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

Hobbiton, Rotorua and Waitomo Caves Day Trip

Hobbiton, Rotorua and Waitomo Caves Day Trip

Day Tour - Auckland - Starting from $440.00 per person

Experience this exciting tour including  Hobbiton which is perfect for anyone looking to add a little fantasy to their holiday. You will visit three amazing destinations in one day. This tour will bring you to the movie set in Hobbiton, where you will be swept away into the world of The Hobbit. After that you will travel to Rotorua and spend approximately 1.5 hours while enjoying lunch and visiting the  Thermal Valley at Te Puia,  before leaving Rotorua, to travel to Waitomo to visit the... 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...

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 $99.00 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"

Full commentary on tour. 

Air-conditioned Vehicles.

 

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Rotorua Whakarewarewa Culture Experience with Free Hangi Lunch Included

Rotorua Whakarewarewa Culture Experience with Free Hangi Lunch Included

Ports of Call Tour - Tauranga - Starting from $150.00 per person

You will be met  and collected from outside the Port of Tauranga wharf gates and taken for a sight seeing journey to Rotorua
First we will travel past the Mt Maunganui beaches,stop for a photo and then travel towards Rotorua, but stopping at Te Puke (The Kiwifruit Capital of the world) where we will visit a Kiwifruit orchard.
Continuing on through the Pine tree forests to Rotorua where we go to Whakarewarewa, 'Rotorua's Living Maori Village'
. Included 
*Guided tour of the... More...

Tauranga Shore Excursion: Rotorua Highlights Including Whakarewarewa Visit

Tauranga Shore Excursion: Rotorua Highlights Including Whakarewarewa Visit

Ports of Call Tour - Mount Maunganui - Starting from $145.00 per person

Spend your time in the Port of Tauranga exploring the geothermal landscapes and Maori culture of New Zealand on this 6-hour Rotorua highlights tour. Discover top Rotorua attractions such as Government Gardens, Rachel's Pool and enjoy free time to explore St. Faith’s Church or the Ohinemutu Maori Village. Learn of life in a Maori tribe at The Living Maori Village and see a traditional Maori dance. Then, wander through the Whakarewarewa Valley — home to powerful geysers and bubbling mud pools.... More...


Ascot On FentonAscot On Fenton - Motel.

Offering spacious and comfortable self-contained apartments with free unlimited WiFi, Ascot on Fenton is a 5-minute...

Rotorua Geysers and Hobbiton experienceRotorua Geysers and Hobbiton experience - Maori - Hinuera. Starting from $289.00 per person.

Join us on this popular small group excursioin to Rotorua 's Scenic Wonderland see bubbling Mud pools and erupting...

 

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