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

Discover Rotorua Morning City Tour

Discover Rotorua Morning City Tour

Half-day Coach Tour - Rotorua - Starting from $152.00 per person

Discover Rotorua's leading attractions on this five-hour morning tour. Highlights include the bubbling mud pools and steaming geysers at the Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve, carving and weaving demonstrations at the Maori Arts and Crafts Institute, Rainbow Springs and a hands on farming experience at the Agrodome Sheep Show. Upgrade your touring to include a Rotorua Skyline Gondola ride or a visit to the Hobbiton Movie Set. More...

2-Day Hobbiton, Rotorua and Waitomo Tour from Auckland

2-Day Hobbiton, Rotorua and Waitomo Tour from Auckland

Overnight Tour - Auckland - Starting from $840.00 per person

Join this exciting 2-day tour for the chance to visit the Hobbiton Move Set, Rotorua and Waitomo Caves! Experience a wide range of unique activities, local culture and geothermal activity. Admission fees, accommodation, and most meals included. More...

Tauranga Shore Excursion: Lord of the Rings Hobbiton Movie Set Tour Including Rotorua Sightseeing

Tauranga Shore Excursion: Lord of the Rings Hobbiton Movie Set Tour Including Rotorua Sightseeing

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...

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

See Waitomo Caves & Rotorua’s highlights in just one day from Auckland!

Visit Waitomo famous Glowworm Caves and see glow worms, stalagmites and stalactites. You then have the choice to experience the Agrodome Farm Tour, the Skyline Gondola or relax and enjoy the Polynesian Spa.

In the afternoon the tour group rejoins for the Te Puia Maori Concert to see some of NZs indigenous people's customs, followed by a guided walk with a Maori guide... More...

Hobbiton, Rotorua and Waitomo Caves Day Trip

Hobbiton, Rotorua and Waitomo Caves Day Trip

Day Tour - Auckland - Starting from $380.00 per person

Experience this exciting tour of Hobbiton that is perfect for anyone looking to add a little fantasy to their holiday. This tour will bring you to the movie set in Hobbiton, where you will be swept away into the world of The Hobbit. After that you will travel to Rotorua for lunch and visit the Waitomo Caves.
This tour is flexible with options to leave from and return to Auckland, leave from Auckland and finish in Rotorua, leave from and return to Rotorua, or leave from Rotorua and finish in... More...


Tour Rotorua

Tour Rotorua Area

Broekhaven Country CottageBroekhaven Country Cottage - Bed and Breakfast, Cottage, Farmstay.

Welcome to Broekhaven - "An unforgettable place to stay". Award winning Bed & Breakfast 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010 & 2011....

Tauranga Shore Excursion: Private Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland and Whakarewarewa Maori Cultural VillageTauranga Shore Excursion: Private Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland and Whakarewarewa Maori Cultural Village - Ports of Call Tour - Tauranga. Starting from $225.00 per person.

Visit two of Rotorua’s most famous sites, Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland and Whakarewarewa (The Living Maori Village),...

 

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