|Whakarewarewa Geothermal Area - Whakarewarewa Rotorua New Zealand. Maori village, geyers, hot pools and mud pools. Pohutu Geyser.|
Incorporating the magnificence of the geothermal landscape and the unique experience of a traditional Maori village,
Whakarewarewa is a place of natural wonder and spiritual significance. 500 hot springs and 65 geyser vents are set
among the distinctly colourful sinter terraces and pools that make up Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley. Only three
kilometres from Rotorua, it is an extremely popular tourism destination.
Whakarewarewa is home of the largest geyser in New Zealand: the mighty Pohutu Geyser erupts up to 15 times a day and
shoots hot water around 30 meters (100 feet) skywards. Pohutu means "big splash" or "explosion". Each geyser
in the Whakarewarewa area has its own name.
This spectacular display of nature's power was put under threat as its geothermal resource was tapped into for
domestic and commercial heating. Fortunately for Pohutu and for the thousands of tourists both national and
international who come to see it every year, the local government closed these drains in the late 1980's and today
Pohutu and its fellow geysers are well on the way to their original majesty.
Whakarewarewa is known as the Living Thermal Village. Maori have lived at this site for 700 years, and today it
is home to the New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute, the guardian-place of Maori arts, crafts and culture.
At the heart of Whakarewarewa is the Pa, a Maori village where you may roam among the whares (traditional carved
houses) and marvel at how the indigenous peoples of New Zealand lived not so very long ago. Daily guided tours provide
a glimpse into how the Maori of this region lived in harmony with the abundantly resourceful geothermal environment.
The Whakarewarewa Experience
Be entertained and awed by the traditional Maori cultural performances incorporating melodious voice, stimulating
movement and respect of the land and their ancestors. Truly moving and divinely unique, the Whakarewarewa experience
is not to be missed.
Having had your fill of the sights, the sounds and the aromas, relax at the cafe and enjoy corn on the cob cooked
fresh in the steaming waters of the hot springs or try a traditional Hangi meal, cooked in a pit of hot stones and
layers of flax and earth. What could be closer to an authentic Maori experience!
See a complete list of Whakarewarewa activities.
This week's featured activities in Whakarewarewa are:
Day Tour - Rotorua - Starting from $178.00 per person
Combine two of Rotorua's most popular attractions on this full-day small group tour from Rotorua.
Begin with a drive through the lush countryside heading to the infamous Lady Knox Geyser which regularly erupts every day at 10:15AM.
After which Discover Wai-o-tapu !
New Zealand’s most colourful volcanic area with the opportunity to experience a geothermal wonderland of volcanic activity, thousands of years in the making,
Then explore the Living... More...
Maori - Rotorua - Starting from $58.00 per person
Nestled amongst a Geothermal wonderland sits the Living Maori Village of Te Whakarewarewa.
View the spectacular landscape of geothermal pools and erupting geysers as you join in a guided tour learning of our Maori Culture, History and Traditions that have been passed down through generations. Sit back and relax to the melodious sounds of Te Pakira Cultural performers as they serenade you with songs and dance from our people. Tantalise your taste buds with a Hangi Pie Meal for lunch.... More...
Ports of Call Tour - Tauranga - Starting from $99.00 per person
The best way to experience top Tauranga destination - Rotorua!
Inc: Admission to Hellsgate Geothermal Park - see details below "What You Can Expect"
Enjoy freedom to do as you please, spend as long as you please at each place, not tied to rigid itinerary, compulsory visits you have no interest in, or excessive/insufficient time at an attraction.
Full commentary on tour - all... More...
Ports of Call Tour - Tauranga - Starting from $199.00 per person
While you’re in port in Tauranga, take in top attractions around the Bay of Plenty on this 8-hour tour of Rotorua, Te Puia, and the Polynesian Spa. Travel through pretty Kiwifruit orchards to Te Puia with a guide and visit the Maori Arts and Crafts Institute. Discover powerful vents and bubbling mud pools in the geothermal Whakarewarewa Valley, and marvel at the famous Pohutu geyser. Afterward, finish your tour in style with a relaxing soak at the Polynesian Spa. This tour includes pickup and... More...
Attraction - Rotorua - Starting from $54.00 per person
Experience the culture and history of Te Puia, the New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute. Set in a stunning geothermal location with steaming vents, boiling mud pools and spectacular geysers, Te Puia celebrates New Zealand’s Maori traditions. See a native kiwi bird, watch world-famous Pohutu Geyser vent plumes of steam and see the traditional skills of woodcarving and weaving. Upgrade to include the Te Puia cultural performance to watch the warlike haka dance and skilful stick game, and... More...
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