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Whakarewarewa, The Living Maori Village Guided Tour with Optional Hangi Meal

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  • Guided tour and cultural show at Whakarewarewa, the Living Maori Village, Rotorua
  • Learn about the village's ancient cultural traditions and history from a local guide
  • Visit important buildings including the ancestral meeting house
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Whakarewarewa, The Living Maori Village Guided Tour with Optional Hangi Meal
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General entry. Includes guided tour and cultural show
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Guided tour, cultural show and Hangi meal
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Overview
Enjoy a cultural tour at Whakarewarewa, a living Maori village in Rotorua, where you’re treated to a performance of traditional dance and song. A local guide shares stories of Maori history, customs and craft traditions before walking you past the geothermal wonders of Pohutu and Prince of Wales geysers. Opt to include a ‘hangi’ meal of chicken, beef, sweet potato and dessert cooked the traditional way — in boiling hot pools and steam vents.
What to Expect
Make your way to Whakarewarewa, a living Maori village in the heart of Rotorua. Start with a 1-hour guided tour of the grounds. You’ll learn about Maori wood-carving and other traditions as you visit on-site homes, artisan workshops, a communal garden, cemetery, ancestral meeting house and more. Discover how skilled weavers make the piupiu (dancing skirt) and hear the meaning behind moko (tattoos). 

Then follow your guide to two viewing platforms to see Pohutu Geyser and Prince of Wales Geyser in action as they erupt daily with spray that reaches up to 100 feet (30 meters) high. 

Next, enjoy a 30-minute cultural performance, which features a mihi (traditional welcome), song, poi dance and haka (war dance).

Upgrade to include a hangi feast prepared in Whakarewarewa’s traditional fashion — steamed over natural vents and cooked in hot pools rather than with heated stones in a dugout pit. Enjoy a complete lunch of chicken, beef, potato, kumara (sweet potato), bread stuffing, carrots, cabbage and sweet corn on the cob with gravy. For dessert, savor steam pudding accompanied by fruit salad, custard and cream. Drinking water, tea and coffee are also provided.

After the scheduled activities, you are free to explore the village on your own.
Reviews (42)
1 - 5 of 10 reviews
Reviewed 20 September 2018
A must do in Rotorua

We did a tour of the Waitangi Treaty Grounds which was really great but we learned a whole lot more of Maori culture & history from our really AWESOME guide Kiesha. She was full of interesting and relevant information without going over the top and...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank Christine C
Reviewed 7 July 2018
A worthwhile authentic experience

This tour was a smaller one than others, but worthwhile because it was authentic. It was quite reasonably priced. A great cultural show of singing,dancing, Haka etc. show and guided tour by people living in the village. Be prepared to do quite a bit of...More

Date of experience: July 2018
4  Thank Bulav
Reviewed 29 June 2018
Culture and Food

It's not just entertainment, its ceremony, culture, history and food. Child friendly with wonderful insights to Maori culture

Date of experience: February 2018
1  Thank WendyBail
Reviewed 10 April 2018
Great experience

We were going to explore the village on our own but arrived in time for a tour to start. The tour was amazing, and we learned a lot about the Maori culture. To see it still being part of their daily life, like the cooking...More

Date of experience: March 2018
7  Thank uncoco
Reviewed 2 April 2018
glad to have chosen this Maori experience. personal and informative

interesting and personal. hikes around the village as well as the food prepared using only the thermals was good

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank cheryl j
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