Whakarewarewa Geothermal Area - Whakarewarewa Rotorua New Zealand. Maori village, geyers, hot pools and mud pools. Pohutu Geyser.
Hot pools at Whakarewarewa, Rotorua

Whakarewarewa

Incorporating the magnificence of the geothermal landscape and the unique experience of a traditional Maori village, Whakarewarewa is a place of natural wonder and spiritual significance. 500 hot springs and 65 geyser vents are set among the distinctly colourful sinter terraces and pools that make up Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley. Only three kilometres from Rotorua, it is an extremely popular tourism destination.


Hot springs at Whakarewarewa, Rotorua

Pohutu Geyser

Whakarewarewa is home of the largest geyser in New Zealand: the mighty Pohutu Geyser erupts up to 15 times a day and shoots hot water around 30 meters (100 feet) skywards. Pohutu means "big splash" or "explosion". Each geyser in the Whakarewarewa area has its own name.

This spectacular display of nature's power was put under threat as its geothermal resource was tapped into for domestic and commercial heating. Fortunately for Pohutu and for the thousands of tourists both national and international who come to see it every year, the local government closed these drains in the late 1980's and today Pohutu and its fellow geysers are well on the way to their original majesty.


Te Puia

Whakarewarewa is known as the Living Thermal Village. Maori have lived at this site for 700 years, and today it is home to the New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute, the guardian-place of Maori arts, crafts and culture.

At the heart of Whakarewarewa is the Pa, a Maori village where you may roam among the whares (traditional carved houses) and marvel at how the indigenous peoples of New Zealand lived not so very long ago. Daily guided tours provide a glimpse into how the Maori of this region lived in harmony with the abundantly resourceful geothermal environment.


Maori performance at Whakarewarewa, Rotorua

The Whakarewarewa Experience

Be entertained and awed by the traditional Maori cultural performances incorporating melodious voice, stimulating movement and respect of the land and their ancestors. Truly moving and divinely unique, the Whakarewarewa experience is not to be missed.

Having had your fill of the sights, the sounds and the aromas, relax at the cafe and enjoy corn on the cob cooked fresh in the steaming waters of the hot springs or try a traditional Hangi meal, cooked in a pit of hot stones and layers of flax and earth. What could be closer to an authentic Maori experience!



See a complete list of Whakarewarewa activities.

This week's featured activities in Whakarewarewa are:

Featured Activities

Tauranga Shore Excursion: Rotorua Highlights

Tauranga Shore Excursion: Rotorua Highlights

Ports of Call Tour - Tauranga - Starting from $149.00 per person

Take in the highlights of New Zealand's most beautiful city, Rotorua, when your cruise ship docks in Tauranga. Receive a traditional welcome at Whakarewarewa, New Zealand’s only authentic living Maori village, and explore the Rotorua region, where otherworldly geysers, lunar landscapes, scenic countryside and Maori culture come together. More...

Tauranga Shore Excursion: Te Puia Maori Cultural Centre and Rotorua City Sightseeing

Tauranga Shore Excursion: Te Puia Maori Cultural Centre and Rotorua City Sightseeing

Ports of Call Tour - Tauranga - Starting from $156.00 per person

When your cruise ship docks in Tauranga, gain insights into New Zealand's rich Maori culture and amazing geothermal hot springs on a shore excursion to Rotorua. Travel through the North Island’s spectacular countryside of rolling farmland and forest, and discover Rotorua's natural thermal phenomena of Geyers and boiling mud. Your shore excursion also takes you to Te Puia Maori Cultural Centre to watch a fascinating cultural display. More...

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

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

Attraction - Rotorua - Starting from $35.00 per person

Enjoy an authentic Maori cultural experience at Whakarewarewa, The Living Maori Village set in the geothermal region of Rotorua. A local guide takes you on a tour of the village’s highlights and shares stories about the way of life, history, craft traditions and land, including the famous Pohutu and Prince of Wales geysers. Watch a cultural show with traditional dance and song then have time afterward to explore on your own. For a real treat, opt to include a ‘hangi’ meal of traditional foods... More...

Geothermal Highlights Tour to WaioTapu and the Maori Geothermal village -Rotorua

Geothermal Highlights Tour to WaioTapu and the Maori Geothermal village -Rotorua

Maori - Tauranga - Starting from $195.00 per person

Geothermal Highlights Tour
If you have been to Rotorua before, or have seen geysers in Yellowstone or Iceland and want something slightly different, then this is a tour worth considering.
Wai-o-Tapu (meaning Sacred Waters) is very different to all the other geothermal fields in New Zealand. Dissolved minerals have created spectacularly coloured pools and long silica terraces.
Whakarewrewa Maori Geothermal Village This little village is unique in the World. The ancestors of the families... More...

Private Tour : Hobbiton & Rotorua with Cultural Experience from Tauranga

Private Tour : Hobbiton & Rotorua with Cultural Experience from Tauranga

Maori - Hinuera - Starting from $235.00 per person

This tour is your day. We facilitate things to make sure that you arrive on time for your activities. Providing luxury transport in our 6 seater van or for larger groups our custom build 19 Seater Coach. Your comfort and your wishes for the day as we do everything we can to provide you with the best possible service and experience in the Bay of Plenty. More...


Cosy Cottage Thermal Holiday ParkCosy Cottage Thermal Holiday Park - Holiday Park.

Cosy Cottage Thermal Holiday Park is located in the heart of Rotorua in the Bay of Plenty Region. Guests enjoy free...

Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, Te Puia, Geysers, Kiwis: Rotorua Small-GroupWai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, Te Puia, Geysers, Kiwis: Rotorua Small-Group - Thermal Spa & Hot Springs - Rotorua. Starting from $180.00 per person.

Combine two of Rotorua's most popular attractions on this full-day small group tour from Rotorua.

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