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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

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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A unique insight into the Maori culture.

Having lived in New Zealand for almost a year now I have been to a few Maori culture performances but I can honestly say that this one was truly unique and worth a visit. The... read more

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Chester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Having lived in New Zealand for almost a year now I have been to a few Maori culture performances but I can honestly say that this one was truly unique and worth a visit. The village itself is really quaint and interesting, we were given a tour which lasted around an hour which was packed full of information about how... More 

Thank ErinBFitz93
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is a genuine Maori village with Maori who have lived there for generations. They welcome visitors into their village, and show them how they live, cook and enjoy each other's company. If you go, I strongly recommend attending one of the two daily musical performances, which are included in your entry price The onsite cafe also has genuine Maori... More 

Thank Karen F
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

A very smelly experience, however so full of culture and information. Our guide was very softly spoken which at times was a little annoying but we got the full story and enjoyed what he had to tell us. Such an amazing little place. I love the fact that it is still in full use and they are holding onto their... More 

Thank CheekyAsRobyn
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I'll keep my review short. GREAT tour guide Kesha. I paid 35nzd and feel this is great value for money. It was not contrived, gave a great mix of entertainment (guided tour, cultural show) and as some other reviewer pointed out felt like a living museum. From geysers to the Maori microwave to the cemetery.. Lots of fascinating tidbits... I... More 

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West Bend, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A good way to learn about the Maori and their history. The village is located in a forest and our visit in the evening made us feel like we really had entered a time capsule. The stories and dances resonated much better in the natural forest setting.

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Macon, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My wife was born in NZ,her parents moved we she was 5 ,lost the accent,our guide had,,,, an for an American,difficult to pronounce Maori name and went by chief, the tour was informative,yet entertaining ,hard to do,...great history and culture,...went in the day ,no bells or RotoVegas whistles...lol...the tour and the cultural show where our favorite things to while we... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The village is like a living museum for tourists. The Maori people live there and we all get to see how they live their lives on a daily basis. There are mud pools, hot pools around the village, and we also get to see Prince of Wales and Pohutu Geysers from a few lookout points that are near enough to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A visit to this living Maori Village and experiencing the cultural show performed for the visitors has been a great experience. a brief peek into the past and present of teh Maori people has been a great educational experience.

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Bristol, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

When we arrived we felt a little self conscious that we were wandering amongst people's homes - however, there were several clearly marked routes for interesting walks that you could go on without a guide while you were waiting for your guided tour to begin. We were a family group with 4 adults and 3 children. We found we had... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is another of our top spot places to take our friends and family when they visit New Zealand. For a great cultural experience there are few better. Worth the time and money - we always find the team here so friendly and visitors are never disappointed - they always go home with loads of photos to share with their... More 

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