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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  • Value for money. Enthusiastic tour guide. Awesome stage performance to wrap it all up. I certainly do not advise going bare-footed (some tourists arrived without shoes and were instructed to put them ...  more »
  • Lovely day ! Awesome staff, performers and guides ! It was informative friendly and a beutiful well kept little village with an awesome guided walk and small Maori performance ;) 
  • Genuine people sharing their (fascinating) history, culture and lives. Well worth a visit. And the setting, in a geothermal hotshot certainly adds to the experience. 
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  • The tour was super interesting. The guides are very proud, and very good. Plenty of stories, plenty of information. Cool stuff to see, cool pictures to take. A good thing to read first what's at the information/ticketing center outside the village (anyway you need the tickets!) Basically a great afternoon well invested.
  • Very interesting people and culture. We were a little disappointed because we thought we could do arts and crafts, but it was just observing locals practicing their craft. The show was really good and the people were enthusiastic--as were the tour guides. I wish there were more interactive elements though.
  • I visited the living Maori village with my family and we had a very informative guide explain about the village and how they use the hot water to cook and bath. We also saw a great traditional Maori haka performance and I got the chance to go onstage and try it out for myself. It was great.
  • Great welcoming performances including the haka, but the village is nothing like I had imagined given the description. There are modern houses, cars and everything here, and it's mainly a small geothermal display park. There's little to no history given about the Maori people on the short guided tour of of the tiny village.
  • It was a good tour. Loved the tour around the village and got good exposure to their culture, history and practices. The cultural show was fantastic and engaging. The guide showed us around, gave us a good insight but due to the size of the group we had little bit trouble keeping up with guide. Finally, we were keen to try the Hangi meal but were turned down twice (hour and half apart) as we didn't book the meal with our tour.