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Whakarewarewa

Whakarewarewa

17 Tryon St, Whakarewarewa, Rotorua , 3010

The Basics

Whakarewarewa is a portal to the histories and traditions of the indigenous Tuhourangi-Ngati Wahiao people. Tour this faithfully preserved village, learning about the tribe and their stories from guides with deep connections to the land. Begin or end your tour with a cultural performance (kapa haka), which invites you to get involved and learn the language through songs and chants.

You can discover the valley’s geothermal lakes and native forest through scenic nature trails, and children can learn about geysers at the Te Matapuna o Papatuanuku earth science facility. Or, purchase a hangi meal traditionally cooked in geothermal vents.

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Shore Excursion: Geothermal Rotorua with Maori Cultural Performance at Whakarewarewa
Shore Excursion: Geothermal Rotorua with Maori Cultural Performance at Whakarewarewa
$110.55 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Thermal ponds
Our tour guides name was Chief, he was Awesome, his commentary was fabulous. The Maori show highly recommend. I would highly recommend visiting.
Coastal63003201103, May 2019

Recent reviews from experiences in Rotorua

star-5
Scenic and Relaxing Day to experience
Mark_D, May 2021
Waimangu Volcanic Valley Tour Option to add Hobbiton Wai-O-Tapu or Whakarewarewa
Thanks Neil for an amazing day showing us around Rotorua. Hobbiton movie set and Waimangu Valley was just magic. Looking forward to coming back and trying your other tours on offer.
star-4
Hot Springs and Geysers
Sandave60, Oct 2019
Tauranga Shore Excursion: Rotorua Geothermals at Whakarewarewa Maori Village
Unfortunately the trip was not available on arrival due to lack of bookings. We were asked to join a similar trip which did not include the Maori Village experience. However the trip overall was very well commentated and we saw a fantastic display of geo thermal activity beyond our expectations.
star-5
An unusual experience visiting the...
Margaret F, Feb 2018
Shore Excursion: Geothermal Rotorua with Maori Cultural Performance at Whakarewarewa
An unusual experience visiting the active Maori village with its geothermal vents. An excellent day excursion.
star-4
Roger tried to squeeze in as many...
James W, Jan 2017
Shore Excursion: Geothermal Rotorua with Maori Cultural Performance at Whakarewarewa
Roger tried to squeeze in as many stops as he could before the main attraction--Geothermal Rotorua. The geothermal site provide guides who escorted us through the park and provide brief explanations. You're close to the geyser and mud pool so the view is good. The Maori performance was 30 minutes. Our ship had a change in schedule and we had to contact the company. He was very responsive.
star-5
I would like to thank our tour...
evansmaxine, Jan 2017
Tauranga Shore Excursion: Rotorua Geothermals at Whakarewarewa Maori Village
I would like to thank our tour guide. He was brilliant. I did a ships tour a few years ago and there is no comparison. Well done Viator for engaging these thoroughly generous with their time and knowledgeable tour guides.
star-5
Excellent tour, very enjoyable and...
Pauline B, Dec 2016
Shore Excursion: Geothermal Rotorua with Maori Cultural Performance at Whakarewarewa
Excellent tour, very enjoyable and informative. Driver did everything to make our visit really special and went out of his way to show us the things we wanted to see.
star-4
The tour was good in that it gave...
Boyd, Nov 2016
Shore Excursion: Geothermal Rotorua with Maori Cultural Performance at Whakarewarewa
The tour was good in that it gave insight to the Maori culture. It was amazing to see all the geothermal activity in the area. The bigger geyser didn't want to cooperate during the time we were in the village, maybe next time. The tour was as described. The tour guide met us on time. The only reason I didn't rate 5 stars, is because I had seen the haka done by a different group which performed it in a more intense manner. Overall, though, I enjoyed the excursion.
star-4
This trip was outstanding. Our guide...
Mary Jo B, May 2017
Tauranga Shore Excursion: Rotorua Geothermals at Whakarewarewa Maori Village
This trip was outstanding. Our guide was very knowledgeable and took all the time needed so that everyone in our small group experienced everything on the tour. The only downer was another large group of tourists at the Whakarewarewa show who disregarded all instructions to stay out of the middle aisle and to take any pictures from the side aisles so that views would not be impeded. Our guide even offered to take us to see the beekeepers, when we finished the tour with some time to spare, but all of us were tired so we declined his offer.
star-4
Excellent shore tour for our one day...
nyaworski, Feb 2017
Shore Excursion: Geothermal Rotorua with Maori Cultural Performance at Whakarewarewa
Excellent shore tour for our one day stop in Tauranga. It is always a must-do when traveling to learn about the native people's culture and customs and about the flaura and fauna. Thoroughly enjoyed the Maori-led visit of Whakarewarewa where we learned how the 25 families still live there, how they cook their food and bath in the thermal hot springs. The Maori performance is not to be missed. Also enjoyed the kiwi tour and tastings and the drive and tour around Tauranga and into the country side. Appreciated Viator's adjusting the day of this tour when our ship was held up by high seas.
star-5
Excellent tour. One of the most...
Ian S, Oct 2017
Shore Excursion: Geothermal Rotorua with Maori Cultural Performance at Whakarewarewa
Excellent tour. One of the most interesting tours of the entire trip.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Living Maori Village is an essential stop for travelers interested in the Maori people’s history and culture, and New Zealand’s wild natural landscapes.

  • To save time at entry, buy advance tickets online.

  • Pack comfy shoes and water if exploring the village’s bush walks.

  • The resident ta moko artist can create a personalized tattoo design for you—and even tattoo it onto your skin—as a unique souvenir.

  • Whakarewarewa is wheelchair accessible and welcomes support animals. Staff can help with accessibility issues.

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How to Get There

From Rotorua’s city center, bus 11 runs every 30 minutes from Arawa Street bus terminal to the Fenton Street stop, which is a short walk to the village. Alternatively, take the CitySights Bus, which stops in front of the village on Tryon Street. The bus leaves from the i-SITE Information Centre on Fenton Street every two hours until mid-afternoon. If you’re driving, there’s also plenty of space to park.

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When to Get There

Whakarewarewa is open daily, except Christmas Day. Cultural performances are held in the early morning and late afternoon; hangi meals are served in the village cafe at lunchtime. Visit in the midafternoon to avoid crowds. Spring and summer are ideal for outdoor attractions.

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Marae Life

A central part of Maori social and spiritual life, the marae is a temple or gathering place where tribes*(iwi)* celebrate, mourn, and discuss the well-being of their communities. If traveling in a large group, experience marae life firsthand with an overnight stay tailored to your group. Hear local legends, discover customs, and learn to weave flax leaves.

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