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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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  • "We learned a lot about Maori culture and their way of life at this attraction. I was impressed that the tour was conducted by one of the residents"
    Dave Y, via TripAdvisor
  • "The one show you must see when you are in Rotorua. The guide is very knowledgeable and friendly and he will walk you through the village"
    Julian W, via TripAdvisor
  • "The tour was wonderful, the guide funny and informative and the place out of this world. The cultural performance was funny and enjoyable."
    Anon, via TripAdvisor