Whakarewarewa Geothermal Valley is home to a unique combination of landscapes, flora and fauna. Nowhere else in the world can you see several types of Manuka and Kanuka (tea tree). There’s also Pohutukawa (New Zealand’s Christmas tree) and many different types of fern and edible plants growing in our harsh, geothermal environment.
Our nature walks are all set amidst bubbling mud pools, fumaroles and geysers. Our self-guided nature trails offer the opportunity to explore these landscapes on foot, at your leisure.
Our nature walks are low-difficulty, range in length from 5 minutes to 50 minutes, and require only comfortable shoes and, when required, weather-appropriate clothing.
15 – 20 minutes
Tamaheke Track is a short, easy and highly scenic walk where you’ll traverse through Manuka scrub, past boiling pools and steaming bores.
We have recently renovated a boardwalk that crosses over the colourful Te Roto A Tamaheke (Lake of Tamaheke), whose hot spring-filled waters honour a chief who lived in the area long ago. This lake has a number of hot springs that heat it above boiling point.
As a standalone walk, or as an extension of your time on the Tamaheke Track, follow Huarere Street, before turning onto the Werenga Track. Here you can view a large mud pool and the Whakarewarewa Anglican Church.
From there you can rejoin Tamaheke Track, carrying along the boardwalk, or you can return to Whakarewarewa Village.
40 – 50 minutes
For a longer journey and spectacular views, our extended track past Roto Kanapanapa (Green Lake) onto Lake Kanapanapa is a great option. Infused with a mixture of geothermal minerals, this lake is green in colour and has a warm temperature.
Roto Kanapanapa was formerly used by the village Tohunga (priest) in ceremonial funeral processes. Continue along the track, past several hill top lookout points, for great views of Whakarewarewa Village, Rotorua City, Mokoia Island, steaming lakes as well as two Pa (fortified villages) sites of the Tūhourangi Ngāti Wāhiao people.
Access to the self-guided walking tracks of Whakarewarewa – The Living Māori Village are included in the price of village entry
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.Find out more >
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.Find out more >
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!Find out more >