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 $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 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

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...

Hangi Pie Experience

Hangi Pie Experience

Maori - Rotorua - Starting from $58.00 per person

Nestled amongst a Geothermal wonderland sits the Living Maori Village of Te Whakarewarewa.

View the spectacular landscape of geothermal pools and erupting geysers as you join in a guided tour learning of our Maori Culture, History and Traditions that have been passed down through generations.  Sit back and relax to the melodious sounds of Te Pakira Cultural performers as they serenade you with songs and dance from our people.  Tantalise your taste buds with a Hangi Pie Meal for lunch.... 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...

Te Puia Maori Cultural Tour and Steambox Lunch

Te Puia Maori Cultural Tour and Steambox Lunch

Lunch - Rotorua - Starting from $105.00 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...


Cozy HomeCozy Home - Holiday Home.

Located 300 metres from Rotorua International Stadium, 2.6 km from Te Puia and 3.3 km from Polynesian Spa, Cozy Home...

Te Puia Maori Cultural Tour and Steambox LunchTe Puia Maori Cultural Tour and Steambox Lunch - Lunch - Rotorua. Starting from $105.00 per person.

“How would you like that cooked?” will never sound the same after lunch in Te Whakarewarewa Geothermal Valley. Enjoy a...

 

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