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

Rotorua Highlights w Whakarewarewa Maori Village - Tauranga Shore Excursion

Rotorua Highlights w Whakarewarewa Maori Village - Tauranga Shore Excursion

Ports of Call Tour - Tauranga - Starting from $99.00 per person

The best way to experience top Tauranga destination - Rotorua!

Inc: Admission to  Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village (geothermal)   - see details below "What You Can Expect"

Full commentary on tour. 

Air-conditioned Vehicles.

 

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2 Days Hobbiton, Waitomo and Rotorua-Private Transfers & Tours from Auckland

2 Days Hobbiton, Waitomo and Rotorua-Private Transfers & Tours from Auckland

Multi-day Tour - Auckland - Starting from $500.00 per person

Enjoy the best of the North Island on board your exclusive van with driver on this 2 day Private Transfers and Tours from Auckland (Return). Travel at your own pace and enjoy the benefits:
• Exclusive transfers (Van with luggage compartment)
• Hobbiton Movie Set Tour 
• Waitomo Glowworm Caves Tour
• Te Puia Geothermal day pass
• Sightseeing at Rotorua Government Gardens, Kuirau Park, Rotorua CBD & Shops (souvenir shopping), Blue Lake and the Redwoods (Whakarewarewa... More...

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...

Waitomo Caves and Rotorua Day Trip from Auckland

Waitomo Caves and Rotorua Day Trip from Auckland

Day Tour - Auckland - Starting from $336.00 per person

See all the highlights of the Waitomo Caves and Rotorua in one day. You'll take a guided tour of Waitomo Caves stalactites and glowworms, and see Rotorua's bubbling mud pools and geysers, and make many other interesting stops along the way. You have the option to end your tour in Rotorua or return to Auckland.

Special Offer - Book and travel by 31 October 2018 to save 10% off our previously offered price on the Return to Auckland option! - Book... 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...


Lakeview Holiday HomeLakeview Holiday Home - Holiday Home.

Boasting lake views, Lakeview Holiday Home offers accommodation with a patio and a kettle, around 2.3 km from Rainbow...

Tauranga Shore Excursion: Rotorua Geothermal Geyser Tour and Polynesian Spa Combo Including LunchTauranga Shore Excursion: Rotorua Geothermal Geyser Tour and Polynesian Spa Combo Including Lunch - Ports of Call Tour - Tauranga. Starting from $199.00 per person.

Join us on a luxury journey of discovery with this full-day combo tour from Tauranga. This tour is conducted in a...

 

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