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!



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This week's featured activities in Whakarewarewa are:

Featured Activities

Full-Day Shore Excursion: Geothermal Te Puia and Kiwifruit Orchard

Full-Day Shore Excursion: Geothermal Te Puia and Kiwifruit Orchard

Ports of Call Tour - Tauranga - Starting from $159.00 per person

See the stunning geothermal region of Rotorua. This small group tour will take you to Te Puia to see the famous Pohutu Geyser, bubbling mud pools and a Maori cultural performance plus wood carving, flax weaving and kiwi birds. You will also see a number of other well loved Rotorua sights and kiwifruit orchards. More...

Guided Tauranga Shore Excursion to Rotorua Whakarewarewa and Wai-O-Tapu

Guided Tauranga Shore Excursion to Rotorua Whakarewarewa and Wai-O-Tapu

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

Visit Wai-O-Tapu to see why TripAdvisor says it is "One of the 20 Most SURREAL Places in the World" and why it is considered to be New Zealand's most colorful and diverse geothermal sightseeing attraction. You will take a slow amble to see this unique geothermal landscape sculptured out of volcanic activity over thousands of years and take time to view the world famous Lady Knox Geyser which erupts each day at around 10:15am.

After a lunch at the Wai-O-Tapu cafe you will take a short... More...

Kaituna Forest Canyon River Jet Boat & Rotorua Tour -Tauranga Shore Excursion

Kaituna Forest Canyon River Jet Boat & Rotorua Tour -Tauranga Shore Excursion

Ports of Call Tour - Tauranga - Starting from $149.00 per person

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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...

Private Full-Day Rotorua Tour from Auckland

Private Full-Day Rotorua Tour from Auckland

Private Tour - Auckland - Starting from $470.00 per person

Get ready to explore the amazing Rotorua. Rotorua is New Zealand's ultimate holiday destination for locals and overseas visitors. Roto means lake and Rua means two – together, Rotorua means 'Second Lake'. A dream spot for sightseeing and a region steeped in Māori legend, history and culture. On this tour you will visit famous attractions such as the Pikirangi Maori Village, Kiwi House, and the Geothermal Valley. This is a tour including a driver and we can match your ideal itinerary or you can... More...

Private Shore Excursion Rotorua Geothermals Pohutu Geyser and Mudpools

Private Shore Excursion Rotorua Geothermals Pohutu Geyser and Mudpools

Ports of Call Tour - Tauranga - Starting from $895.00 per person

Enjoy a fun and informative tour with an experienced local guide showcasing the iconic Mount Maunganui, beautiful sandy beaches and million dollar homes plus many Rotorua and Tauranga's highlights. Also visit Kiwifruit Country Store for a kiwifruit tasting, orchard tour and souvenirs, plus beautiful beaches waterfalls and much more.

In Rotorua visit the Geothermal area at either the living Maori Village at Whakarewarewa or Te Puia and immerse yourself in Maori culture. See the... More...


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Full-Day Shore Excursion: Geothermal Te Puia and Kiwifruit OrchardFull-Day Shore Excursion: Geothermal Te Puia and Kiwifruit Orchard - Ports of Call Tour - Tauranga. Starting from $159.00 per person.

See the stunning geothermal region of Rotorua. This small group tour will take you to Te Puia to see the famous Pohutu...

 

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