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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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  • "I have seen many performances of the haka, but this one was one of the best. The whole experience is highly recommended"
    Chris D, via TripAdvisor
  • "We felt very fortunate to have learned more about the Māori culture and to have done so in an authentic working Māori village... Highly recommend!!"
    Anon, via TripAdvisor
  • "Very informative, fun and beautiful. Our guide “Chief” was excellent!! Knowledgeable, passionate and just the right amount of added humour."
    Anon, via TripAdvisor