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
Looking for cruise ship shore excursions from Tauranga, Mount Maunganui or Auckland? Arrow Tours can create an itinerary to suit your group and offer a personally guided tour in one of our luxurious air conditioned minivans. More...
Attraction - Rotorua - Starting from $48.26 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...
Ports of Call Tour - Tauranga - Starting from $225.00 per person
Experience the amazing geothermal activity of hissing steam vents, bubbling water and boiling mud when your cruise ship is in port in Tauranga. Explore Wai-O-Tapu’s thermal wonderland of turquoise hot springs and see Pohutu Geyser blow its top at Whakarewarewa thermal village, New Zealand's only authentic living Maori village. This shore excursion takes you to the Rotorua region’s two most famous geothermal sites, revealing Mother Nature’s majestic power. More...
Ports of Call Tour - Tauranga - Starting from $256.00 per person
Enter a world of hobbits and hot pools when your cruise ship is in port in Tauranga. This shore excursion to Middle Earth takes you on a tour of the Hobbiton movie set, which featured in 'The Hobbit' and 'The Lord of the Rings' trilogy. Enjoy a traditional Maori welcome at the living thermal village of Whakarewarewa, and witness the astounding thermal activity of spouting geysers and steaming hot springs. If time allows, play dress ups and pose as Bilbo or Gandalf when you stop for an impromptu... More...
Ports of Call Tour - Tauranga - Starting from $140.00 per person
Take in the highlights of New Zealand's most beautiful city, Rotorua, when your cruise ship docks in Tauranga. Receive a traditional welcome at Whakarewarewa, New Zealand’s only authentic living Maori village, and explore the Rotorua region, where otherworldly geysers, lunar landscapes, scenic countryside and Maori culture come together. More...