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 Charter: Hobbiton and Rotorua's Geothermal Valley

Private Charter: Hobbiton and Rotorua's Geothermal Valley

Day Tour - Auckland - Starting from $569.00 per person

This is a Private Charter Tour just for your group!

We pick you up from your accomodation/Hotel in Auckland and board one of our modern 2016/17 small group minivan/bus vehicles.

Experience the magic of Hobbiton you will have a fully guided tour around the 12 acre set; past Hobbit Holes, the Mill, the Party Tree and into the world-famous Green Dragon Inn, where you will be presented with a complimentary, exclusive Hobbit Southfarthing beverage.  

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Full-Day Hobbiton and Rotorua Tour from Auckland

Full-Day Hobbiton and Rotorua Tour from Auckland

Day Tour - Auckland - Starting from $370.00 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.
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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...

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 $56.00 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...

Deluxe Rotorua Shore Excursion: Geothermal Valley, Geysers, Redwood Forest Including Lunch

Deluxe Rotorua Shore Excursion: Geothermal Valley, Geysers, Redwood Forest Including Lunch

Ports of Call Tour - Tauranga - Starting from $162.50 per person

THIS IS A SMALL GROUP TOUR AND INCLUDES ALL OF YOUR ENTRANCE FEES AND TWO COURSE LUNCH!

We will meet you at the port gates and board one of our modern 2017/2018 small group minivans, being a small group allows us to move about more efficiently to enjoy a more personal and friendly tour.

Explore the Living Maori Village, where you'll hear from a local descendant about Maori history, customs, and craft traditions.  Discover and experience a truly... More...



Family GetawayFamily Getaway - Holiday Home.

Situated in Rotorua, just 200 metres from Rotorua International Stadium, Family Getaway offers accommodation with free...

Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland Option to add Waimangu, Hobbiton or WhakarewareaWai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland Option to add Waimangu, Hobbiton or Whakarewarea - Thermal Spa & Hot Springs - Rotorua. Starting from $85.00 per person.

Design your own ideal day with a full-day or half-day tour to Rotorua attractions and Hobbiton.  Experience the...

 

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