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...

Guided Tauranga Shore Excursion to Rotorua Whakarewarewa and Wai-O-Tapu

Guided Tauranga Shore Excursion to Rotorua Whakarewarewa and Wai-O-Tapu

Ports of Call Tour - Rotorua - Starting from $199.00 per person

Visit Wai-O-Tapu to see why TripAdvisor says it is "One of the 20 Most SURREAL Places in the World" and why it is considered to be New Zealand's most colorful and diverse geothermal sightseeing attraction. You will take a slow amble to see this unique geothermal landscape sculptured out of volcanic activity over thousands of years and take time to view the world famous Lady Knox Geyser which erupts each day at around 10:15am.
After a lunch at the Wai-O-Tapu cafe you will take a short drive... More...

Te Puia Maori Cultural Tour and Steambox Lunch

Te Puia Maori Cultural Tour and Steambox Lunch

Lunch - Rotorua - Starting from $108.00 per person

“How would you like that cooked?” will never sound the same after lunch in Te Whakarewarewa Geothermal Valley. Enjoy a meal cooked over steam vents, an ancient Maori technique that is still used today. As your lunch is being prepared, enjoy a 2.5-hour guided tour of Te Puia, the New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute, to gain insight into the traditional Maori lifestyle. Try your hand at weaving with flax and admire traditional carvings, then adjust your eyes in the Kiwi House to spot the... More...

Rotorua Geysers and Hobbiton experience

Rotorua Geysers and Hobbiton experience

Maori - Hinuera - Starting from $289.00 per person

Join us on this popular small group excursioin to Rotorua 's Scenic Wonderland see bubbling Mud pools and erupting Geysers plus experience a Maori Cultural performance. Then onto Hobbiton the Lord of The Rings movie set location, enjoy a 2 Hour fully guided Tour of the set location then retail therapy in the extensive gift store .Time permitting will also visit a Kiwifruit Orchard for tasting, Okere falls watch river rafting and Mossops Honey centre. More...

Shore Excursion Port Tauranga to Rotorua

Shore Excursion Port Tauranga to Rotorua

Ports of Call Tour - Tauranga - Starting from $1250.00 per person

This tour is ideal for family groups or friends travelling together who may want to do different things in Rotorua or be free to visit other venues such as the famous Waitomo Glow Worm caves.
Maximum vehicle size for groups is 15. Your tour departs from the end of the wharf and you will be dropped of there at the end of the day in plenty of time to board your ship. More...


Aorangi Highland Country RetreatAorangi Highland Country Retreat - Holiday Home.

Aorangi Highland Country Retreat is set in Rotorua and offers a garden and a terrace. The accommodation is 7 km from...

Hobbiton Movie Set and Rotorua's Geothermal Valley Tour departing AucklandHobbiton Movie Set and Rotorua's Geothermal Valley Tour departing Auckland - Movie Tour - Auckland. Starting from $365.00 per person.

Visit the top two destinations in New Zealand in one amazing day trip!
Experience the real Middle-earth in a 2 hour...

 

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