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!



See a complete list of Whakarewarewa activities.

This week's featured activities in Whakarewarewa are:

Featured Activities

2 Days Hobbiton, Waitomo and Rotorua-Private Transfers & Tours from Auckland

2 Days Hobbiton, Waitomo and Rotorua-Private Transfers & Tours from Auckland

Multi-day Tour - Auckland - Starting from $500.00 per person

Enjoy the best of the North Island on board your exclusive van with driver on this 2 day Private Transfers and Tours from Auckland (Return). Travel at your own pace and enjoy the benefits:
• Exclusive transfers (Van with luggage compartment)
• Hobbiton Movie Set Tour 
• Waitomo Glowworm Caves Tour
• Te Puia Geothermal day pass
• Sightseeing at Rotorua Government Gardens, Kuirau Park, Rotorua CBD & Shops (souvenir shopping), Blue Lake and the Redwoods (Whakarewarewa... More...

Hobbiton Movie Set and Rotorua's Geothermal Valley Tour departing Auckland

Hobbiton Movie Set and Rotorua's Geothermal Valley Tour departing Auckland

Movie Tour - Auckland - Starting from $365.00 per person

Visit the top two destinations in New Zealand in one amazing day trip!
Experience the real Middle-earth in a 2 hour fully guided tour inside the Hobbiton Movie Set, take photo's inside The Hobbit Holes & taste the locally brewed cider or beer in The Green Dragon Inn.
Then head to Rotorua where you will visit Te Puia & Whakarewarewa Geothermal Valley, where you'll come face to face with the largest Geyser in the Southern Hemisphere, jumping mudpools, and live kiwi birds, and hear our Maori... More...

Te Puia Maori Cultural Tour and Steambox Lunch

Te Puia Maori Cultural Tour and Steambox Lunch

Lunch - Rotorua - Starting from $108.00 per person

“How would you like that cooked?” will never sound the same after lunch in Te Whakarewarewa Geothermal Valley. Enjoy a meal cooked over steam vents, an ancient Maori technique that is still used today. As your lunch is being prepared, enjoy a 2.5-hour guided tour of Te Puia, the New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute, to gain insight into the traditional Maori lifestyle. Try your hand at weaving with flax and admire traditional carvings, then adjust your eyes in the Kiwi House to spot the... More...

Geothermal Highlights Tour to WaioTapu and the Maori Geothermal village -Rotorua

Geothermal Highlights Tour to WaioTapu and the Maori Geothermal village -Rotorua

Maori - Tauranga - Starting from $195.00 per person

Geothermal Highlights Tour
If you have been to Rotorua before, or have seen geysers in Yellowstone or Iceland and want something slightly different, then this is a tour worth considering.
Wai-o-Tapu (meaning Sacred Waters) is very different to all the other geothermal fields in New Zealand. Dissolved minerals have created spectacularly coloured pools and long silica terraces.
Whakarewrewa Maori Geothermal Village This little village is unique in the World. The ancestors of the families... More...

Waimangu Volcanic Valley with Option to add Wai-O-Tapu, Hobbiton or Whakarewarea

Waimangu Volcanic Valley with Option to add Wai-O-Tapu, Hobbiton or Whakarewarea

Attraction - Rotorua - Starting from $82.00 per person

Experience a half or full-day tour from Rotorua to the Geothermal wonders that the region is famous for. Your options include half or full-day tours to Waimangu Volcanic Valley. You may also like to add on a Hobbiton Movie Set, Huka Falls, Wai-O-Tapu or Whakarewarewa Living Maori Village Tour in the afternoon.

All tours include transport which is fully commentated by one of our legendary BALL team Driver-Guides.

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Hugo & Carters Lodge RotoruaHugo & Carters Lodge Rotorua - Lodge.

Situated in Rotorua in the Bay of Plenty region, with Te Puia and Rotorua International Stadium nearby, Hugo & Carters...

Rotorua Lakes Stand-Up Paddle (SUP) Scenic TourRotorua Lakes Stand-Up Paddle (SUP) Scenic Tour - Stand Up Paddleboarding - Rotorua. Starting from $90.00 per person.

Escape, Explore and Enjoy the Rotorua Lakes scenery with views only available by water on a 2.5-hour stand-up paddle...

 

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