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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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Why have they let this once popular and wonderful, site become so downgraded,\. Having stopped here many ,many times through my life and I am now in my seventies this is a... read more

1 of 5 starsReviewed January 29, 2015
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Whangaparaoa,Auckland
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

Why have they let this once popular and wonderful, site become so downgraded,\. Having stopped here many ,many times through my life and I am now in my seventies this is a disgrace to Maori culture. No mud pools ,now, show not worth seeing, used to see the folk livinh there doing their washing the old way in the pools,... More 

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Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

There were so many choices in Rotorua to see a Maori concert and eat hangi, we had trouble making up our minds. We came across Whakarewarewa by chance. Thought the price was reasonable, but we missed the hangi. The concert was good with interaction between the performers and audience. Our guide was very knowledgeable, though sometimes we did have to... More 

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

Kia Ora yunderup1 Kapai, thank-you spending time with us and letting us know that you “had an enjoyable couple of hours and thought it was good value for money”. The Entry Fee includes a fully Guided Tour and a Cultural Performance show. The guided tours are on the hour and the shows are daily at 11.15 am and 2.00pm. The... More 

Fiano Romano, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

Thanks to the maori guide we learned a lot of things about their common life and customs. The village is small, at the entrance there's an old picture where you can see the little differences from now and past time. Maybe it is too expensive to eat the "hangi" plate that's only a boiled dish.

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

Kia Ora AriannaLag Kapai, thank-you for visiting us and giving us your thoughts that the Living Māori Village” is an “Interesting place to visit”. The 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, so it is great to hear... More 

Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

The concert was really good. The Divers were exceedingly brave. The coin throwing was strangely stingy. The names were extremely tongue twistingly long. The guide was extra helpful the Geyser was powerful. The baths were steamy pungent and blocked my sinuses, it did not help me to inhale those steams. The Children were very demanding when requesting for the pennies.... More 

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

Kia Ora InspectorRex It sounds like you had a great time with us and got to experience a lot of what Te Whakarewarewa Valley and the Living Māori Village has to offer. The Pohutu Geyser when in full eruption is certainly powerful, and allows for great photo opportunities from the viewing platforms, and walking out around the back tracks just... More 

Perth, Australia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW via mobile

Best value here was the corn cob, which wasn't even included in the expensive entrance fee of $30. Although people were friendly, the only interesting attraction here is the tradition of the children jumping into the river from the bridge. The village is very run down and needs a bit of maintenance. There didn't appear to be much traditional culture... More 

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

Kia Ora tenikaw Kapai, thank-you for your comments, and great to hear that you enjoyed the corn cob cooked in the geothermal, bubbling pools, and the tradition of the “penny divers”, children jumping into the river from the bridge. The $35 Admission Charge ($85 for a family of 2 adults and up-to 4 children) for a fully Guided Tour and... More 

Canberra, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

it was an educational evening seeing carvers using their skills on the NZ timber making Maori artifacts, weaving & followed by a concert & traditional Hangi - excellent food! unfortunately we were rushed in order to join a walk to the Thermal ground. Otherwise a nice evening

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

Kia Ora Pauline N Kapai, thank-you for taking the time to visit with us, giving us you views on your visit and for placing the wonderful feedback. It is great to hear that you enjoyed the concert and the traditional hangi meal and that you found the experience to be educational. Enjoy the rest of your time in New Zealand... More 

Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

This living Maori Village is well worth a visit as it is not commercialised and is not government funded so they rely on visitors for thier survival. The village was well laid out and the culture show was brilliant. The villagers really made you feel welcome and the guides was very friendly and informative.

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

Kia Ora 681del We appreciate your thoughts that the “Living Māori Village is well worth a visit as it is not commercialised and is not government funded”. The $35 Admission Charge ($85 for a family of 2 adults and up-to 4 children) includes a fully Guided Tour and a Cultural Performance show, with all the profits going back into the... More 

Newcastle, Australia
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

If you have to spend money in Rotorua to view some of the thermal attractions, then this is a great spot. You learn about how and why the Maori came here, and they continue to live in this village, so it is very interesting. Guides are all very knowledgable, and village has a good view of Pohutu geyser

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

Kia Ora paulpower2013 We certainly appreciate you taking the time to visit us at Whakarewarewa and place such favourable feedback and comments. The experience at the Living Māori Village, includes the fully guided tour and a cultural performance. As you mentioned the guides are “very knowledgeable”, live in the village and love sharing their experiences. Our goal is to give... More 

Wollongong
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

I would definitely recommend this to all travellers at Rotorua. The people living at the village are very friendly and the performance leaves you feeling happy and enlightened. There are also some beautiful thermal pools to look at with crystal clear water. We also bought corn that was cooked in one of the thermal pools and was soon delicious!!!

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

Kia Ora sumii_xo Kapai (thank-you) for your great feedback and wonderful comments. We are certainly privileged by your thoughts that you would definitely recommend visiting Whakarewarewa the Living Māori Village to all travellers to Rotorua. As you mentioned the Guides and Villagers are very friendly, and love spending time with our visitors and giving them some understanding of Māori Culture,... More 

New Delhi, India
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

The geysers were okay .. The tour was very very boring. It's best to skip the guided tour which is unfortunately a part of the entry. Just look around yourself.

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

Kia Ora Varun1123 Firstly, Kapai, thank-you for taking the time to visit us at Whakarewarewa, the Living Māori Village. Great to hear that you enjoyed seeing the Pohutu Geyser and Prince of Wales Feathers Geyser. Hopefully you also saw the mud-pools, steam vents and bubbling pools, as they form a unique part of the Villagers life on a daily basis.... More 

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