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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  • We visited the living Maori village as part of a Rotorua highlights excursion brilliantly led by Richard of Hinterland tours. The local guide explained both the Geysers and mud springs in the geotherm...  more »
  • Fascinating & extensive experience, with a traditional Maori welcoming ceremony, Poi ball dancing and of course the famous Haka - superficially intimidating but performed with just a hint of self-depr...  more »
  • Our guide and family live here and she took us all round the area with her local knowledge so interesting that time flew. Lake Tarawera boat trip skippered by her husband took us to see where the ance...  more »
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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!