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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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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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Great Maori Cultural Experience - be sure to join a guided tour

This was really a great cultural experience. Ask for "the singing guide" -- her voice is unforgettable with a sweetness that lingers in my memory. She sang many of the songs of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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FL USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This was really a great cultural experience. Ask for "the singing guide" -- her voice is unforgettable with a sweetness that lingers in my memory. She sang many of the songs of the Maori, and because she is from the village knows wonderful accounts of her ancestors that she both sang and told (much of it in the Maori language... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The village was smaller than I expected and easy to navigate in about 30-45 minutes (I walk fast), but much more enjoyable on a guided tour. (Not very crowded on this overcast day in July.) Our guide told the best stories! Photos don't portray the true beauty of the area; pray for a sunny day to appreciate the deep blue... More 

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

Kia Ora SeattleGal2015 It is great to get your thoughts on your visit to Whakarewarewa and to hear that enjoyed the guided tour. You certainly travelled quite a distance on foot from the lakefront to Whakarewarewa, though there are other options including a bus from the i-site (not too far from the lakefront). As you mentioned it is always good... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I'm so glad I decided to come here and not the touristy Te Puia down the road. This is not a village built for tourists but a genuine Maori village where people live and work, using the geothermal springs to cook and bathe, leading a unique existence. The guides take great pride in their job and are pleased to show... More 

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

Kia ora Julia C Kapai (thank-you) for sharing your thoughts with us and other Trip Advisor members, that Whakarewarewa is not a village built for tourists but a GENUINE MAORI VILLAGE where people live and work, using the geothermal springs to cook and bathe, leading a unique existence. As you mentioned our Guides who live in the village take pride... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

What a great day visiting this village. We learned so much about the Maori culture. Make sure you try the Hangi lunch!!

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

Kia Ora Islandgirlforever1 It is great to hear that you had a great day visiting the Village and that you learned so much about the Māori culture. There is just so much to do at Whakarewarewa, from the fully guided or self-guided tours, attending the cultural performance, to walking the back tracks, or just sitting and relaxing and taking everything... More 

Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 175 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Whakarewarewa is a genuine Maori village within Rororua, which we were told has been occupied for hundreds of years. Most of it is modern structures, including shops and a cafe, that are nonetheless interesting, and the rest is used to show tourists examples of Maori culture, practices and artifacts. However, the village also contains hot springs, both water and mud,... More 

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

Kia ora Jules8Perkins Kapai, thank-you for spending some time with us at Whakarewarewa, and great to hear the highlight was a splendid view of Pohutu Geyser from one of the viewing areas. Whakarewarewa Village is an authentic, living (real) village, where people have lived for over 100 years within a challenging geothermal environment. Though they live in modern homes, they... More 

Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Having first visited over 50 years ago when the village was alive with children have noticed over subsequent visits the village is slowing dying, having said that its worth a visit to see and learn about the village and culture. I always make sure I visit the grave of Guide Rangi who was a famous village guide and was my... More 

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

Kia Ora John S Kapai (thank-you) for spending some time with us at Whakarewarewa – The Living Māori Village, and sharing your thoughts with other Trip Advisor travellers that it is “worth a visit to see and learn about the village and culture”. As you have rightly said there have been many changes over the 50 years since your first... More 

Somerset, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We considered this to be reasonably priced and the tour was interesting. By visiting here you are helping to support the local Maori rather than a large company or government, that has to be a plus. The cultural show was actually very enjoyable and we normally don't like them too much. So we were pleased we went. If you are... More 

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

Kia Ora muscadet Kapai, thank-you for taking the time to review your experience in the Village and give us your thoughts that the experience was reasonably priced and supports local Māori. Part of the enjoyment for the Guides and staff at Whakarewarewa is about educating our visitors (manuhiri) about Maori history, culture and everyday life, with a view to preserving... More 

Sylvania, New South Wales, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Our guide was a really cool, no-nonsense woman who told it to us straight and was very informative in her tour. She totally shot down unruly tourists and I think that's why there weren't any incidents or accidents during the tour! I'm unsure whether to name her, so I'll let her remain anonymous. The tour included the traditional greeting and... More 

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

Kia Ora Alice A Kapai (thank-you) for taking the time to share your thoughts on your visit to Whakarewarewa with us and other Trip Advisor members. It is great to hear you found the experience to be “insightful and interesting” and that learnt so much about the Maori culture. There is just so much to do at Whakarewarewa, from the... More 

Nantes, France
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

For 20$ extra you better go to TE PUIA, which is close. At TE PUIA have a better view on the geyser, for whakawerawera you can see other people getting closer , it s very frustrating.... Most of the wall around the village were closed. The worst is the show! One of the guy were not tatooed, I thought in... More 

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

Tena Koe AlexCS44115 We appreciate you taking the time to visit with us, though obviously disappointed with your thoughts on an attraction which is unique within New Zealand. By the sound of it you got too see the Pohutu and Prince of Wales Feathers Geysers from the viewing areas, though sounds like you may not have learned anything about the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The best value for money cultural experience I have had for many years. Join the guided tour and don't miss the cultural performance by Te Pakira. The visit is not complete without trying the hangi; you will be back. Sun hat and sunscreen essential during the summer months.

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

Kia ora fisho21 Kapai, thank-you for visiting and sharing your thoughts that Whakarewarewa was the best value for money cultural experience you had for many years. It’s great to hear you took the fully guided tour and attended the cultural performance show which are both included in the admission price. We believe it is important to be able to cater... More 

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