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

Private Tour: Rotorua and Waitomo Caves Day Trip from Auckland

Private Tour: Rotorua and Waitomo Caves Day Trip from Auckland

Private Tour - Auckland - Starting from $715.00 per person

Enjoy a day trip from Auckland to Rotorua with the opportunity to explore the Waitomo Glowworm Caves. Your chauffeur will pick you up from your desired place in Auckland city, and then get ready to enjoy the amazing Rotorua!
Rotorua is New Zealand's ultimate holiday destination for locals and overseas visitors. The Waitomo Caves, one of the North Island's most popular attractions. With beautiful caverns and brightly lit glowworms, this sightseeing experience will be one you won't ever... 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...

Private Shore Excursion: Full-Day Tour in Luxury Mercedes Vehicle with Private Driver

Private Shore Excursion: Full-Day Tour in Luxury Mercedes Vehicle with Private Driver

Ports of Call Tour - Tauranga - Starting from $625.00 per person

Enjoy a full-day private charter to allow you to custom build your individual tour. Travel in a luxury Mercedes mini bus with dual air-conditioning and reclining leather seating for up to 11 people.

Choose the places to see and activities you would like to do at your own pace on your visit when you dock at the Port of Tauranga. You can visit Rotorua the lifestyle destination of choice for professional couples, families and people that have a passion for life and the outdoors. It is... 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...


Half-Day Self-Guided Mountain Bike Journey through Whakarewarewa Redwood Forest

Half-Day Self-Guided Mountain Bike Journey through Whakarewarewa Redwood Forest

Mountain Bike Rental - Rotorua - Starting from $45.00 per person

Enjoy a 4-hour self-guided mountain bike ride through Rotorua’s spectacular Whakarewarewa Redwood Forest, located just 5-minutes from the city centre. With over 160 kilometers of twisting and turning mountain bike trails it's no wonder that this has quickly become one of the top riding trail networks in the world. This world famous mountain bike forest caters for all abilities, all year round due to its vast variety of trails and mild temperate climate. Hire a bike and go for a self-guided... More...



Apex on FentonApex on Fenton - Motel.

Just a 5-minute drive from the heart of Rotorua, Apex on Fenton features self-contained apartments, suites and studio...

Te Puia Maori Arts and Crafts Institute with Optional Cultural PerformanceTe Puia Maori Arts and Crafts Institute with Optional Cultural Performance - Attraction - Rotorua. Starting from $51.20 per person.

Experience the culture and history of Te Puia, the New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute. Set in a stunning...

 

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