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

10-Day 'Vibe of the North' Epic Summer Tour for 18-30s!

10-Day 'Vibe of the North' Epic Summer Tour for 18-30s!

Multi-day Tour - Waitomo - Starting from $999.00 per person

The photos, the stories, the FOMO! You can’t beat New Zealand’s North Island in summer time!
The ‘Vibe of the North’ is our most popular tour ever, and you’re about to see why! From digging a natural bath at ‘Hot Water Beach’, to doing ‘bombs’ off the rocks into the crystal clear river in Coroglen, even an unbeatable Taranaki vineyard wine tasting overlooking the West Coast of NZ, you’re about to experience a Kiwi summer the way the locals do!
Throw in a visit to Hobbiton,... 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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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...

Shore Excursion Rotorua, Tauranga Mt Maunganui Maori Culture Geysers & Mudpools

Shore Excursion Rotorua, Tauranga Mt Maunganui Maori Culture Geysers & Mudpools

Maori - Te Puke - Starting from $149.00 per person

Sit back and enjoy this tour with a local guide and discover Tauranga, Mount Maunganui and Rotorua. See all the local highlights and visit the stunning Geothermal area at Whakarewarewa Rotorua, immerse yourself in Maori culture and see the stunning Pohutu Geyser and bubbling mud pools plus the magnificent Concert including a Maori challenge and Cultural performance including song and dance plus the rousing " Haka"
Plus much more ....
* Tauranga & Mt Maunganui overview , stunning Beaches... More...

Rotorua and Geothermal Living Maori Village Tour

Rotorua and Geothermal Living Maori Village Tour

Ports of Call Tour - Rotorua - Starting from $145.00 per person

Visit an authentic Living Maori Village deep in the geothermal region of Rotorua on this full-day excursion including a Hangi Lunch. Tour with a local Maori guide and learn about how the villagers have adapted to the harsh geothermal environment. You tour will also include visits to a working kiwi fruit orchard, the Redwood forest, famous Government Gardens and Rotorua Lake. This is a small group tour with a maximum group size of 16 travelers per booking. More...


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Offering a garden and garden view, Rose Apartments Unit 3 Central Rotorua - Accommodation & Spa is located in Rotorua,...

Private Shore Excursion Rotorua Geothermals Pohutu Geyser and MudpoolsPrivate Shore Excursion Rotorua Geothermals Pohutu Geyser and Mudpools - Ports of Call Tour - Rotorua. Starting from $1095.00 per person.

THESE ARE some ideas to enjoy on a Private Tour ..........Enjoy a fun and informative tour with an experienced local...

 

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