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 - Auckland - Starting from $320.00 per person
Visit the Hobbiton Movie Set and Rotorua including sightseeing and Lunch. All sightseeing is completed by 4:30pm and you can finish at Rotorua or return to Auckland. If you are staying in Rotorua you will be dropped at your accommodation or a central location in Rotorua, before we leave to go back to Auckland. Our small group tours have a maximum size of 14 passengers and no minimum numbers are required. More...
Ports of Call Tour - Tauranga - Starting from $795.00 per person
A fun and informative tour with an experienced local guide showcasing the iconic Mount Maunganui, beautiful sandy beaches and million dollar homes plus many Rotorua and Tauranga's highlights. Also includes a visit to Kiwifruit Country Store for a kiwifruit tasting, orchard tour and souvenirs, plus beautiful beaches waterfalls and much more.
In Rotorua visit the Geothermal area at either the living Maori Village at Whakarewarewa or Te Puia and immerse yourself in Maori culture. See the... More...
Ports of Call Tour - Tauranga - Starting from $156.00 per person
When your cruise ship docks in Tauranga, gain insights into New Zealand's rich Maori culture and amazing geothermal hot springs on a shore excursion to Rotorua. Travel through the North Island’s spectacular countryside of rolling farmland and forest, and discover Rotorua's natural thermal phenomena of Geyers and boiling mud. Your shore excursion also takes you to Te Puia Maori Cultural Centre to watch a fascinating cultural display, and introduces you to the taste of kiwifruit at Kiwi 360. With... More...
Ports of Call Tour - Tauranga - Starting from $209.00 per person
See the creatures that make New Zealand their home and experience the thrill of the Big Splash water flume ride on this educational and fun-packed small-group tour. Visit Te Puia to see Pohutu Geyser and pools of bubbling mud, be treated to a Maori concert including the haka, see artisans at work with flax and wood and take some time at the Kiwifruit Country Store to sample the iconic Kiwifruit. More...
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...