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

Full-Day Waitomo and Rotorua Tour from Auckland

Full-Day Waitomo and Rotorua Tour from Auckland

Day Tour - Auckland - Starting from $357.00 per person

Explore the top attractions of New Zealand’s Waikato region on this full-day Waitomo and Rotorua tour from Auckland. Travel through King’s Country to the magical Waitomo Caves with a guide, and discover millions of bright glowworms in the subterranean caverns. After lunch, explore Rotorua’s geothermal geysers and mud pools, then catch a traditional Maori performance. Experience life on a working farm or upgrade your tour to take the Skyline Gondola over Rotorua, or for a little pampering at a... More...

Waimangu Volcanic Valley with Option to add Wai-O-Tapu, Hobbiton or Whakarewarea

Waimangu Volcanic Valley with Option to add Wai-O-Tapu, Hobbiton or Whakarewarea

Attraction - Rotorua - Starting from $82.00 per person

Experience a half or full-day tour from Rotorua to the Geothermal wonders that the region is famous for. Your options include half or full-day tours to Waimangu Volcanic Valley. You may also like to add on a Hobbiton Movie Set, Huka Falls, Wai-O-Tapu or Whakarewarewa Living Maori Village Tour in the afternoon.

All tours include transport which is fully commentated by one of our legendary BALL team Driver-Guides.

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Rotorua Lakes Stand-Up Paddle (SUP) Scenic Tour

Rotorua Lakes Stand-Up Paddle (SUP) Scenic Tour

Stand Up Paddleboarding - Rotorua - Starting from $90.00 per person

Escape, Explore and Enjoy the Rotorua Lakes scenery with views only available by water on a 2.5-hour stand-up paddle board scenic tour. Feel the freedom paddle boarding offers as you escape the city and explore the natural lake environs. Expert, friendly and professional local guides make this paddle board tour the perfect holiday activity.

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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...

Private Tour: Rotorua and Waitomo Caves Day Trip from Auckland

Private Tour: Rotorua and Waitomo Caves Day Trip from Auckland

Private Tour - Auckland - Starting from $715.00 per person

Enjoy a day trip from Auckland to Rotorua with the opportunity to explore the Waitomo Glowworm Caves. Your chauffeur will pick you up from your desired place in Auckland city, and then get ready to enjoy the amazing Rotorua!
Rotorua is New Zealand's ultimate holiday destination for locals and overseas visitors. The Waitomo Caves, one of the North Island's most popular attractions. With beautiful caverns and brightly lit glowworms, this sightseeing experience will be one you won't ever... More...


Rainbow Trout LodgeRainbow Trout Lodge - Holiday Home.

Located in Rotoiti in the Bay of Plenty region, Rainbow Trout Lodge features a patio and lake views. The...

Shore Excursion: Rotorua City Hop-On Hop-Off Tour from TaurangaShore Excursion: Rotorua City Hop-On Hop-Off Tour from Tauranga - Ports of Call Tour - Tauranga. Starting from $99.00 per person.

Discover the amazing city of Rotorua at your own pace on the Hop-On Hop-Off Explorer Bus.

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