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

Tauranga Shore Excursion: Rotorua Sightseeing Tour Including Tauranga and Mt. Maunganui

Tauranga Shore Excursion: Rotorua Sightseeing Tour Including Tauranga and Mt. Maunganui

Ports of Call Tour - Rotorua - Starting from $98.95 per person

Our most popular tour ..... Rotorua's best 
While you’re in Port of Tauranga, explore the geothermal landscapes beneath the earths surface on this Rotorua sightseeing tour. See beautiful beaches and million dollar homes, Kiwifruit orchard Tour and fruit tastings before a 45 minute drive to Rotorua.Take in top natural sites of interest such as Blue & Green lakes , view the site of the Tarawera eruption and  Redwood Forest,  gain insight into New Zealand’s diverse plant and animal life.... 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 - Rotorua - 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 drive... More...

Tauranga Shore Excursion: Rotorua Highlights

Tauranga Shore Excursion: Rotorua Highlights

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

Take in the highlights of New Zealand's most beautiful city, Rotorua, when your cruise ship docks in Tauranga. Receive a traditional welcome at Whakarewarewa, New Zealand’s only authentic living Maori village, and explore the Rotorua region, where otherworldly geysers, lunar landscapes, scenic countryside and Maori culture come together. More...

Shore Excursion Rotorua, Tauranga Mt Maunganui Maori Culture Geysers & Mudpools

Shore Excursion Rotorua, Tauranga Mt Maunganui Maori Culture Geysers & Mudpools

Maori - Te Puke - Starting from $149.00 per person

Sit back and enjoy this tour with a local guide and discover Tauranga, Mount Maunganui and Rotorua. See all the local highlights and visit the stunning Geothermal area at Whakarewarewa Rotorua, immerse yourself in Maori culture and see the stunning Pohutu Geyser and bubbling mud pools plus the magnificent Concert including a Maori challenge and Cultural performance including song and dance plus the rousing " Haka"
Plus much more ....
* Tauranga & Mt Maunganui overview , stunning Beaches... More...

2 Days Hobbiton, Waitomo and Rotorua-Private Transfers & Tours from Auckland

2 Days Hobbiton, Waitomo and Rotorua-Private Transfers & Tours from Auckland

Multi-day Tour - Auckland - Starting from $500.00 per person

Enjoy the best of the North Island on board your exclusive van with driver on this 2 day Private Transfers and Tours from Auckland (Return). Travel at your own pace and enjoy the benefits:
• Exclusive transfers (Van with luggage compartment)
• Hobbiton Movie Set Tour 
• Waitomo Glowworm Caves Tour
• Te Puia Geothermal day pass
• Sightseeing at Rotorua Government Gardens, Kuirau Park, Rotorua CBD & Shops (souvenir shopping), Blue Lake and the Redwoods (Whakarewarewa... More...


Prince's Gate HotelPrince's Gate Hotel - Hotel.

The Princes Gate is a historical, boutique-style hotel in the centre of Rotorua. This classical 4-star hotel is...

Waimangu Volcanic Valley with Option to add Wai-O-Tapu, Hobbiton or WhakarewareaWaimangu Volcanic Valley with Option to add Wai-O-Tapu, Hobbiton or Whakarewarea - Attraction - Rotorua. Starting from $82.00 per person.

Experience a half or full-day tour from Rotorua to the Geothermal wonders that the region is famous for. Your...

 

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