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Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village
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Whakarewarewa, The Living Maori Village Guided Tour with Optional Hangi Meal
Ranked #8 of 108 things to do in Rotorua
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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
Sydney, Australia
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“My most unforgettable stop in New Zealand”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 24, 2013

Yes, there are many excitements in New Zealand, but this is the one that is truly native / Kiwi / Maori.

This is a working village where residents actually live, not just another stage show. Cars going in and out of village, children running around during school holidays. Private residences have blinds drawn.

You will not gain much by walking around on your own. There are a few things to look at, but you may not know what they are, and you definitely would not understand the workings of items or culture, as there are not much signage. Guided tour is a must.

Our tour guide was one of the elders in the village, and provided full explanation on the landscape, items, artefacts, and culture / daily life. E.g How to say the name of this village!

Primary purpose of tourism should be cultural exchange, and this is a truly Maori experience, not just another jump off some place activity (which New Zealand is famous for). This is what this destination is about.

Visited January 2013
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The families of the village have grown accustomed to having visitors walk through their home for over a century and continue today, this is what makes the village unique as the families continue with their daily lives.

Complimentary of your admissions is a guided tour and we do encourage visitors to join a tour, the only barrier is language, but we do have maps that are self-explanatory and are provided in several different languages.

It is great that you had enjoyed the guided tour and the explanations of the daily lifestyle of the village.
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“Not for kids as they find it boring.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 21, 2013 via mobile

Expected active geyser and was confirmed that they have it by the ticketing office as well as the security but apparently it belongs to another site called hell's gate. What we get was only lookout site.
If you are looking for more interaction with the Maori then this place will let you have an understanding on how they lived. Many of the hot pools also dried up. Be prepared of the smell but you can overcome it after a walk. The cultural show was interesting and that is a saver for this trip. Family pack $85

Visited November 2013
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We have two viewing points of the geyser terraces and the other site that has access to the geyser terrace is Te Puia.

Unfortunately with the warmer season approaching that some of the pools are less active and are unavoidable as many of the pools do rely on rain to make the pools active. We do have other pools like our mineral pools that are always active. The sulphur smell can be at times be quite overwhelming.

It is good to know that you had enjoyed the cultural performance.
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Hertfordshire
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“Experience Maori culture”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 20, 2013

Rotorua is the heartland of New Zealand Maori culture and is the ideal place to experience Maori hospitality and learn about the history of the first people to settle in New Zealand.
Whakarewarewa is a fascinating place, a living Maori village located right in the midst of an active geothermal field. It's sole purpose is to preserve Maori arts, crafts and culture. It was not a touristy culture show but very informative and enjoyable.

Visited October 2013
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Rotorua is renowned as the tourist diamond of New Zealand and for many visitors to Rotorua are given the opportunity to experience Maori hospitality as well as the history.

To have the opportunity to experience the Living Maori village and to get to hear and see the stories about communal living without being too commercialised. The families living in the village do have access to amenities like electricity but continue to utilize the natural resources for cooking and bathing.

It is great that you enjoyed the cultural performance.
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“More authentic Maori experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 18, 2013

Whakarewarewa Village tour gave us an insight into Maori culture in a geothermal area without the touristy glitz of some of the other venues in Rotorua. We were guided around the village by a Maori lady whose family lived there. We were introduction to their songs, The Haka & dances. Explanations of the art of tattoo, musical instruments,cooking in the geothermal pools & grass skirt making was great. Lovely nature walks around the hot pools & geyser too.

Visited November 2013
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WMVT, Local Marketing Liaison at Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village, responded to this review, November 19, 2013
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Whakarewarewa is an authentic Maori Living Village, we try to keep that authenticity as genuine, but definitely not a Theme Park, but for our visitors to able to have an opportunity to come see and talk with some of the locals, from being greeted by our front desk staff, guides, shop keepers, performers and children.

Our guides are affiliated either by blood or have some association with the families that live in the village.

After the cultural experience and for visitors who would like to get to see more of the village that we have walking and scenic tracks behind the village that visitors can do at their own leisure.
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“Ka Mau Te Wehi”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 17, 2013

Really enjoyed the entertainment & whole atmosphere, experience, history of Whakarewarewa, reccomend it highly to everyone to check this place out.. Kia Ora...

Visited February 2013
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It is great to know that you had a wonderful experience here at Whakarewarewa. As many visitors have come to for the geothermal activity and then astounded to know that people are living and surrounded in an environment of steam vents and hot springs.

That's what makes the visitor experience authentic.
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