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

Te Puia Maori Arts and Crafts Institute with Optional Cultural Performance

Te 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 geothermal location with steaming vents, boiling mud pools and spectacular geysers, Te Puia celebrates New Zealand’s Maori traditions. See a native kiwi bird, watch world-famous Pohutu Geyser vent plumes of steam and see the traditional skills of woodcarving and weaving. Upgrade to include the Te Puia cultural performance to watch the warlike haka dance and skilful stick game, and... More...

Tauranga Shore Excursion: Rotorua Te Puia Geothermal Geyser Tour

Tauranga Shore Excursion: Rotorua Te Puia Geothermal Geyser Tour

Ports of Call Tour - Tauranga - Starting from $135.00 per person

Discover and experience a truly special day of the geothermal wonderland of Rotorua (with geysers, steam vents and mud pools) for your cruise ship shore excursion from Tauranga!

We pick you up within just 4-5 minutes away from your ship and board one of our modern 2016/17 small group minivan/bus vehicles, which being a small group allows us to move about more flexibly & efficiently; to enjoy more spontaneous encounters; simply not available to travellers on larger... 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...

Full-Day Hobbiton and Rotorua Tour from Auckland

Full-Day Hobbiton and Rotorua Tour from Auckland

Day Tour - Auckland - Starting from $325.00 per person

Visit the Hobbiton Movie Set and Rotorua including sightseeing and Lunch. All sightseeing is completed by 4:30pm and you can finish at Rotorua or return to Auckland. If you are staying in Rotorua you will be dropped at your accommodation or a central location in Rotorua, before the group leaves to go back to Auckland. Our small group tours have a maximum size of 14 passengers and no minimum numbers are required. More...

Shore Excursion: Te Puia, Jet Boat and Mokoia Island from Tauranga

Shore Excursion: Te Puia, Jet Boat and Mokoia Island from Tauranga

Ports of Call Tour - Tauranga - Starting from $249.00 per person

Culture, geothermals, exhilaration, kiwifruit and beautiful scenery await you on this unique small group tour of Rotorua that provides something for the whole family to enjoy. You will see Pohutu Geyser, pools of bubbling mud, a Maori concert including the haka, artisans at work with flax and wood plus iconic Rotorua scenery, and take a jetboat ride to the private owned nature reserve and bird sanctuary of Mokoia Island which is unspoiled conservation land where only a few are privileged to... More...


Silver Oaks Resort HeritageSilver Oaks Resort Heritage - Hotel.

Located midway between downtown Roturua and the Whakerewarewa thermal area, the Silver Oaks Resort Heritage is a...

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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