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Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village
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Whakarewarewa, The Living Maori Village Guided Tour with Optional Hangi Meal
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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, Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed April 8, 2013

Really unique and special place (where else would you find ordinary houses right next to active thermal pools?) that manages to preset the maori culture without feeling commercialize or fake. We avoided guided tours in our 2-month stay in NZ but this one was great - our guide was knowledgable, funny, authentic and just real.
The thermal sights here are very impressive (geysers, colorful mud pools, steam etc etc) and the fact that this is woven into an otherwise normal Maori village is just fascinating!

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Reviewed April 7, 2013

We had a fantastic visit to Whakarewarewa village. Make sure you get there in time to see the Cultural show at 11.15am and 2pm. This was really well performed and a great opportunity to see the Haka!
We also paid $2 for a Hangi corn on the cob which was delicious and great to sample the traditional way of cooking.
We had a guided tour which made the visit. Not only did this explain certain areas of the village and the way of life there but also gave us an insight into Maori culture. Our guide was very informative and made the tour really fun. We also were lucky enough to see the excited geysers as part of the tour.
A definite recommendation to anyone visiting Rotorua!

Thank ScottC449
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Reviewed April 6, 2013

If you're in Rotorua you have to go to this. it was very hot and we cycled to Whakarewarewa via a trip through the forrest but it was well worth the effort. The tour guide was steeped in local knowledge and very entertaining in his delivery. There was a cultural performance and of course 'the smell'. , There's also a museum which is 'must see' and several paths around the lake which you can walk at your own speed. I didn't try the Whaka Hangi Pie but those that did liked it.

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Reviewed April 4, 2013

Visited early Easter Mon morning and paid extra for a guided tour. Our guide, Girlie was wonderful and made the visit so interesting and rewarding as she explained the history, the culture, the language and the warmth of the community living within the village.
The geothermal activity is utilised for cooking, washing and so unpredictable - a natural wonder!

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Reviewed April 3, 2013

Firstly it was the NZ government who divided the village, and we chose to visit this one.
Our "lady" guide was excellent, and explained many facets of Maori life in the village and also answered (with great tact at times) all questions from the visiting group.
Some of the group had to leave, but those who remained were shown how flax is weaved using basic materials.
Overall a great experience and well worth the entry fee.

Thank Mi W
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