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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  • There were three essential elements of this visit - a guided tour round the village with details about Maori life and culture, for instance the way they use thermal heat to cook; visiting geysers and ...  more »
  • We have lived in NZ for more than a decade but for some strange reason, we have not visited a Maori village. So when we were making an itinerary for our friend who is visiting NZ for the first time. w...  more »
  • We have visited quite some parks and places in NZ, but haven’t had a terrible experience like this so far. The village is poorly maintained, has very limited geothermal activity to see from up close, ...  more »
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  • Really good place to visit!! We enjoyed getting an insight in to the Maori culture and its people through the guided tour and visual performance. Very interesting and thought provoking especially built around the environment its on. Fascinating to see that the tribe lived and built around the geothermal pools, mood pools, river and other places they used to their advantage. Pleased we came to this place instead of the much larger and busier arts and crafts Maori center close by. Highly recommend to see this place and long live this wonderful Maori tribe.
  • Most Unique Village in all of Aotearoa! Nowhere else can you see this, People living amongst the Steam! Our Clients love the fresh Sweet corn cooked in the Boiling Pool the Geyser erupting...kids swimming..and the Wonderfully Informative Guides!😘
  • Absolutely phenomenal! The guides were lovely and it was an excellent touch that they all lived in the village, it made it more personal. Very interesting tour and an amazing performance by some of the tribe members. I'd definitely recommend it.
  • Excellent visit. Fascinating experience. We opted for the guided tour,cultural show and hangi meal. The guide was excellent, very informative and humerous. Pitched his talk at just the right level. The show was good but bench seating a bit uncomfortable. We enjoyed the meal but main course could have been hotter. All staff everywhere were very friendly and helpful.
  • Nice place to visit and learn about the Maori culture. One of their town has the longest name in the world. During our visit they demonstrated how to cook food by usin the hot steam from the earth. They build outdoor bathtubs to collect warm water from the earth.

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