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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  • Probably one of the best experiences I had in New Zealand. The villagers were so welcoming and friendly. Went into one of the shops on site and I was talking to the owner for ages, could of spoke to.....  more »
  • The visit started with a guided tour which was informal, anecdotal but enthusiastic and interesting. The Maori show was good and wandering around the village was interesting. Definitely worth a visit!  more »
  • There’s thermal hots springs, geysers, local indigenous culture and more. What else could you want? Wow  more »
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  • Love the Maori performance. Very genuine and entertaining. Lots of laugh. And their vocals are amazing. The guided tour of the village is also very educational. Our guide Micheal is also very amusing guy. Highly recommended!
  • Excellent New Zealand experience!! The tour was funny, informative and giving a detailed image of the Maori way of life! The performance was excellent too. We did a nice walk through the geothermal park and had excellent views on the big geysers. Would recommend!
  • Brilliant! Well worth a visit if you are going to be any where near. We had a great host, thanks Chief!! He showed us how the Maori process flax to make their dance skirts (sorry, can't remember what they are called) and made a flax flower for me ?
  • We spent an excellent afternoon wandering through the Maori village at Whakarewarewa, We started our village with a guided tour by one of the residents - who told us lots of stories about the history of the village and the research work that is going on with regards to geothermal energy (unexpected, but really interesting!). The guide even sang some of the traditional Maori songs. We then had a chat with the very friendly cafe/gift shop owner - free cup of coffee too! Later we watched the show - with traditional dancing and singing - very good. We ended the afternoon with a wander around the hot water lakes and mud pools, and saw the large geyser in the distance. A great day out!
  • While I understand the Maori want to keep this an important active native community, I worry about their health and safety living among the geological hot bed. May all the Gods protect them whichever has the will to do so. Thanks for continuing to educate the visitors about your native history and modernization of the culture.

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