• Our Whaka Blog

Whakarewarewa
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.

Find out more >

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!

Find out more >

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.

Find out more >

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!

Find out more >

The story behind the tekoteko of Whakarewarewa Village

October 31, 2019

When exploring Whakarewarewa Village, you will come upon numerous tekoteko – wooden Māori carvings of human like figures. Fascinating and full of symbolism and cultural history, read more about these works of art that will greet you in the most unexpected places at Whakarewarewa.

Find out more >

The ultimate stinky bucket list – five geothermal wonders to knock your socks off

September 30, 2019

It’s easy to see why Rotorua is known as the birthplace of tourism in New Zealand. From untouched valleys to New Zealand’s only living Māori village, Rotorua is home to a wealth of natural wonders and unique experiences that have attracted travellers from near and far for hundreds of years.

Find out more >
  • "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
  • "Friendly people help you gain a genuine impression into Maori culture in a thermal setting. A relaxed experience that was truly enjoyable."
    Rudolf – New Zealand – via TripAdvisor
  • "The welcome at Whakarewarewa brought me to tears... Our guide was friendly, funny and informative."
    Susie – Rotorua, New Zealand – via TripAdvisor