• Experience WHAKAREWAREWA

Discover Iconic Village Experiences

Enter Te Whakarewarewa Valley and experience the unique Māori culture and heritage of the village. 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.

Guided tour of Whakarewarewa Village

The Whakarewarewa Guided Tour

Explore the Living Māori Village of Whakarewarewa with the Guided Tour. Your local guide, a descendent of generations of guides from the region, will educate and delight you with stories of the Village and valley. See how we use the natural geothermal energy for everyday use, and experience traditional dances and songs (including the legendary “Haka”) from our resident kapa haka group - Te Pakira.

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Māori Cultural Performance

Our popular daily Cultural Performances pay tribute to the legacy of performing arts of our ancestors. Let us introduce you to kapa haka, our traditional performing arts. Each performance includes Waiata (songs) of our history, Patere (rhythmic chants), stick games, poi dancing, and the world-famous haka war challenge – all performed by one of Rotorua’s leading cultural performance groups.

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Village Nature Walks

Nature Walks

Explore beyond the village with the self-guided Whakarewarewa Nature Walks. Walk around boiling mud pools, coloured lakes, and through native New Zealand bush. With walks ranging from 5 to 50 minutes, requiring only comfortable shoes and a low level of fitness, these are a must-do to experience our beautiful home.

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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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The Whakarewarewa Village meeting house

Overnight Marae Stay

The ultimate immersive cultural experience for groups. Our overnight Marae Stay welcomes you into the heart of the village, the Marae. Requiring a minimum of 10 people, the all-inclusive overnight experience offers a deep and meaningful insight into Māori traditions, customs and ways of life.

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Hot Water Beach Campground

For a unique camping experience, the Hot Water Beach campground is located on the shores of beautiful Te Rata Bay on the southern arm of Lake Tarawera. Enjoy a warm, relaxing swim from the natural geothermal hot springs. Thirty campsites are available, with bookings essential.

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  • "A unique way to see Maori culture combined with geothermal activities. The place is beautiful."
    Xinhui Y, via TripAdvisor
  • "A perfect way to introduce visitors to Tikanga Maori. Powerful and impressive."
    TotsiensVal, via TripAdvisor
  • "Our guide's knowledge of her people and stories made the tour very educational and inspiring."
    TripReview 777, via TripAdvisor