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Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village, Rotorua

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Learn about and experience traditional Maori culture at Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village, home to indigenous communities for more than five generations. The geothermal activity of the area made it an attractive place to settle, and today you can see demonstrations of how the natural hot springs are used for bathing and cooking, and even sample some traditional food. Cultural performances, guided tours, and a boat cruise provide dynamic ways to learn more about life in a Maori thermal village. Plan to see Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village and other attractions that appeal to you using our Rotorua online itinerary planner.
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  • This is a living Maori village tour. We went on a guided tour. You get to see their way of life. Cooking, bathing and living in a geothermal area. Somewhat of a duplicate if you did Te Puia 
    This is a living Maori village tour. We went on a guided tour. You get to see their way of life. Cooking, bathing and living in a geothermal area. Somewhat of a duplicate if you did Te Puia  more »
  • The cultural performance by the youngsters. The team explained to us clearly the traditional themes. There was always a smiling face and they all shared a great sense of humour. 
    The cultural performance by the youngsters. The team explained to us clearly the traditional themes. There was always a smiling face and they all shared a great sense of humour.  more »
  • What have we learned a lot about the Maori people ,places, buildings ,houses and how the live and about the old and the young Maori people. 
    What have we learned a lot about the Maori people ,places, buildings ,houses and how the live and about the old and the young Maori people.  more »
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  • Such an awesome place to visit. Our guide had great knowledge of the village and it's rich history. Also his knowledge of the geothermal pools was amazing! He made sure everyone in the tour group was well looked after despite the downpour we faced on our tour. Also, the geothermal corn tasted quite nice! Would definitely recommend visiting this place and also doing the guided the tour.
  • A very cool experience! If you’re considering visiting, I recommend it! There are two halves to the village - the village itself, and the geothermal park. Both require different tickets, and neither is cheap. However, I recommend visiting both as the village is a unique cultural and learning experience while the park is full of stunning scenery. If you have some time to spare, the performance is also worth watching!
  • Went for the self guided tour. If you have been to Iceland, then to me this is nothing comparable. But still a nice place to walk around. Interesting to see smoke coming out of the ground in a town area. Could be better if the weather is good I suppose.
  • Highly recommend. The performance was fantastic and worth watching. It gave a great insight into the Māori culture. The walking tour - Our guide Phillip was very knowledgeable and lovely. He had funny jokes throughout the tour but finished by personally singing us all a song as a kind of blessing to wish us all well. It touched my heart and I hope other people get to experience his tours as they were entertaining but very sweet at the same time.
  • The Maori village tour was really interesting. We all ate corn on the cob cooked in one of the thermal pools that the village uses for cooking their own food. Maximum 24 people per guide so groups will not be more than that (ours was split into two). The cultural show was a highlight so I'd recommend basing your visit to get that in

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