 young children we found this over priced. Good to see the natural features, but the local culture aspect left a lot to be desired. It cost $85!

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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

Excellent tour of the living village! We were the only 'kiwis' in our tour group but found the experience to be wonderful!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

Everything is here, and its so close to town. The guided tour is a great way to understand the village history. Best view of the best geyser too.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

My husband and I and our two children aged 7ys and 3yrs went to Whakarewarewa Village. We took the guided tour which is very interesting. I'm part Maori, and knew a fair bit about Maori Culture, but I found it awesome to learn about this tribe/area as I had always wondered about this area in particular. Our children didn't like... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

I'd read a few reviews of Whakarewarewa, some saying it looked tired. We visited earlier this week, and were most definitely not disappointed. Our guide Manawa was excellent from the word go, keeping everyone engaged and involved, providing a fantastic learning experience to anyone who was keen to learn about Maori culture in general or the closer focus of the... More

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 via mobile

This has to be one of the better known tourist attractions in New Zealand. I can remember my mother telling me about guide 'Rangi' in the 1950s, and this was my second time here. The overall experience was just great. We had Guide Manawa, I hope that I spelled her name correctly. She was brilliant. We talked and chatted with... More

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

Kia Ora Waikirikiri Kapai, thank-you for taking the time to visit with us and to place such wonderful feedback. It is great to get your opinion that Whakarewarewa is “one of the better known and best tourist attractions in New Zealand”, as our people have been guiding and sharing experiences with our manuhiri (visitors) for over 150 years. It sounds... More

Post Falls, Idaho, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

We didn't take a guided tour through the village, but rather our own walk about. Just to be walking through and see geothermal water bubbling up through the ground beneath us as we are surrounded by the history of the Maori village was quite a feeling. I've never seen such sights.

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

Tena Koe Aaron It’s great to hear that you believe The Living Māori Village, is “definitely worth checking out”. Doing a self-guided tour certainly allows you to go at your own pace and spend a little more time at points of interest such as the mud pools, geysers, steam vents and bubbling pools. The villagers use these geothermal resources on... More

Lurgan, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

great tour and entertainment,very nice and informative guide,great hot pools and mud pools,very releasable fee to enter,great cafe to eat some food that has being cooked in the hot box or the pools anyways was really nice,the haka was brilliant!. good insight how the Maori people lived past and present

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

Kia Ora Pruss88 Thank-you (Kapai) for visiting us and placing such wonderful feedback. From your comments it sounds like you experienced everything from the Geysers, mudpools, bubbling hot pools and steam vents, to trying the food cooked in the steam box and the attending the cultural performance. Our Guides and Staff genuinely try to make the experience a great one,... More

julia24
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Our tour guide in this village was amazing. His gentle and calm nature and lovely speaking voice was certainly mesmerizing! He gave a very lucid insight into Maori culture.

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

Tena Koe Julia It sounds like you really connected with your guide, and got a good understanding of how the villagers live within a geothermal environment and cooking and bathing within the geothermal waters and steam on a daily basis. There is certainly a lot to see in the village, from the steam vents, Geysers, Mud pools and bubbling waters,... More

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