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Whakarewarewa Maori Village brings traditional living to life

May 29, 2009
Whakarewarewa Maori Village brings traditional living to life

Whakarewarewa Maori Village, Rotorua, gives a clear picture of Maori lifestyle and traditions in a geothermal city where the forces of nature steam and hiss and it is just around the corner from Te Puia off Tyron Street.

The living Maori village of Whakarewarewa is set in a landscape of erupting geothermal activity, hot thermal springs and bubbling mud

The Whakarewarewa Thermal Village Tours began in 1998 under the umbrella of the Whakarewarewa Village Charitable Trust.

The village experience is not owned by any particular organisation or individual rather it is a way of life, a legacy passed down through the generations which continues today.

The people of Tuhourangi - Ngati Wahiao (a Maori family tribe) have lived in and around the geothermal activity of Whakarewarewa for over 200 years.

The land upon which the tours are guided belongs to many numerous family groups, who generously allow visitors to participate in their communal lifestyle incorporating Maori culture and traditions.

The geothermal activity is used in everyday life with hot springs and steam vents used for cooking (natural cook tops and ovens) and the natural mineral waters used for communal bathing.

In this active community events within the village change with the pace of village life and visitors can find themselves part of tribal gathering, funerals or weddings.

Guides share stories of the Maori migration from the legendary homeland Hawaiiki to Aotearoa, New Zealand.

The heart of the village is the Whare Tupuna (ancestral house) is of great significance to the people of this village. This building preserves and retains carved and woven panels which display the genealogy, history and culture of the Tuhourangi, Ngati Wahiao tribe.

Boiling  mud pool Rotorua
Boiling mud pool Rotorua

Every pool, geyser or fumarole in the entire valley has a name. These features are named after ancestors, events or incidents and are a part of the history of the tribe.

Visitors can take part in interactive activities which may include weaving, displays of musical instruments, weaponry or learn a waiata-a-ringa (action song) or haka.

Opening Hours:

7 days per week

From 8.30am 5.00pm

Closed Christmas Day

Guided Tour Times:


Cultural Performance Times:

11.15am and 2.00pm

(Included in price of admission)

Hangi Meals:

Served Daily between 12.00pm 2.00pm

Last Tickets Sales at 4.15pm

Editors Note: Also See -

Information Centre Rotorua
Information Centre Rotorua
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