Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village, Rotorua
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Learn about and experience traditional Maori culture at Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village, home to indigenous communities for more than five generations. The geothermal activity of the area made it an attractive place to settle, and today you can see demonstrations of how the natural hot springs are used for bathing and cooking, and even sample some traditional food. Cultural performances, guided tours, and a boat cruise provide dynamic ways to learn more about life in a Maori thermal village. A visit to Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Rotorua tourist route planner to plot your vacation.
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  • Our guide was brilliant, explaining all aspects of the way of life in the village in great detail. This did feel like a place where people actually lived. A must to trip. 
  • One nice tour selected on this site and not the other because Maori still live in this village and our visits are involved to help! Very welcoming and nice! We took the tour and the maori meals! Superb tour, a french document allows you to follow the visit if you do not understand English to 100%! A show of dances including the famous Haka traditional maori has regaled us! souvenir shops have a very nice items! the meal was delicious! Very beautiful moments of sharing. Thank you very much!
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  • This is a MUST see on your visit to New Zealand. Rotorua itself is awesome but the Whakarewarewa is a sight to see. You will get immersed in the Maori culture. 
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  • Great authentic living village of Maori locals. A fantastic spot to see the region's famous geyser Pohutu Geyser - great look outs for this natural wonder if you want to steer clear of other local tourists traps. Self guided walks as well as tour-guided walks and other walking trails. Recommended for 2 hours for your visit! There is price of admission -- you can get a mud-bath and bathing experience, as well as a dining experience too for a full day.
  • An excellent Maori cultural experience. The performance and guided tour through the village were interesting, informative and entertaining. Everybody was so welcoming and the setting is spectacular. Very reasonable admission fee.
  • The tour guide was very knowledgeable and all the shop keepers friendly and helpful as well. Hints: pre-order your boiled corn when purchasing tickets -the bush walks are totally worth going on, especially to see the mud pools! -bring some $1 and $2 coins to throw the penny diving kids, they're freezing their bums off for your entertainment!
  • This was a thoroughly enjoyable way to spend a day and was one of the highlights of my trip to Rotorua. It was a fun and educational experience. I enjoyed seeing all of the geothermal activity and learning more about the history of the area.
  • Tour guide was funny and entertaining, learnt a lot Very cultural, have to try the cafe food cooked in the hangi, delicious!