We’d love our experience to be enjoyed by the locals more regularly. So we’ve come up with a local’s rate to entice you to keep coming back!
We define locals in the wider sense of the word! For us, locals are all residents living in Rotorua, Taupo, Tokoroa, Tirau, Waihi, Tauranga, Whakatane, Opotiki, Mangakino, Putaruru – and everywhere in between! Check out our map to see where you fit in.
Our Cultural Experience includes entry into our Pā (village) and includes a guided tour, which takes place on the hour, every hour. Enjoy the sweet sound of our in-house cultural performance group, Te Pakira, twice daily at 11.15am and 2.00pm (there’s a third concert in summer at 12.30pm, ending 22 April). Don’t forget to bring some comfy walking shoes so you can check out Pōhutu Geyser, the largest geyser in the Southern Hemisphere, as well as explore our unique nature walks, our colourful steaming lakes and thermal pools!
We recommend taking three hours to enjoy our Cultural Experience package, but you are also welcome to stay all day! There are souvenir shops and yummy food options from our cafe (make sure you try our world-famous hangi pie!).
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 >
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.Find out more >
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. Accessible only by boat or on foot via the Tarawera Trail. The campground is at the end of the Tarawera Trail.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 >