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Whakarewarewa: The Living Maori Village

17 Tryon Street | Whakarewarewa Village, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand (Formerly Whakarewarewa: The Living Thermal Village)
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Type: Historic Sites
Owner description: Set amidst a landscape of erupting geothermal activity is The Living Maori Thermal Village of Whakarewarewa. Join a guided tour and discover the... more » Owner description: Set amidst a landscape of erupting geothermal activity is The Living Maori Thermal 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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London, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
11 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

A fascinating look at the history and culture of the Rotorua maori people. A bit of classroom for the welcoming ceremony then a tour of the village. This is a living community rather than a museum piece and all the better for it. Our guide later demonstrated the preparation of flax which was almost like magic. Recommended.

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

Kia Ora rolypope We appreciate your thoughts that the village is a “living community”, rather than a “museum piece”. We take pride in our uniqueness and the fact that the villagers live among the geothermal field on a daily basis and cook in the steam vents, and bubbling pools, and also bathe in the geothermal waters, which are very therapeutic.... More

San Francisco, California
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58 reviews 58 reviews
16 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

This village is one of the few that actually has modern day maori living on site, though their homes are private. It's one of the few places that offers daytime maori experiences though. every day there is a dance performance in this village and the option to take a guided tour. you can also walk the thermal park and see... More

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

Tena Koe greentea822 It’s good to hear that you had an enjoyable time with us and got the chance to walk around and experience all that the Living Māori village has to offer. We always recommended that our manuhiri (visitors) take the guided tour which is included in the entry price, as this allows you to get a good understanding... More

Leeds, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

The village gives a genuine insight into a real Maori village. The guides are interesting and have a family link to he village. The Maori cultural performance was outstanding and informative. All the locals had time to answer questions and speak with visitors. The geothermal activity was fascinating, and the villagers were incredibly informative about their volcanic home. This tour... More

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

Kia Ora DanC82 It is always good to get great feedback, and hear that you believe that the Living Māori Village is a “hidden Gem” and is “reasonably priced”. Having a guided tour and cultural performance included in the entry price allows us to give our visitors (manuhiri) the opportunity to learn about our people, culture and history during the... More

Singapore
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

The guide brought us through the daily lives of Maoris - using the natural geothermal energy to the best potential! It was interesting to see how they utilize the geothermal energy for cooking, and mineral pool for therapeutic purposes. I hope that the tour was longer and more interactive though.

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

Kia Ora reggieveggieee Thank-you for taking the time to visit with us and to give us feedback on the experience. Sounds like your guide was able to give you a good understanding of how the villagers live among the geothermal activity of a daily basis. The ability to live, cook and bathe in these geothermal wonders is a challenge, though... More

Melbourne, Australia
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132 reviews 132 reviews
45 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

Really loved our time here we walked around the Village and seen the boiling mud pools and the Prince of Wales and Potu Geysers then went to the Concert. The concert was very good and the Ladies and Gentlemen in the Concert Party all had some lovely voices really enjoyed the duet of Po Kara Kara Arna. It is not... More

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

Tena Koe Tullagirl It is great to hear that you enjoyed your time in the village and got to see the Bubbling Mud Pools, Prince of Wales Feathers and Pohutu Geysers They certainly are spectacular. Also, sounds like you had a fun time at the cultural Performance. It's always a visitor favourite witnessing the world famous HAKA, and having the... More

Auckland, New Zealand
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

I came here after buying some vouchers from Grabone thinking it was what is now Te Puia. I ended up going to Te Puia first and then coming to Whakarewarewa. Compared to Te Puia, Whakarewarewa was much smaller with mostly old Maori houses, whereas Te Puia had many walking tracks and was much more of a tourist destination. If you... More

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

Tena Koe jimmynzl Thank-you for taking the time to visit us at the Living Māori Village. You are correct in that there are two businesses in the Whakarewarewa Valley. The Living Māori Village, which is managed and run by a Charitable Trust, with all the profits going back into the village for upkeep, maintenance and enhancement of our manuhiri (visitor)... More

Thunder Bay, Canada
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Our tour guide was so passionate and proud of the Maori way if life. Her explanation of the synergy that her people have with the land and it's geothermic properties was so heartfelt and meaningful. Seeing the Hangi pits and foods being cooked in the hot water pools, mixed with the artistry and architecture in the village made this one... More

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

Tena Koe Rich and Bea It is great to hear that your time in the village was one of the highlights of your visit to Rotorua, and that the experience with your guide enabled you to get some understanding of the life in the village and how the people work in harmony with the environment on a day to day... More

Canberra, Australia
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

My daughter and I really enjoyed the 2-3 hours we spent there. It is an interesting mix of a Maori village currently lived in and a cultural/geothermal tourist attraction. I liked the relaxed friendly feel to it. Our guide had lots of info on the culture/history, all with humour and some nice singing. We were also showed around the geothermal... More

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

Kia Ora Rob B Kapai, thank-you Rob for your wonderful feedback and the fact that you believe the experience was excellent value for money. Like you, we believe the village is a unique place with a relaxed and laid back feel. All our staff including the Guides and the Cultural Performers work very hard to ensure all our manuhiri (visitors)... More

Utrecht, The Netherlands
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4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

We visited the Whakarewarewa village and it was very educational. The performance with the singing and dancing is very nice. The guide told us a lot about Maori culture and how they use the geothermal phenomona to cook, bath and heat their houses. Good alternative to the more expensive other Maori experiences around town. Got a great view of the... More

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

Tena Koe IsabelleWestra It is great to hear you got an opportunity to visit the village and to see the Geysers “at play”, they certainly are spectacular, and you do get a good view from the various platforms. The guided tour is educational, and we are glad you got some understanding from your Guide about how the villages functions today... More

Auckland Region, New Zealand
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10 reviews 10 reviews
9 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

This was a very informative and special tour. My partner has family links to this village so visiting meant a lot. The guide who took us round was able to give us some brilliant information about the village and she told us some great stories. We were told the history of the village and we were able to see how... More

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

Kia Ora mollyfox88 Great to hear that you and your partner had a very good experience in the Village, and that re-connecting with the family links gave you an understanding about how the villages functions today in this modern era, and with the geothermal challenges. The Guides and Cultural Performers enjoy telling the stories and history of the village and... More

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