Whakarewarewa Geothermal Area - Whakarewarewa Rotorua New Zealand. Maori village, geyers, hot pools and mud pools. Pohutu Geyser.
Hot pools at Whakarewarewa, Rotorua

Whakarewarewa

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.


Hot springs at Whakarewarewa, Rotorua

Pohutu Geyser

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.


Te Puia

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.


Maori performance at Whakarewarewa, Rotorua

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!



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This week's featured activities in Whakarewarewa are:

Featured Activities

Tauranga Shore Excursion: Rotorua Sightseeing Tour Including Tauranga and Mt. Maunganui

Tauranga Shore Excursion: Rotorua Sightseeing Tour Including Tauranga and Mt. Maunganui

Ports of Call Tour - Rotorua - Starting from $109.00 per person

While you’re in Port Of Tauranga, explore the geothermal landscapes beneath the earths surface on this 6.5-hour Rotorua sightseeing tour. An overview of Tauranga and Mt Maunganui see beautiful beaches and million dollar homes plus visit a Kiwifruit orchard including a Tour and fruit tastings before a 45 minute drive to Rotorua.Take in top natural sites of interest such as Blue Lake, Okere Falls, and Redwood Forest, and gain insight into New Zealand’s diverse plant and animal life. Marvel at... More...

Tauranga Shore Excursion: Rotorua Highlights

Tauranga Shore Excursion: Rotorua Highlights

Ports of Call Tour - Tauranga - Starting from $149.00 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...

Private Tour: Rotorua and Waitomo Caves Day Trip from Auckland

Private Tour: Rotorua and Waitomo Caves Day Trip from Auckland

Private Tour - Auckland - Starting from $715.00 per person

Enjoy a day trip from Auckland to Rotorua with the opportunity to explore the Waitomo Glowworm Caves. Your chauffeur will pick you up from your desired place in Auckland city, and then get ready to enjoy the amazing Rotorua!
Rotorua is New Zealand's ultimate holiday destination for locals and overseas visitors. The Waitomo Caves, one of the North Island's most popular attractions. With beautiful caverns and brightly lit glowworms, this sightseeing experience will be one you won't ever... More...

Full-Day Waitomo and Rotorua Tour from Auckland

Full-Day Waitomo and Rotorua Tour from Auckland

Day Tour - Auckland - Starting from $335.00 per person

Explore the top attractions of New Zealand’s Waikato region on this full-day Waitomo and Rotorua tour from Auckland. Travel through King’s Country to the magical Waitomo Caves with a guide, and discover millions of bright glowworms in the subterranean caverns. After lunch, explore Rotorua’s geothermal geysers and mud pools, then catch a traditional Maori performance. Experience life on a working farm or upgrade your tour to take the Skyline Gondola over Rotorua, or for a little pampering at a... More...

Te Puia Maori Arts and Crafts Institute with Optional Cultural Performance

Te Puia Maori Arts and Crafts Institute with Optional Cultural Performance

Attraction - Rotorua - Starting from $52.00 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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New Zealand's only Cultural Destination Spa Resort. Stay and indulge yourself in our 4.5 star luxury, lakeside...

Shore Excursion: Te Puia, Jet Boat and Mokoia Island from TaurangaShore Excursion: Te Puia, Jet Boat and Mokoia Island from Tauranga - Ports of Call Tour - Tauranga. Starting from $249.00 per person.

Culture, geothermals, exhilaration, kiwifruit and beautiful scenery await you on this unique small group tour of...

 

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