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    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.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Whakarewarewa, Rotorua
    Departure Time
    10/1/2019 - 9/30/2020Monday - Sunday:08:30 AM - 05:00 PM
    Duration
    4h
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    Inclusions
    • Cultural show (11:15/14:00 daily. 12:30 only in summer)
    • Guided tour - 9.00am, 10.00am, 12.00pm, 1.00pm, 2.30pm, 3.00pm, 4.00pm
    • Hangi meal (if option selected. Café open from 11:00-14:00)
    • Entry/Admission - Whakarewarewa, The Living Maori Village
    Exclusions
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Excellent 1/2 day wandering thru the village and walking by the lakes. Guided tour was excellent and all member of the tribe helpful and happy to answer questions.
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    Our tour of the village, very pleasantly conducted by our beautiful Maori guide, Hannah, was absolutely amazing. Learning about the health giving minerals of the hot pool waters and how food is cooked in the steam vents around the village was extremely interesting. The delicious
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    A Maori guide took our group around and showed us historic ovens and old dwellings as well as the meeting hall. They showed how the cooking was done and how some of the clothes were made. There was a look at the ceremony hall and an explanation of "totem" poles and some Maori
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    The thermal features are remarkable as expected. We enjoyed the cultural performance as well. With this being a living Maori village, we had the opportunity to talk with many Maori people and that was a highlight for us. People were open about their lives, their histories and
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    Response from WTVTManagement, Team at Whakarewarewa, The Living Maori Village Guided Tour with Optional Hangi Meal
    Responded 1 week ago
    Kia ora, Kapai (thank you), for taking the time to visit us at Whakarewarewa and for sharing your thoughts with other travellers and Trip Advisor members. As you will be aware, Whakarewarewa Village is an authentic, living (real) village, where people have lived for over 100 years within a challenging environment. Our Guides who live in the village love spending time with our manuhiri (visitors) and try and give everyone an understating of Māori culture, the history of the Valley and the people, and what it is like to live within this unique geothermal environment. It seems like you ticked off all the highlights of what we have to offer at Whakarewarewa, though we would like to clarify the concern you have, by letting you know that The tourism business is owned by a Charitable Trust, with the profits from all aspects of the business, including the entry fee, the café and retail sales, going directly back into the village. The funds are used for maintenance and upkeep of the buildings, and outdoor areas and the overall enhancement of our visitor experience, as well as protecting our unique environment for future generations We also have a number of shops to browse in the village, including those that you have mentioned. Other shops include a pounamu (greenstone – sourced from the South Island) shop with a resident carver, a Ta Moko (tattoo) shop with a resident tattooist, souvenir shops and a Cafe. The Café in the Village, where you can try some kai (food) cooked in the geothermal bubbling pools and steam vents which is well worth trying as it is simply delicious. The focus of the offerings and products in the shops is sourced predominantly locally or New Zealand made. In the interaction area in our admissions building, you can even spend time with our guides learning how to weave flax, (harakeke) into baskets, hats, flowers and other trinkets. The key focus of the Trust is about educating all our visitors about the uniqueness of our home. We appreciate your comments and hope this gives a better understanding of what we have to offer at Whakarewarewa. Nga mihi nui The Whakarewarewa Team
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    My wife and I visited Whakarewarewa earlier this month whilst we were travelling round the North Island of New Zealand. A fantastic guided experience seeing how the people living in and around the thermal geysers go about their daily lives. Would highly recommend a visit.
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    Response from WTVTManagement, Team at Whakarewarewa, The Living Maori Village Guided Tour with Optional Hangi Meal
    Responded 1 week ago
    Kia Ora Thank you for your lovely review of Whakarewarewa – The Living Māori Village and recommending our experience. Being able to visit a living Māori village is a unique experience – one that should definitely be on everyone's to do list in NZ. Ngā mihi Whakarewarewa Team
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