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Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village
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Whakarewarewa, The Living Maori Village Guided...
Ranked #15 of 117 things to do in Rotorua
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: In August 2015 Whakarewarewa received recognition as one of the Lonely Planets’ Top 500 Ultimate Travel Destinations, being ranked at #276 in the world. he Living Maori Village is set among the geothermal landscape of the Te Whakarewarewa Valley, a ten minute walk from town. See the Geysers, Bubbling Pools, Mud Pools, and Steam Vents 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. The entry fee includes a fully guided tour and Maori Cultural Performance, including the world famous HAKA. Our guides are direct descendants of the guides who guided at the Pink and White Terraces over 170 years ago, this legacy is as important today as it was then.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase
Reviewed November 20, 2012

Really good spot to learn about Maori culture and how the springs are still used in day to day life. The tours are excellent and very informative, and also the live show is very fun to watch. Recommended.

Thank Jake F
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Reviewed November 14, 2012

With so many different options for learning about Maori culture and geothermal features around Rotorua it is hard to choose. We opted for this one as the people live right on the thermal ground and have incorporated it into thier way of life. This tour is great value (many of the tours are quite expensive) and the women guides do a wonderful job. (be sure to read about the history of the guides in the visitor centre before you do your tour). Our guide was very good, welcoming, happy to answer questions, and entertaining in trying to teach us how to speak the language. We included the hangi lunch - all cooked on the different steam vents and thermal pools - quite good and better than some of the baked hangi we have had. The cultural show was well done also. The village faces challenges with living on the site but are doing a good job of keeping the village welcoming. We were very happy to support thier efforts to share thier culture and help them maintain the tradition of the guides. This is very separate from the state run arts and crafts site next door.

1  Thank 24travelnow
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Reviewed November 8, 2012

We chose to go to this "living village" rather than to the more commercialised, structured attraction next door as we prefer the less formal experiences. We enjoyed the fact that this is a real village, occupied by people whose families have lived there for generations, living their normal lives. Despite having groups of tourists through all the time, the people were friendly and relaxed. We joined a guided tour led by a lady who was born and brought up there, finding it most interesting and enjoyable. We were then treated to a cultural performance by a family group, again informal but of good quality. A bonus was a song performed by a primary school group visiting from Northland, who happened to be attending that day.
There are small souvenir shops, some featuring local craftspeople at work so you can watch how they make their wares. There is no high-pressure sales and you can wander at your leisure around the village. You can also enjoy (as we did) a hangi meal, cooked in the volcanic steam oven you will see on the tour.
This was a delightful glimpse into a lifestyle which is slipping away. It was also an interesting window into the story of the 1886 volcanic eruption, which is featured in many of the sites around the area as it was such a major historical event in the region.

2  Thank Bjerkana
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Reviewed November 7, 2012

The practicalities of living in an area of high geological activity are brought to bear in this short but very interesting tour.

Although sometimes it feels like some of the explanations are stretched beyond what is interesting, the fact remains that these people live and work on top of a big bunch of lava that is heating up water just below boiling point all around the place.

Thank TzctlpcLondon_UK
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Reviewed November 5, 2012

Our guide was a relative of the people of the village. She answered every question we asked and gave us a tour to remember. The dancing and singing presentation was great also as was the corn cooked in the thermal pool.

1  Thank Natalie1964
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