• 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.

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.

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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.

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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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  • "This was such a fun place to visit! Our tour guide was informative, honest, and hilarious all in one- truly a great tour! "
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  • "We had a wonderful moment in this authentic place. It’s a real village were Maori are still living and it was very interesting to share with them and understand how they live."
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  • "This was a real highlight of our stay in Rotorua. The tour guides...were very knowledgeable and passionate about the village"
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