• TE WHAKAREWAREWA Geothermal Valley

The Geothermal Features of

Whakarewarewa Village

One of the highlights of visiting Rotorua is getting up close and personal with the natural geothermal features across the region.

Whakarewarewa Valley is an active geothermal area with hot pools, boiling mud and geysers. Māori people have lived here for centuries, co-existing in harmony with the geothermal forces that lay beneath their feet.

Born of Legend

In Māori myths and legends it is said that when Te Hoata and Te Pupu (Goddesses of Fire) travelled from Hawaiki in the form of fire to relieve their brother’s chills, they created New Zealand’s volcanoes, mud pools, geysers and hot springs. Their path through Te Whakarewarewa Valley remains alive and visible to this day.

More to Explore

Take advantage of your time at Whakarewarewa and explore the geothermal landscape that makes the Village so unique. There are multiple ways to appreciate the geothermal treasures that live beneath the ground at Whakarewarewa, whether you want to be mesmerised by the boiling mud, or, learn more about the geological forces created Whakarewarewa over millennia.

Steaming geothermal hot pools

Geology of Whakarewarewa

Learn about the Earth Science forces that formed Whakarewarewa, The Living Māori Village hundreds of years ago, and are still in effect today.

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The GNS Building at Whakarewarewa

GNS Earth Science Facility

Find out more about the important, on-going research that takes place on-site at Whakarewarewa, and what you will find in the Village’s Te Mātāpuna o Papatūānuku, or GNS Room.

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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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  • "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