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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  • The cultural show was top notch! Though the weather was terrible when we visited, we still spent hours there having a look. The villagers are lovely and hospitable. I highly recommend the hangi packag...  more »
  • We enjoyed the culture performance at 2pm. The 30 minutes was enjoyable and informative. The team share history and information of their tribe. Before the end of the performance, everyone stand up and...  more »
  • The village was lovely, as were the people and the show was awesome (including the haka), but the mud pools and thermal pools were disappointing compared to others. Hells Gate is better for that, but ...  more »
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  • The geothermal pools, geyser, and surroundings are incredible. Seeing the ways that people use the hot water and ground is very interesting. The Maori part of the tour seemed forced and exploitative, I couldn't tell if some of the performers were proud of their heritage or just performing because they need the paycheck. Expensive, but unique. Some of the other Maori experiences have been reported as better. As with many things like this, they've taken a natural wonder and used the opportunity to sell knick knacks.
  • A once in a lifetime experience, that is a must-do if you want to learn more about the Maori culture. It can be a very confronting experience when you're watching the presentation, but truly amazing to witness the customs and traditions in such a way. A bonus was to be able to see some of the glow-worms that are so famous in NZ. Also, the spring that provides this village with fresh water is a sight to behold. It's really cool to see the crystal clear water flowing upward into the spring... I've never seen anything like it before.
  • Great place to see the original Rotorua. Touristy, but with a bit of an edge of being human. Has a view of the nearby geyser, and some amazing thermal pools. A lot of history here, but definately showing its age. Very New Zealand.
  • Really enjoyed the tour and information, the thermal pools and how they still actively use them for cooking and bathing are amazing. The cultural show was good and even got the audience involved not something I usually enjoy but did with this one. Great people worth spending some time on a visit.
  • Worth every dollar !!! Is as beautiful as Wai O Tapu but with a tour, a show and all the culture. I will recommend it 100%

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