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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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I learned so much!!!

This was a wonderful want to learn about the Maori people and how they lived - and how (some) still live. Our guide (I forgot her name as it was very long but she was amazing... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This was a wonderful want to learn about the Maori people and how they lived - and how (some) still live. Our guide (I forgot her name as it was very long but she was amazing ) explained how people cook, bath and celebrate life's moments as been done for years. Saw the geysers and mud pools. Learned about the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Of course this is laid on for the tourists but because it is presented to you by the people who live there it is more authentic than it would be if an external company took this over. It was very interesting to hear of childhood experiences growing up in the village and to see how proud they were of their... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We visited Whakarewarewa as a couple. I grew up in Rotorua and had maybe visited as a child, but wanted to take my husband - who is English - to have a cultural experience. It was wonderful to be able to share this magical place with him. What I liked is that this is very much a cultural experience that... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Considering it is a living Maori village, I prefer the Te Puia as its closer to the geysers and mud pools, and the performance was done in a marae and was more cleaner and comfortable. This village thrives on tourism and could be more organised for a better experience. I surely recommend Te Puia instead for value for money.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Used the intercity bus to get to Rotoura from Auckland. What I wanted to see was in walking distance. Great tour. #authentic

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Guided tour is best way to see and comprehend Maori village culture. View on houses as well as hot pools is worthwhile but go with guide. So much more valuable information

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We choose this attraction from the many offered to get some exposure to a Maori cultural show and to the Maori way of life. This is an authentic Maori community. The tours and shows are done by members of the community. The show lasts 1/2 hour. The tour lasts about 45 minutes and focuses on how the community uses the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I have lived in Rotorua for over 5 years but hadn't had the opportunity to go here yet. We went as a group of 3 adults (including a Dutch visitor) and a 4 year old. We all absolutely loved it, our guide spoke clearly and slowly and was very funny. And the show was amazing, gave me goosebumps. And I... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Yes, it smell, but it's worth it. I found it very interesting to see how the locals live. We booked a tour that took you around the village for an hour, then a short show about the Haka (their war cry), and a meal cooked in their thermals. They give you a guide with the time of when certain things... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We went there for half a day to visit the village and learn about Maori culture. It was very interesting to see how the Maori make use of the hot water and steam to cook and bath, etc. The geyser(s) weren't that interesting but still fun to watch. There's multiple Maori villages that can be visited. Why Whakarewarewa? Apparently, they're... More 

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