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


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

Hobbiton Movie Set & The Living Maori Geothermal Village, Small Group Rotorua Day Combo Tour

Hobbiton Movie Set & The Living Maori Geothermal Village, Small Group Rotorua Day Combo Tour

Day Tour - Rotorua - Starting from $250.00 per person

Two Top Attractions!
The Hobbiton Movie Set official guided tour and the Authentic Maori Living Village at Te Whakarewarewa Geothermal Valley with official Maori Guide including Cultural performance!

Small Group:  All inclusive day tour with pickup from your accomodation including Airbnb!

Local Maori Guide take's you through a strange landscape of sights, sounds and smells. Marvel at the way the Maori's have tamed... More...

Rotorua Lakes Stand-Up Paddle (SUP) Scenic Tour

Rotorua Lakes Stand-Up Paddle (SUP) Scenic Tour

Water Activity - Rotorua - Starting from $90.00 per person

Enjoy the Rotorua Lakes scenery with views only available by water on an amazing 2.5-hour stand-up paddle board scenic tour. Departing Rotorua you will pass the Redwoods-Whakarewarewa forest and Lake Tikitapu before arriving at your lake tour destination. With knowledgeable and expert local guides ensuring you can master stand-up paddle boarding you will take to the waters exploring the sites and shorelines of either Lake Tarawera, Lake Tikitapu or Lake Okareka each with their own unique... More...

Tauranga Shore Excursion: Rotorua, Te Puia, and Polynesian Spa Tour

Tauranga Shore Excursion: Rotorua, Te Puia, and Polynesian Spa Tour

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...

Shore Excursion: Geothermal Rotorua with Maori Cultural Performance at Whakarewarewa

Shore Excursion: Geothermal Rotorua with Maori Cultural Performance at Whakarewarewa

Ports of Call Tour - Tauranga - Starting from $129.00 per person

New Year special only $129 save $10.......Voted our most popular Tour 

Enjoy a full-day guided tour from your cruise ship arrival in Tauranga. This tour is perfect for people wanting a great day sightseeing this diverse area including Tauranga, Mt Maunganui and Rotorua with a focus on the geothermal area with entry to Whakarewarewa, "The living Maori Village." See the stunning Pohutu Geyser and bubbling mud pool. Enjoy a 1-hour guided tour with a local guide to learn about the... More...

Hangi Pie Experience

Hangi Pie Experience

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...

Te Puia Hot Springs HotelTe Puia Hot Springs Hotel - Hotel.

Set in Te Puia, Te Puia Hot Springs Hotel features a terrace and a shared lounge. Boasting room service, this property...

Private Full-Day Rotorua Tour from AucklandPrivate Full-Day Rotorua Tour from Auckland - Private Tour - Auckland. Starting from $470.00 per person.

Get ready to explore the amazing Rotorua. Rotorua is New Zealand's ultimate holiday destination for locals and overseas...


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