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

Shore Excursion: Rotorua Including Te Puia and Agrodome from Tauranga

Shore Excursion: Rotorua Including Te Puia and Agrodome from Tauranga

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

Enjoy unique Kiwi experiences on this small group tour to the geothermal heartland of New Zealand - Rotorua. Visit the Agrodome and see the famous Farm Show. Visit Te Puia to see Pohutu Geyser, pools of bubbling mud, a Maori concert including the haka, artisans at work with flax and wood, the kiwi bird and take a look at some iconic Rotorua scenery. View kiwifruit hanging on the vines as you pass through Te Puke - the home of New Zealand's kiwifruit industry. More...

Tauranga Shore Excursion: Rotorua Geothermal Geyser Tour and Polynesian Spa Combo Including Lunch

Tauranga Shore Excursion: Rotorua Geothermal Geyser Tour and Polynesian Spa Combo Including Lunch

Ports of Call Tour - Tauranga - Starting from $190.00 per person

Join us on a journey of discovery and luxury with this full-day combo tour from Tauranga. This tour is conducted in a small group mini van/bus 2016/17 vehicle with full UV protection tinted glass and dual air conditioning.

Experience geysers, mud pools and steam vents with Maori culture! Not to forget the infamous Haka War dance. This is performed by one of Rotorua's leading Maori cultural performance groups. Encounter a strange landscape of sights, sounds and smells. Marvel at... More...


Tauranga Shore Excursion: Te Puia and Skyline Rotorua Visit from Tauranga

Tauranga Shore Excursion: Te Puia and Skyline Rotorua Visit from Tauranga

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

While you’re in port in Tauranga, explore Maori culture and discover the best of the Bay of Plenty on this family-friendly 8-hour Te Puia tour with Skyline Rotorua visit. Spin past pretty Kiwifruit orchards to Te Puia with a guide and visit the Maori Arts and Crafts Institute. Explore the geothermal Whakarewarewa Valley, home to the famous Pohutu geyser. Afterward, finish your tour with a visit to the zip lines and luge runs of Skyline Rotorua. This tour includes pickup and drop-off at the port... 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...

Shore Excursion: Te Puia and Rainbow Springs from Tauranga

Shore Excursion: Te Puia and Rainbow Springs from Tauranga

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

See the creatures that make New Zealand their home and experience the thrill of the Big Splash water flume ride on this educational and fun-packed small-group tour. Visit Te Puia to see Pohutu Geyser and pools of bubbling mud, be treated to a Maori concert including the haka, see artisans at work with flax and wood and drive past kiwifruit orchards and see fruit hanging on the vine. More...


Rock Solid Backpackers RotoruaRock Solid Backpackers Rotorua - Hostel.

The centrally located Rock Solid Backpackers Rotorua offers free high-speed WiFi and a spacious guest lounge with a...

Full-Day Waitomo and Rotorua Tour from AucklandFull-Day Waitomo and Rotorua Tour from Auckland - Day Tour - Auckland. Starting from $335.00 per person.

Explore the top attractions of New Zealand’s Waikato region on this full-day Waitomo and Rotorua tour from Auckland....

 

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