Discover Iconic Cultural & Geothermal Experiences

Enter Te Whakarewarewa Valley and experience the unique Māori Culture and Geothermal Landscapes. Our Living Māori Village is owned and operated by local residents, providing an intimate look into day-to-day life in a Living Māori Village.

Book the Whakarewarewa Guided Tour to meet friendly, local guides who will bring the history of the valley to life for you. Follow our Self-Guided Nature Trails through geothermal fields, over steaming lakes and past bubbling mud. Watch our talented Kapa Haka group perform traditional Māori song and dance – there is so much to explore.

Whakarewarewa Legacy Guided Village Tour

Enjoy our Legacy guided tour and home of the Tūhourangi Ngāti Wāhiao people who have been sharing their way of life with visitors from all around the world for over 200 years. Discover how our people have adopted and survived to live on top of a caldera, a truly intrepid human journey since the devastating eruption of Mt Tarawera in 1886.
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Whaka Geothermal Trails

Our new geothermal nature trails provide exclusive access to an untouched geothermal landscape where Visitors can experience the raw nature of Papatuanuku (mother-earth). The Jurassic park-like landscape are described as providing regenerative powers as You find yourself face-to-face with Nature, Hot Spring Lakes, Mud Pools and native manuka bushlands.Please note that there is no access to Pohutu Geyser on our Geothermal Trails.
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A woman with a bike and helmet looking over a hill track

Whaka E-Bike Hire & Trails

NEW in 2021! A unique and fun way to explore the Jurassic geothermal landscape through the Whakarewarewa thermal reserve.
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All Day Pass

Our All-Day Pass gives YOU, our guests the opportunity to experience everything Geothermal & Maori Cultural at Rotorua's most Iconic Living Maori Village, Whakarewarewa.You will join one of our Iconic Village Guided Tours at either 9am, 10am, 11am, 1.15pm, 2pm or 3pm. Attend our daily cultural performance at 12.30pm and spend as much time as you desire exploring our self-guided Geothermal Trails. An experience ideal for the entire family with views of the mighty Pohutu Geyser & tasting corn cooked in our largest hot pool, being just a couple of highlights on our village guided tour, to joining in with audience participation at our cultural performance and taking a leisurely stroll through the untouched landscape that is our Geothermal Trails.
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Cultural Performances

Take a glimpse into our world of performing arts while partaking in our daily Cultural Performance. Let our local performers serenade you with melodious song & dance pertaining to our people, including the fiery, world famous 'Haka'.Please note that we have limited numbers per performance.
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Traditional cooling in the boiling hot pools

Traditional Food

No trip is complete without sampling the local cuisine, and the traditional Māori hangi is sure to be a one of a kind experience. Cooked in the bubbling geothermal waters and steam of Whakarewarewa Valley, the hangi is unique and delicious. For a modern take on this traditional meal, why not try our world-famous hangi pie – a truly unique kiwi combination of food!
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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