• 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.

Whakarewarewa’s Unique History

March 18, 2020

These are the stories passed on by the ancestors and told to tourists by our very own guides, of the Tūhourangi Ngāti Wāhiao people.

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Fun-filled, family friendly ideas for 24 hours in Rotorua

February 28, 2020

24 hours can turn into the best family holiday you’ve had in years. Here are Rotorua’s top quality experiences carefully selected with families in mind. Enjoy!

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3-Days For First Timers

January 24, 2020

Rotorua is both the culture and adventure capital of the North Island. Whether you’re planning a weekend getaway or passing through as part of a larger New Zealand itinerary, Rotorua should not be overlooked.

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The Rotorua Visitor Experience

December 23, 2019

Since the early 19th century, tourists have flocked to Rotorua to experience the natural hot springs, hot water beaches, bubbling mud pools and explosive geysers – thermal wonders presented thanks to New Zealand’s location in the "Pacific Ring of Fire". More than 3 million tourists visit annually for these experiences and it’s clear why!

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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
  • "It is once impressive for the landscape itself and twice impressive for the fact that it is a populated village where people get on with their lives by utilising the earth’s powers ."
    PhillipP- 03/2020 – via TripAdvisor
  • "The welcome at Whakarewarewa brought me to tears... Our guide was friendly, funny and informative."
    Susie – Rotorua, New Zealand – via TripAdvisor
  • "The Guide’s passion for their home was so beautiful and genuine. The waiata to finish the tour brought a tear to my eyes."
    Monique Enoka-Davidson – New Zealand – 01/2021- via Google Map
  • "Amazing heritage in this area, very friendly and inviting." 
    Estee Blom- New Zealand – 01/2021- via Google Map