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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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Type: Historic Sites
Owner description: Set amidst a landscape of erupting geothermal activity is The Living Maori Village of Whakarewarewa. Join a guided tour and discover the wonders of... more » Owner description: Set amidst a landscape of erupting geothermal activity is The Living Maori 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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Christchurch, New Zealand
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 via mobile

This has to be one of the better known tourist attractions in New Zealand. I can remember my mother telling me about guide 'Rangi' in the 1950s, and this was my second time here. The overall experience was just great. We had Guide Manawa, I hope that I spelled her name correctly. She was brilliant. We talked and chatted with... More

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

Kia Ora Waikirikiri Kapai, thank-you for taking the time to visit with us and to place such wonderful feedback. It is great to get your opinion that Whakarewarewa is “one of the better known and best tourist attractions in New Zealand”, as our people have been guiding and sharing experiences with our manuhiri (visitors) for over 150 years. It sounds... More

Post Falls, Idaho, United States
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37 reviews 37 reviews
8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

We didn't take a guided tour through the village, but rather our own walk about. Just to be walking through and see geothermal water bubbling up through the ground beneath us as we are surrounded by the history of the Maori village was quite a feeling. I've never seen such sights.

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

Tena Koe Aaron It’s great to hear that you believe The Living Māori Village, is “definitely worth checking out”. Doing a self-guided tour certainly allows you to go at your own pace and spend a little more time at points of interest such as the mud pools, geysers, steam vents and bubbling pools. The villagers use these geothermal resources on... More

Lurgan, United Kingdom
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7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

great tour and entertainment,very nice and informative guide,great hot pools and mud pools,very releasable fee to enter,great cafe to eat some food that has being cooked in the hot box or the pools anyways was really nice,the haka was brilliant!. good insight how the Maori people lived past and present

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

Kia Ora Pruss88 Thank-you (Kapai) for visiting us and placing such wonderful feedback. From your comments it sounds like you experienced everything from the Geysers, mudpools, bubbling hot pools and steam vents, to trying the food cooked in the steam box and the attending the cultural performance. Our Guides and Staff genuinely try to make the experience a great one,... More

julia24
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Our tour guide in this village was amazing. His gentle and calm nature and lovely speaking voice was certainly mesmerizing! He gave a very lucid insight into Maori culture.

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

Tena Koe Julia It sounds like you really connected with your guide, and got a good understanding of how the villagers live within a geothermal environment and cooking and bathing within the geothermal waters and steam on a daily basis. There is certainly a lot to see in the village, from the steam vents, Geysers, Mud pools and bubbling waters,... More

Rotorua, New Zealand
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

There are some great little treats to see from weaving and piu piu making to a historical walk around the village. A calming atmosphere with some interesting history from cooking food in the hot pools to the soaking spas.

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

Kai Ora Janine We appreciate your comment that “there are some great little treats to see from weaving and piu piu making to a historical walk around the village”, Our Guides and Staff are passionate about trying to give our manuhiri (visitor) some understanding that we are an authentic Living Maori Village, with people living within a geothermal environment and... More

Auckland Region, New Zealand
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

See how Maori use the Geothermal energy for everyday use and and be entertained by the Performance Group with traditional dance and song. ​

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

Kia Ora LilyChak Thank you for taking the time to visit us at Whakarewarewa - the Living Maori Village. We appreciate you taking the time to learn how we use the Geothermal steam and bubbling pools for everyday use and also took the opportunity to attend the cultural performance, and hear the waiata (songs) and dances, which includes the world... More

South Shields, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We thought that this would be an amazing place to visit but unfortunately we were incredibly let down. the cultural show was amazing and the Maori's were very engaging, however, the surrounding area was not as described. The village was tiny and not well maintained. The mud pools were barely existent and the geysers, obviously, are not regular so we... More

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

Tena Koe F B It is great to hear that you thought “the Cultural Show was amazing and the Māori’s were very engaging””. We take all feedback seriously, and are disappointed to hear that you believe the Living Māori Village was not as described. At Whakarewarewa, our attraction sits on a unique geothermal field that has numerous mudpools, steam vents,... More

Sydney, Australia
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57 reviews 57 reviews
14 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

We had such a great time here. Our tour guide Michael was awesome we loved his tour. We learned so much from him and he was also so fun. We also had the meal it was SO GOOD... and to see how they cooked it was so fun. We also went on the walk very worth it. If you every... More

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

Kia Ora Amy Kapai, thank-you for writing such a glowing review on your experience at Whakarewarewa. Good to hear you all had a great time and connected well with Guide Michael, "loved his tour", and learned a little about our people, history and culture and how the people in the village live in a such a challenging and unique environment.... More

Wellington, New Zealand
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13 reviews 13 reviews
10 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

After Wai o Tapu go visit this one, forget Te Puia which is opposite and spend time here, you can still see the Geyser!

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

Kia Ora James Kapai, thank-you for taking the time to travel through from Wellington to visit us at Whakarewarewa. We also believe we have a unique offering, allowing our visitors to see the world famous Pohutu Geyser, and Prince of Wales Feathers Geysers, set amongst the geothermal steam and mud pools. It is a real treat. Combine this opportunity with... More

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10 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 via mobile

This place was great. Sandra, our guide, was fun and informative. Totally recommended and better value for money than some of the other places.

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

Tena Koe Nicole Thank-you (Kapai) for spending time with us at Whakarewarewa, and sounds like you made a good connection with guide Sandra. It is also good to hear that you “totally recommend” the experience and you thought it was “good value for money”, as all proceeds go back into the village for repairs and maintenance and enhancement of our... More

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