• Our Whaka Blog

Our living village is rich in heritage, history and stories. 

Our people are descendants of early Māori guides who helped to shape tourism in New Zealand. We bring all of this to life in our fascinating and varied blogs.

Learn more about what Whakarewarewa is all about when you explore the posts below.

10 Māori traditions you may not know about

August 30, 2019

For visitors discovering New Zealand, Māori traditions and customs are important to be aware of, understand and respect. A beautiful and integral part of New Zealand’s dual heritage, these traditions shed light to the depth and influence of Māori culture in today’s society.

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The seven most photogenic, Instagram-worthy spots in Rotorua

July 31, 2019

If we had to pick one place in New Zealand to win the Ms. Photogenic award, Rotorua would be it. From out of this world geothermal wonders to majestic forests, hidden gems and inner-city delights – it’s all here for the taking.

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Rotorua’s best walking tracks for families to explore

June 30, 2019

Explore, wander and walk your way through some of the most beautiful sights Rotorua has to offer. Because, truth be told, there’s just something about being in the green that feels like happy families. Together, discover natural wonders and geothermal landscapes that transport you to a land that time forgot. Here are Rotorua’s best walking tracks for families to explore.

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Top experiences in Rotorua under $50 or free

May 31, 2019

Brimming with natural geothermal wonders and vibrant Māori culture, it’s no wonder that Rotorua is recognised as the birthplace of tourism in New Zealand. There are plenty of world-class experiences for you to enjoy here – affordably under $50 or free!

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Five things to look for when choosing a Māori show

April 30, 2019

A trip to New Zealand isn’t complete without experiencing a Māori cultural show, also known as a Māori cultural performance. Before you book there are a few key things to consider so you can really make the most of this unique experience.

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7 Family Friendly Activities in Rotorua For a Fun Family Getaway

March 20, 2019

Planning a family trip and unsure where to start? Rotorua is the perfect holiday destination for the whole family and has a wide range of activities everyone will enjoy.

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  • "The show was excellent and friendly... interesting and well worth it. We enjoyed the whole thing and for a very good price. Highly recommend."
    MacDutch via TripAdvisor
  • "A highlight of our 3 week travels through New Zealand. We had a very informative and funny tour lead by Chief, which gave us a real insight into the Māori lifestyle."
    Jenmck92, via TripAdvisor
  • "One of the best trips I have done. Well done and thanks to all living there for making us feel so welcome."
    Christine C, via TripAdvisor