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Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village
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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: Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access
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“fascinating”
Reviewed June 20, 2014

probably the coolest town I've ever been to. a fascinating insight into the daily lives of the maori tribe who have adapted to living in this geothermal region over hundreds of years and utilise it to live self sufficiently. the people there really keep maori traditions alive and everyone we met there were extremely nice and helpful

Visited June 2014
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WTVT, Guest Relations Manager at Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village, responded to this review, July 23, 2014
Kia Ora Cousinbenson
We would certainly agree with you that we have something unique here at Whakarewarewa – The Living Maori Village. It is a challenging environment within which the villagers live, cook and bathe on a daily basis.
The geothermal nature of the valley with its Geysers, Mud Pools and Bubbling Pools make this an amazing place, which our Guides and Cultural Performers try to assist our manuhiri (visitors) in getting a better understanding of.
I will hand on your feedback to all our staff, Guides and Cultural Performers, who made your experience an enjoyable one.
Ma te wa
Whakarewarewa Whanau
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“Great insight to Maori culture”
Reviewed June 20, 2014

This village was our first experience of Maori culture and also of the thermal activity that makes this area unique. It really is a strange experience to see the steam suddenly explode out of the ground. The village is interesting but unfortunately we were there on a really miserable day and rather rushed round. The dance and music show was very good and I enjoyed having a go with the poi - much harder than it looks!

I was disappointed not to be able to taste the corn on the cob cooked underground as this is only available at certain times of the day.

Worth a visit, especially when you get a good deal through bookme.co.nz.

Visited April 2014
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WTVT, Guest Relations Manager at Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village, responded to this review, July 24, 2014
Tenakoe ClaireT
Great to get your feedback, but sorry to hear that the weather was miserable.
On days like that though the geothermal steam and geyser show certainly puts on an amazing display
Also sounds like you had a good time at the Cultural Show, and that you tried the poi. I agree it certainly is a lot more difficult than it looks.
Travel safely, and we hope to see you back here in the future.
ma te wa,
Whakarewarewa Whanau
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“Great tour and view into the Maori culture”
Reviewed June 20, 2014

This tour was probably the most interesting one I went on while on vacation. It was so cool to see these aboriginals living content lives in this village filled with thermal pools and living off the land! I was amazed at how they were so happy without all the modern technologies. They even cook with the thermal geysers! I was surprised at just how much it smelt of sulfur, but that's only because I never went to a place like this before, and I got used to it after a while. It was so cool to watch the geysers burst, I couldn't believe how hot the springs were.

All of the villagers were super friendly and so happy to share their lives and culture with us.

Visited July 2013
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WTVT, Manager at Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village, responded to this review, July 24, 2014
Kia Ora Toni-ann C
It was great to hear you had an interesting and enjoyable time while visiting the village,
The sulphur smell is something you get used to, as is the daily life the villagers have in using the geothermal pools and steam vents to cook the food.
We also believe the Living Maori Village is unique, so again, thank-you for taking the time to visit us.
Nga mihi nui
Whakarewarewa Whanau
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“Really great experience.”
Reviewed June 16, 2014

So cool, the local villagers are whipping up their kai in the underground pools and thermal vents. Still inhabited and one of the family members guides you through. Such a realistic atmosphere. We had a tour, watched and learned how to make the little flax strings for a maori skirt- pio pio is it?? was excellent. kids loved it.

Visited July 2013
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WTVT, CEO at Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village, responded to this review, July 23, 2014
Kia Ora Matakana Whanau
Appreciate you taking the time to place the amazing feedback!
We certainly believe we have something special with the people living, cooking and bathing in the geothermal wonders on a daily basis.
Hope to see you and the whanau back soon.
Nga mihi nui
Whakarewarewa Whanau
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“Genuine Maori Culture Experience”
Reviewed June 16, 2014

The most interesting thing about this village is that people actually live here and have for a very long time, it is not just a show for tourists. Built in a area of thermal activity you see steam rising from cracks in the ground, mud pools bubbling away and boiling hot water pools used to cook, wash clothes and bath in (seperate pools of course). The cutural show is very interactive and fun, the singing and dancing are an experience to remember. Friendly, knowledgable guides include information on history of the village, the local area, and the people. Some interesting stories. This was my second visit and I will go back again one day.

Visited June 2014
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WTVT, Manager at Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village, responded to this review, July 24, 2014
Kia ora Sheryl A
Thank-you for coming back again, we enjoy interacting with our manuhiri (visitors), and showing off our uniqueness while living among the Bubbling Pools, Steam vents and Mud Pools.
Through our guides telling the stories on the guided tour and the Cultural party through song and dance, we hope that in some small way it helps in educating people as to the Maori Culture and the ways of our people..
We would love to have you visit again in the future.
Nga mihi nui
Whakarewarewa Whanau
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