• 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.

Preserving our culture in a modern Māori village

September 14, 2018

One of the most commonly asked questions here at Whakarewarewa is, “Do people really live here?” The answer is yes, they absolutely do, and their ancestors have been living here for hundreds of years.

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Comparing Rotorua’s Māori villages – which experience is for me?

December 5, 2018

Here’s a quick overview of how each of Rotorua’s Māori cultural experiences differ, and the types of manuhiri (guests) they suit the most.

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5 customs to know before entering a real Māori village

December 21, 2018

For the mindful traveller, here are 5 customs to know about and understand before you enter a real Māori village.

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Whakarewarewa and 12 Days of Christmas

December 28, 2018

Christmas is here, here's the 12 Days' of Christmas Whakarewarewa styles! Featuring our hangi pies, pounamu, Pohutu Geyser, the penny divers, geothermal wonders and more!

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Top 5 geothermal hotspots in Rotorua

February 7, 2019

From hot waterfalls to hot water beaches, natural hot springs, mud baths and even sulphur spas, here’s our top 5 favourite geothermal hotspots for you to discover while in Rotorua-land.

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  • "A unique way to see Maori culture combined with geothermal activities. The place is beautiful."
    Xinhui Y, via TripAdvisor
  • "A perfect way to introduce visitors to Tikanga Maori. Powerful and impressive."
    TotsiensVal, via TripAdvisor
  • "Our guide's knowledge of her people and stories made the tour very educational and inspiring."
    TripReview 777, via TripAdvisor