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. Plan to see Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village and other attractions that appeal to you using our Rotorua online itinerary planner .
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  • Very info if you choose to go with a guide. Sweetcorn add on is well recommended, by far the best I've ever had! Great walks, show and experience!  more »
  • A lovely early evening experience. The bus driver was effective and entertaining from the moment all were on board. Well thought out and organised event. We were entertained and educated. Great meal a...  more »
  • Te puia beautiful thermal park with a performance where you can register by maori dance. Very good performance. Well worth a visit to view everything. Very impressive.
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  • The place is incredible, blessed with natural scenic views. The geothermal geysers, pools are worth a visit. The guides are friendly, fun to be with. The cultural performances are good, kept short and crisp. The entire experience is good but definitely overpriced. I had been there with a friend of mine and we liked being there but we were expecting an authentic cultural feel, but it certainly felt commercialised. The 4star rating is for a unique natural experience the place offers. Cheers!
  • Definitely worth going. The guides all live in the village and each has their own view on it. We didnt necessarily take a tour with a specific guide, more of a go see and listen to a guide is interested in something specific. They also show you how you can cook stuff in the geothermal waters. We had some corn and it was great.
  • We had an amazing experience here, with geothermal springs, mud pools, but above all this is an authentic village where people live, and our guide ("Girly") was fantastic in her description of the Maori culture and traditions. 10/10, the highlight of our NZ trip. Oh and the hanggi pie from the cafe is delicious.
  • Expensive for what it is. Even if you take the tour, $40 is just not worth it (same price as agrodome which, in my view, is fare better value!) Pretty poor view of the geyser too - if that's all you really want it's better to go to the next door place where you see it from the other side.
  • A wonderful experience in New-Zealand. Learn more about the Maori culture thanks to the great guides. And dont forget to have a hangi Pie before leaving the village.

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