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Whakarewarewa & Lakeland Queen Cruise

Enjoy Rotorua’s rich cultural and natural beauty with Lakeland Queen and Whakarewarewa

Soak up authentic cultural experience at Whakarewarewa – the Living Māori Village and then enjoy the stunning Rotorua’s lakefront view with dinner via Lakeland Queen.

Home to two sub-tribes, Māori have lived Whakarewarewa village for hundreds of years.  Whaka is a real living community that’s steeped in heritage, culture and geothermal wonders. On arrival, enjoy our cultural performance where you will experience traditional Māori songs and dance, including world-famous haka.  Then followed by a guided tour, check out the world-famous Pōhutu Geyser, as well as explore the steaming pools, bubbling mud and traditional carvings of the village.  Self-explore our five walking tracks view some of the unique flora and fauna of whakarewarewa.

As part of this combo, you’ll also have an amazing cruise experience.  Lakeland Queen is a dining cruise and charter company who can provide you with a unique, memorable experience on the beautiful and historic Lake Rotorua. Our heritage styled vessel is the only one of its kind in New Zealand. Our relaxing cruise explores fantastic scenery and totally unique landscapes of Lake Rotorua, while you listen to informative commentary on the sights. It was this lake that Hinemoa swam from the mainland to Mokoia Island to be with her lover, Tutanekai, thus inspiring the greatest of all New Zealand songs, ‘Pokarekare Ana’. You just heard this beautiful love song in the cultural performance of Whakarewarewa.

The Lakeland Queen will take you by this very special island, so make sure you’re bring your camera and capture the beautiful geothermal and lake views, the bird sanctuary in Sulphur Bay,  visible from the shores of Lake Rotorua and perspective views of the city.

Take the opportunity to enjoy the authentic Māori village and fabulous Rotorua lake views.


Lakeland Queen + Whaka Village

Adult – $95

Child – $45

Suggested Itineraries:

Arrive at Whaka Village at 2 pm. Experience 30-minutes cultural performance and join the 2.30 pm guided tour, lasts around one hour. Self-explore the walking tracks and head to Lakeland Queen dinner cruise. Boarding time is at 5.45 pm.

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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