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

Private Full-Day Rotorua Tour from Auckland

Private Full-Day Rotorua Tour from Auckland

Private Tour - Auckland - Starting from $470.00 per person

Get ready to explore the amazing Rotorua. Rotorua is New Zealand's ultimate holiday destination for locals and overseas visitors. Roto means lake and Rua means two – together, Rotorua means 'Second Lake'. A dream spot for sightseeing and a region steeped in Māori legend, history and culture. On this tour you will visit famous attractions such as the Pikirangi Maori Village, Kiwi House, and the Geothermal Valley. This is a tour including a driver and we can match your ideal itinerary or you can... More...

Tauranga Shore Excursion: Rotorua Highlights Including Whakarewarewa Visit

Tauranga Shore Excursion: Rotorua Highlights Including Whakarewarewa Visit

Ports of Call Tour - Tauranga - Starting from $149.00 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...

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...


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...

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...


B&B@The RedwoodsB&B@The Redwoods - Bed and Breakfast.

Offering free Wi-Fi and included breakfast, B&B@The Redwoods is ideally located to experience many of Rotorua’s best...

Tauranga Shore Excursion: Rotorua Te Puia Geothermal Geyser TourTauranga 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...

 

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