• 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.

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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How Hinemoa’s unrelenting love for Tutanekai conquered all

February 14, 2019

A forbidden love between Hinemoa and Tutanekai began years ago in our very own Rotorua. Learn more about their lovestory and trace their footsteps through time.

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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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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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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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  • "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