• 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.

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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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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  • "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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