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!



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This week's featured activities in Whakarewarewa are:

Featured Activities

Rotorua Day Tour: Geothermal Geysers and Rainbow Springs Combo Including Lunch

Rotorua Day Tour: Geothermal Geysers and Rainbow Springs Combo Including Lunch

Day Tour - Rotorua - Starting from $199.00 per person

We will collect you from your Hotel/Accommodation in Rotorua on one of our luxury small group vehicle.  Being a small group tour this makes for a personal and friendly service. Experience geysers, mud pools and steam vents with Maori culture. Not to forget the infamous Haka War dance. This is performed by one of Rotorua's leading Maori cultural performance groups. Encounter a strange landscape of sights, sounds and smells. Marvel at the way the Maori's have tamed this land for cooking,... More...


Tauranga Shore Excursion: Hobbiton Lord Of The Rings Movie Set and Rotorua Geothermal Geyser Combo Tour

Tauranga Shore Excursion: Hobbiton Lord Of The Rings Movie Set and Rotorua Geothermal Geyser Combo Tour

Ports of Call Tour - Tauranga - Starting from $220.00 per person

We pick you up just a short walk from your ship at the end of the wharf, and board one of our modern 2016/17 small group minivan/bus vehicles, which allows us to move about more flexibly and efficiently. This is a pre-booked tour only.

Experience geysers, mud pools and steam vents with Maori culture. Not to forget the infamous Haka War dance. This is performed by one of Rotorua's leading Maori cultural performance groups. Encounter a strange landscape of sights, sounds and... More...


Full-Day Waitomo and Rotorua Tour from Auckland

Full-Day Waitomo and Rotorua Tour from Auckland

Day Tour - Auckland - Starting from $347.00 per person

Explore the top attractions of New Zealand’s Waikato region on this full-day Waitomo and Rotorua tour from Auckland. Travel through King’s Country to the magical Waitomo Caves with a guide, and discover millions of bright glowworms in the subterranean caverns. After lunch, explore Rotorua’s geothermal geysers and mud pools, then catch a traditional Maori performance. Experience life on a working farm or upgrade your tour to take the Skyline Gondola over Rotorua, or for a little pampering at a... More...

Private Shore Excursion: Customizable Tour in Luxury Mercedes Vehicle with Private Driver

Private Shore Excursion: Customizable Tour in Luxury Mercedes Vehicle with Private Driver

Ports of Call Tour - Tauranga - Starting from $625.00 per person

Enjoy a full-day private charter to allow you to custom build your individual tour. Travel in a luxury Mercedes mini bus with dual air-conditioning and reclining leather seating.

Choose the places to see and activities you would like to do at your own pace on your visit when you dock at the Port of Tauranga. You can visit Rotorua the lifestyle destination of choice for professional couples, families and people that have a passion for life and the outdoors. It is New Zealand’s... 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...


Tickled Trout B&BTickled Trout B&B - Bed and Breakfast.

Set within 5 km of Rotorua Museum and 5 km of Tamaki Maori Village in Rotorua, Tickled Trout B&B provides accommodation...

Tauranga Shore Excursion: Lord of the Rings Hobbiton Movie Set Tour Including Rotorua SightseeingTauranga Shore Excursion: Lord of the Rings Hobbiton Movie Set Tour Including Rotorua Sightseeing - Ports of Call Tour - Tauranga. Starting from $256.00 per person.

Enter a world of hobbits and hot pools when your cruise ship is in port in Tauranga. This shore excursion to Middle...

 

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