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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 #18 of 33 Attractions in Rotorua
Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
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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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Auckland, NZ
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

The tour of the village was both informative and interesting, with the guide giving a good commentary (albeit well rehearsed and a little scripted). The Village is a good option to see some geothermal activity as it adds another side to Rotorua, it is the only place you can see people actually living in a geothermal area (cooking, bathing and... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014 NEW

Loved our guide who was knowledgable, honest and funny. The tour was a little longer than need be but thorough and interesting.

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Queensland, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

Highly recommend visiting - especially the cultural show! not as commercialised as some other towns. The smell from the geysers was no where as bad as imagined and you certainly get used to it very quickly.

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

Tena Koe marg36 Kapai, thank-you for your recommendation that people should visit Whakarewarewa for an Authentic Māori Experience, we appreciate you wonderful comments. Taking a fully guided tour which is included in the admission price is a relaxed and very informal way of learning a little of the people, the history and the culture. The Guides are from the Village... More

Sydney, Australia
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

We went down to see the Maori church which was really interesting as there was alot of Maori carvings and decor int he chirch and even a Maori jesus!! Loved it. We almost walked through hot steamy water coming out through the cracks in the pavement in our flip flops/ thongs a bit scary but that's Rotorua ! There was... More

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

Tena Koe Priscilla F It’s great to see you enjoyed your time with us and got to see the Church and experience some of the geothermal wonders. The opportunity to learn a little of the culture and history also adds to the experience as does seeing some of the amazing Ta Moko (tattoos), that as well as being a great... More

Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

If you only have limited time in Rotorua, this place is a must visit, In one place, we got to see thermal pool, Pohutu geyser (albeit from a distance), mud pool, hangi cooking, hangi food, Maori cultural performance (check the timing before you go). Our Maori guide, Wai Maria, was an unforgettable person, she spoke lovingly of her culture and... More

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

Tena Koe ninatn Kapai, thank-you for taking the time to visit us at The Living Māori Village and placing such wonderful feedback. The opportunity to see Pohutu Geyser is something not to be missed when it is full eruption. The mist from the Geyser in and around the Steam Vents, Bubbling Pools and Mud Pools just adds to the atmosphere... More

Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
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34 reviews 34 reviews
9 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

Overall we enjoyed this tour and we had an unbelievably funny guide but the village is a little run down and it feels a little intrusive to be walking around the village after the tour. You get a bit of history and the way of life past and present. The geyser was amazing and we got some great shots of... More

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

Kia Ora TandA_13 We appreciate you taking the time to visit with us and experience a little of our people, history and culture. It is certainly interesting in that there are 25 families who live in the village, and on a daily basis cook and bathe here. We understand that for some of our visitors that this can be a... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

Hallo We are Birgit und Jürgen Schreck from Germany. We wantet to see a performance with Maoris ..... and we saw a dance of four people which used three spezific weapons and one brommstick. Oh this was very funny a dance with a simple wooden stick......but the silly tourist will not recognice this part. What a pity!!! Spare your money... More

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

Kia ora rā kōrua Birgit und Jürgen Schreck from Germany Kapai, thank you for taking the time to visit us at Whakarewarewa – The Living Māori Village and give us thoughts on your experience. We do take all feedback seriously, so I just wanted to clarify that our Cultural Performance Party - Te Pakira Cultural Performance Party are a group... More

Whangarei, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Beautiful day out to show an overseas friend what diversity NZ has and especially Rotorua has to offer

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

Kia Ora Kiwigirl332014 Kapai, thank-you for bringing your overseas manuhiri (visitors) to Whakarewarewa, as we always welcome the opportunity to showcase Te Whakarewarewa Valley and explain the legacy of our guiding from the Pink and White Terraces in the 1800’s to the present day. Our Guides always try to connect with our manuhiri and give them and understanding of the... More

Kuala Terengganu
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

The best place to check the hot spring ginza.. the blast of hot spring was really high but with a very good scenery & nice set up.

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

Kia Ora Huszaini H The Pohutu Geyser when it is in full eruption is an amazing sight, and the spray from it carries quite some distance. Certainly glad you got to experience that, and hope you also enjoyed the time in and around the bubbling pools, steam vents, mud pools. The scenery within Te Whakarewarewa Valley is certainly very photographic... More

Florianopolis, SC
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15 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

The place show us everything about maori 's lifestyle. You can see geisers all over the village and a maori music performance. I suggest to book a guide to learn everything about the tribe history and maori's costumes.

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

Tena Koe Recordeiro It is great to hear you had an interesting and enjoyable time within the Village and had the opportunity to attend the Cultural Performance Show, see the Pohutu Geyser and experience life in the village. The geyser is an amazing sight when in full eruption, and as you said can be seen from various vantage points around... More

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