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

Shore Excursion: 6-hour Private Vehicle with Professional Guide from Tauranga

Shore Excursion: 6-hour Private Vehicle with Professional Guide from Tauranga

Ports of Call Tour - Tauranga - Starting from $480.00 per person

See and do what you want at your own pace upon your cruise ships arrival at the Port of Tauranga. Book a 6-hour private tour vehicle with your own professional and friendly guide for a day out exploring Rotorua, Hobbiton or wherever else you fancy going.  No need to share with others, travel at your own pace and do what you want to do. This private tour is especially great for families or groups. Different size vehicles are available with a minimum of 6 hours hire. Your guide can book entry... 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...

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...


Full-Day Rotorua Shore Excursion Including Te Puia and Hells Gate Thermal Beds

Full-Day Rotorua Shore Excursion Including Te Puia and Hells Gate Thermal Beds

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

Experience this small group tour to the stunning geothermal landscape of Rotorua. Visit Te Puia for geysers, learn about Maori culture and the kiwi bird and visit the ominous-sounding Hells Gate for a unique landscape of steaming vents and bubbling mud. More...

Shore Excursion: Rotorua Including Te Puia and Agrodome from Tauranga

Shore Excursion: Rotorua Including Te Puia and Agrodome from Tauranga

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

Enjoy unique Kiwi experiences on this small group tour to the geothermal heartland of New Zealand - Rotorua. Visit the Agrodome and see the famous Farm Show. Visit Te Puia to see Pohutu Geyser, pools of bubbling mud, a Maori concert including the haka, artisans at work with flax and wood, the kiwi bird and take a look at some iconic Rotorua scenery. View kiwifruit hanging on the vines as you pass through Te Puke - the home of New Zealand's kiwifruit industry. More...


Silver Oaks Hotel - GeyserlandSilver Oaks Hotel - Geyserland - Hotel.

Located opposite the Rotorua Golf Course, SilverOaks Hotel offers stunning views over the Pohutu Geyser and Thermal...

Tauranga Shore Excursion: Rotorua Sightseeing Tour Including Tauranga and Mt. MaunganuiTauranga Shore Excursion: Rotorua Sightseeing Tour Including Tauranga and Mt. Maunganui - City Tour - Rotorua. Starting from $109.00 per person.

While you’re in port in Tauranga, explore the geothermal landscapes beneath the earths surface on this 6.5-hour Rotorua...

 

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