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

Te Puia Maori Arts and Crafts Institute with Optional Cultural Performance

Te Puia Maori Arts and Crafts Institute with Optional Cultural Performance

Attraction - Rotorua - Starting from $54.00 per person

Experience the culture and history of Te Puia, the New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute. Set in a stunning geothermal location with steaming vents, boiling mud pools and spectacular geysers, Te Puia celebrates New Zealand’s Maori traditions. See a native kiwi bird, watch world-famous Pohutu Geyser vent plumes of steam and see the traditional skills of woodcarving and weaving. Upgrade to include the Te Puia cultural performance to watch the warlike haka dance and skilful stick game, and... More...

Discover Rotorua Morning City Tour

Discover Rotorua Morning City Tour

Half-day Coach Tour - Rotorua - Starting from $162.00 per person

Discover Rotorua's leading attractions on this five-hour morning tour. Highlights include the bubbling mud pools and steaming geysers at the Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve, carving and weaving demonstrations at the Maori Arts and Crafts Institute, Rainbow Springs and a hands on farming experience at the Agrodome Sheep Show. Upgrade your touring to include a Rotorua Skyline Gondola ride or a visit to the Hobbiton Movie Set. More...

Shore Excursion: Geothermal Geysers and Rainbow Springs Combo Including Lunch

Shore Excursion: Geothermal Geysers and Rainbow Springs Combo Including Lunch

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

We pick you up from your ship and board one of our modern small group minivan/bus vehicles, which allows us to move about more efficiently. This is a pre-booked tour only. 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 the way the Maori's have tamed this land for cooking, bathing... More...


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 $110.00 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"

Enjoy freedom to do as you please, spend as long as you please at each place, not tied to rigid itinerary, compulsory visits you have no interest in, or excessive/insufficient time at an... More...

Kaituna Forest Canyon River Jet, Rotorua, Whakarewarewa-Tauranga Shore Excursion

Kaituna Forest Canyon River Jet, Rotorua, Whakarewarewa-Tauranga Shore Excursion

Ports of Call Tour - Tauranga - Starting from $185.00 per person

Kaituna Forest Canyon River Jet Boat is the TOP JET BOAT experience from Cruiseships in New Zealand!

Most cruiseship jet boat rides on flat/calm harbours & lakes - Kaituna is a thrilling experience!

Kaituna Forest Canyon River Jet Boat has the excitement of winding rivers, sharp corners & surrounding dense native New Zealand bush. Be thrilled with fast corners and spins and incredible scenery!... More...


Lake HouseLake House - Homestay.

Set within 5 km of Lake Rotorua and 6 km of Rainbow Springs Kiwi Wildlife Park in Rotorua, Lake House provides...

1.5-Hour Rotorua Highlights Tour1.5-Hour Rotorua Highlights Tour - Hop-on Hop-off Tour - Rotorua. Starting from $49.00 per person.

This tour will take you to all the main highlights that Rotorua has to offer. There will be plenty of stops to take...

 

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