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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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Whakarewarewa, The Living Maori Village Guided Tour with Optional Hangi Meal
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Great cultural experience

I have visited Whakarewarewa numerous times since childhood. My most recent visit confirmed why I love this place. I visited with my wife and teenage children. My wife and I grew... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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Rye Brook, New York
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Rye Brook, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I have visited Whakarewarewa numerous times since childhood. My most recent visit confirmed why I love this place. I visited with my wife and teenage children. My wife and I grew up in New Zealand, but our children have lived most of their lives out of the country. When we visit, I think it's important that they are exposed to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Whakawhetai koe katoa mo koutou wa , aroha tatou i to tatou noho!! Thank you all for your time, we loved our visit and we will be back.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Unfortunatly it was a very rainy day which did not make for a good tour. Guide did let us know not to wander off the paths but unfortunatly he scared the bejebers out of my 5 year old grandson who was then very scared and upset which also took away the enjoyment of the tour. Not the highlight of our... More 

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Thank Pauapatty
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Went there as a child and watched the kids jump off the bridge for pennies, so interesting to hear our guide talk about this. A village well worth the visit and is still lived in today. A good insight into Maori Culture.

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Thank Paula W
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Went on a drizzly day so that made it a little gloomy - there isn't really much shelter. It's pretty amazing that people actually live here and we appreciated being able to visit however it's a lot of money and we didn't personally enjoy it that much.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

There are hourly tours that start at the entrance to the village. We picked the 10am one, that tied in nicely with the cultural performance at 11.15am. What a lovely experience it was. We had the honour of Michael as our guide around the village. The tour takes you around the village, showing you how the Maoris make full use... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

great show with real energy and love, the village was interesting but the cafe was a disapointment. the hangi pie meal was very expensive and you couldn't get a separate pie from the meal deal

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

First thing to be aware of is that people actually live here! Don't go wandering into people's houses! Having said that, there's heaps of different hot springs here, as well as a mud pool and a view of a giant geyser. The tour guide will try and make sure you get to see it going off, around every 45 mins.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I moved to NZ about a year ago and took my mom here when she visited. It was interesting and we enjoyed it -- fun to walk through the village and hear the stories and the tour guide was great. The walk wasn't hard and only took about half an hour. We opted to try the hangi for lunch. They... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a village where the people who work here also live here. There is a lot of history as well as scenery as you walk around the geo-thermal areas, steam coming off the hot pools and mud pools, and the geyser was also interesting. There was an indoor Maori performance which was entertaining, really good singing voices. There were... More 

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

Kia ora mbromhead Kapai, thank-you for sharing your thoughts on your recent visit with other Trip Advisor members. Whakarewarewa Village is an authentic, living (real) village, where people have lived for over 100 years within a challenging environment. The fully guided tour, led by our guides who live in the Village are fun loving, enthusiastic and passionate about trying to... More 

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