• Welcome to our home WHAKAREWAREWA Nau mai, haere mai

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Whakarewarewa Story

Experience Māori Culture

Enter Te Whakarewarewa Valley and experience the unique Māori culture and heritage of the village. Our Living Māori Village is owned and operated by local residents, providing an intimate look into day-to-day life in a Living Māori Village.For over 200 years the Tūhourangi Ngāti Wāhiao tribe have welcomed visitors into their backyard, opening the doors to their way life and sharing the geothermal treasures.

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Myths & History

Whakarewarewa Village is the legacy and home of the Tūhourangi Ngāti Wāhiao people, who have been sharing their unique way of life with visitors from all around the world for over two hundred years.Able to trace their ancestry back to the Te Arawa people who first occupied the valley in 1325, generations of guides have been pioneering leaders of tourism in New Zealand.

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Geyser viewing platform Whakarewarewa Maori Village

Explore Our Geothermal Wonderland

Discover the unique geothermal landscape of Te Whakarewarewa Valley. Being the only living geothermal Māori village, we are gifted with geothermal vents that provide a life-giving energy resource.See our boiling hot pools and bubbling mud, and learn how our residents utilise and respect the ever-changing forces beneath our land.

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  • "So informative full of history. Very authentic... Delicious hangi one must try when there. Having been to other Villages this one is one of a kind! "
    Karolina – Palmerston North, New Zealand – via TripAdvisor
  • "Friendly people help you gain a genuine impression into Maori culture in a thermal setting. A relaxed experience that was truly enjoyable."
    Rudolf – New Zealand – via TripAdvisor
  • "The welcome at Whakarewarewa brought me to tears... Our guide was friendly, funny and informative."
    Susie – Rotorua, New Zealand – via TripAdvisor