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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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Description: 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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After the tour i feel like i have a better understanding about the moari culture . it was truly a blessing to enjoy the cultural perfomances and the hangi ( a meal taditionally... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

After the tour i feel like i have a better understanding about the moari culture . it was truly a blessing to enjoy the cultural perfomances and the hangi ( a meal taditionally cooked under the ground ). Witnessing the geyers and the geothermals...Wow nature is just amazingly beautiful. The tour guides are absolutly passionate about what they do. this... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

We visited the village in August and took a tour with Rob. A great small tour group with very friendly and informative guide. Not too commercialised and the village is very happy with small groups coming through, not wanting a million people a year. Great geyser, cultural performance and local shops in the village too. Reasonably priced.

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

authentic maori experience, living village, yes, people actually live here, say kia ora to the girls doing the weaving, kia ora cuz.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Such a wonderful village, our guide explain their culture, religious rituals, how the cook, the daily life, and the social structure. Twice a day they perform their typical dance and the worldwide known haka (which is awesome!!) Even we couldnt spend the day there, you can be there as long as you want, and have a steaming lunch!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Me and my boyfriend visited village and it was absolutely great experience. My boyfriend was suspicious before visiting and I have to say I was also little bit. I didn't want to go to a huge tourist rush to stare Maori's living their lives. Thank god it wasn't anything like that. We took a nice walk before cultural performance which... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Friends describe this as the cultural centre of New Zealand - I say that is Wellington but it certainly fits the bill for Maori Culture.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Has been many years since visiting Whakarewarewa and thought my two young (London raised) boys would enjoy learning about Maori culture. The geyser played nicely for us and the afternoon performance which lasts 30 min was well done. The tour through the village was informative. Not as commercial as some Maori cultural shows/villages this was a good day out.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015 via mobile

The village is located on the edge of the city and was bathed in geothermal steam during our winter visit which gsve it a slightly mysterious air. Upon arrival you are given a map of the village which points out the main features. You are also given a time for a guided tour and musical presentation. The guide lives in... More 

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

Tena Koe Andrew H We certainly appreciate your comments that “If you are in town, you should definitely take the time” to visit us at the Living Māori Village. As you mentioned, visiting during the winter, with the bubbling pools, steam vents and Geyser spray, the tour has a somewhat mysterious air about it. The Guides try to make the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Wow! We were welcomed by a cultural performance which included lots of singing and dancing. (the shows are at 11:15 & 2). This included the famous Haka, which always sends chills down my spine. After the performance we had a guided tour (which I strongly recommend as part of the experience)! Our guide was funny, informative and had a great... More 

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

Kia ora Stewart L Kapai, thank-you for the positive review and feedback. It is great to hear that you thought the visit was well worth it and that you enjoyed the guided tour. As you mentioned our guides are funny, informative, and have a passion for the village. We believe it is important for our Guides to make the guided... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Visiting from the UK we wanted to experience and learn about the Maori culture. We looked at many but Whakarewarewa seemed the most authentic - and we were not disappointed. The guide was fantastic showing us around the living village, the way the thermal geology is used in a sustainable way and the legends of the Maori culture. We really... More 

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

Kia Ora ClairH669 We appreciate you spending some time with us at Whakarewarewa, and giving such wonderful feedback and a fabulous recommendation to other travellers. As you mentioned, our Guides who live in the village love spending time with our visitors (manuhiri) and try and give everyone an understating of Māori culture, the history of the Valley the people, and... More 

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