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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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$125.51*
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Tauranga Shore Excursion: Rotorua Geothermal Geyser Tour and Polynesian Spa...
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Ranked #7 of 113 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, Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed January 14, 2014

It was a spontaneous decision to visit Whakarewarewa but we didn't regret it. We participated in a very interesting guided tour and learnt a lot about the village, where people are really living, the culture of the Maori and how the Maori people are using the thermal activities in the village to cook, bath and heal.
After the tour we had time to get a look in the different houses and shops of the village. After that we visited the cultural show in which people of the village danced and sang in Maori-style. This was very impressive.
A bonus of the village are the two geysers near the village that you can look at from a plattform.

Thank Marigold1205
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WMVT, Manager at Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village, responded to this reviewResponded March 11, 2014

Kia Ora,

Thank you for your great feedback, I am glad you made your spontaneous decision to come and visit us here at Whakarewarewa. Glad we were able to share with you some of our culture and history with you. Indeed the geysers are a great bonus and happy you got to see them erupting.

We wish you a safe journey.

Ma te wa,

Whakarewarewa Whanau

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Reviewed January 13, 2014

Six of us coming off a cruise ship took a day tour with learning journeys, which gave us the advantage of a experienced local guide taking us not only to whakarewarewa village, a most fascinating insight into maori culture, but also the kiwi 360 farm and the bush walk to the river rafters.The knowledge and flexibility which was given to us was superb highly recommend to go through leaning journeys for a no rush fun packed tour, had to take the 'te puke ' hotel photo. Tauranga beach and township is a most beautiful place we will be back

Thank stuart w
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WMVT, Manager at Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village, responded to this reviewResponded March 11, 2014

Hi there,

I am pleased that you enjoyed your visit to us her at the village, our wonderful cruise ship operators definitely know there stuff and I am glad you had a wonderful time with them.

Ma te wa,

Whakarewarewa Whanau

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Reviewed January 11, 2014

Visited Rotorua on a package trip from the Cruise ship. The Maori Village was fascinating with their use of the natural resources of the hot pools and geysers. Especially taken with the link to the Commonwealth and the contribution to the First and Second World Wars. As a Welsh rugby follower the Haka was particularly splendid especially with a description and explanation of the roots to this famous greeting.
Even the sulphur smell won't put you off.

Thank Fhil520
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WMVT, Manager at Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village, responded to this reviewResponded March 11, 2014

Kia Ora Fhil520,

Thank you for your terrific feedback, I am glad you enjoyed your time with us and enjoyed our performance of the haka. Happy that the sulphur smell did not put you off, you learn to adjust to the smell when you live among it :)

Hope to see you again.

Ma te wa,

Whakarewarewa Whanau

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Reviewed January 9, 2014

We were not interested in attending a Hangi and very pleased with our decision to go to Whaka as it is referred to for non natives since pronunciation of actual name is quite difficult. This tour explained the history of the natives conducted by a very impressive guide. You walk through a living village where day to day life of the Maori people is explained from the first settlers up until the present,see thermal activity, first hand view of meal preparation as it was and still is prepared today. Several dignitaries such as Eleanor Roosevelt visited this village so that in itself should impress upon visitors the incredible experience of the tour. There are shops where you can purchase inexpensive souvenirs to more pricey native art, jewelry, etc.The reasonably price tour also includes a performance of traditional dance handed down by their ancestors. There is also a restaurant where you can purchase food prepared underground again handed down by ancestors.
It was interesting and entertaining and I highly recommend it as being an authentic explanation of the Maori people without all the fanfare of a Hangi which to me sounded more like a Luau.

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WMVT, Manager at Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village, responded to this reviewResponded March 11, 2014

Kia Ora to you from Whaka,

I am please you enjoyed your experience with us here at Whakarewarewa, Great to here that the tour gave you a glimpse into the life of our people.

We hope to see you again sometime.

Ma te wa,

Whakarewarewa Whanau

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Reviewed January 7, 2014

We felt we got our money's worth here seeing a real working Maori village and how they use the geothermal heating to cook and bathe etc. The performance was brief (30 min), but gave us the cultural experience we were after. We chose this place during the day, as we did not want to go for a whole hangi.

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WMVT, Manager at Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village, responded to this reviewResponded March 11, 2014

Kia Ora,

Glad to here you got your money's worth while visiting us here at Whakarewarewa. I am pleased we were able to share with you a little bit of our Culture and Heritage as well as share with you our song and dance.

Ma te wa,

Whakarewarewa Whanau

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