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Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village

17 Tryon Street | Whakarewarewa Village, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand
+64 7-349 3463
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Whakarewarewa, The Living Maori Village Guided Tour with Optional Hangi Meal
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In August 2015 Whakarewarewa received recognition as one of the Lonely Planets’ Top 500 Ultimate Travel Destinations, being ranked at #276 in the world. he Living Maori Village is set among the geothermal landscape of the Te Whakarewarewa Valley, a ten minute walk from town. See the Geysers, Bubbling Pools, Mud Pools, and Steam Vents and walk our back tracks with amazing photo opportunities. The Living Maori Village is an authentic and unique attraction where the villagers live, cook and bath in the geothermal waters on a daily basis. The entry fee includes a fully guided tour and Maori Cultural Performance, including the world famous HAKA. Our guides are direct descendants of the guides who guided at the Pink and White Terraces over 170 years ago, this legacy is as important today as it was then.
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
17 Tryon Street | Whakarewarewa Village, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand
+64 7-349 3463
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a lovely friendly guide who had a nice loud voice so was easy to hear. Really enjoyed hearing about specific living conditions such as how they cook and bathe in the thermal pools and personal family stories rather than generic "poi making" etc...More

Thank Anne-Marie M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Awesome experience with both Maori and geothermal information included. Keesh our guide was awesome and seemed to genuinely enjoy her job. The tour was very informative and personal. The Maori cultural show was very entertaining and engaging. Thanks keesh for a great experience I would...More

Thank jhnlinskyz
Reviewed 1 week ago

We did a few Maori cultural experiences while in Rotorua but the Whakarewarewa Living Village was unquestionably the most informative and personable.There was none of the commercial glitz of the other hangis, just a true sharing of culture. Throughout the dances, the performers explained what...More

Thank Rebecca O
Reviewed 1 week ago

We toured the Maori Thermal Village to get a sense of Maori Culture without doing the night show. Tours are available hourly but we did a self-guided tour which is easy with the guide book provided and the numbered stations. It was interesting to see...More

Thank Mike_B52033
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We spent a couple of hours here and it was a great experience. We had a tour and our tour guide was full of knowledge and showed us around the living village. We watched the show with traditional Maori dance and the performance was wonderful!...More

Thank sarmick
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Add this to your list of places to visit at Whakarewarewa! Authentic and historical location. Wonderful, hospitable folks. Kia ora!

Thank dragostesun
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited to get an insight into the history of Maori culture. The show at the start was very entertaining as well as being educational, explaining what the purpose of the famous Haka was, amongst other bits of information given. Tour of the village is conducted...More

Thank Ian S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

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 package and if not that, then the hangi pie is yummy!More

Thank Fiona S
WhakaVillage, General Manager at Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Tēnā koe Fiona, Thanks for your kind words, I'm sorry Mother Nature wasn't behaving herself yesterday, she has her moments, doesn't she?! Glad you took some time to experience our Hangi Pie - these are always a firm favourite. Thanks for coming to visit us,...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

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 join in, fun. After the performance, the guide was right there ready...More

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WhakaVillage, General Manager at Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Kia ora Lily, Thanks for your words, we are rapt you enjoyed the concert (how's your hokey tokey now?) and enjoyed learning about our history. I'll pass your kind comments on to our guiding team, they love the feedback! Thanks for taking the time to...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

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 they don't have a show, so you have to weigh...More

Thank Stephen F
WhakaVillage, General Manager at Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Kia Ora Stephen, Thank you for taking the time to share your views, sorry to hear the mud pools and thermal pools not meeting your expectations, however. Nevertheless, delighted to hear you took in the show (usually a highlight for most people) and as for...More

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11 November 2017|
Response from LilyChak | Reviewed this property |
I'm sure that you can call the village. 64-7-3493463 Or go to their website and contact them.
Karen M
28 July 2017|
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Response from OscarPirate | Reviewed this property |
Hi There are definitely a lot of places that you could access in a wheel chair. However, there are unfortunately some steps down to platforms. Otherwise, the cafe, where they have the cultural show and the shops had ramps... More
Victoria W
11 July 2017|
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Response from AmitChheda | Reviewed this property |
Half day visit is good enough