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

Arrow Tours

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Day Tour - Rotorua

Looking for cruise ship shore excursions from Tauranga, Mount Maunganui or Auckland? Arrow Tours can create an itinerary to suit your group and offer a personally guided tour in one of our luxurious air conditioned minivans. More...

Whakarewarewa, The Living Maori Village Guided Tour with Optional Hangi Meal

Whakarewarewa, The Living Maori Village Guided Tour with Optional Hangi Meal

Attraction - Rotorua - Starting from $35.00 per person

Enjoy an authentic Maori cultural experience at Whakarewarewa, The Living Maori Village set in the geothermal region of Rotorua. A local guide takes you on a tour of the village’s highlights and shares stories about the way of life, history, craft traditions and land, including the famous Pohutu and Prince of Wales geysers. Watch a cultural show with traditional dance and song then have time afterward to explore on your own. For a real treat, opt to include a ‘hangi’ meal of traditional foods... More...

Tauranga Shore Excursion: Te Puia Maori Cultural Centre and Rotorua City Sightseeing

Tauranga Shore Excursion: Te Puia Maori Cultural Centre and Rotorua City Sightseeing

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...

Tauranga Shore Excursion: Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland and Whakarewarewa Maori Cultural Village

Tauranga Shore Excursion: Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland and Whakarewarewa Maori Cultural Village

Ports of Call Tour - Tauranga - Starting from $225.00 per person

Experience the amazing geothermal activity of hissing steam vents, bubbling water and boiling mud when your cruise ship is in port in Tauranga. Explore Wai-O-Tapu’s thermal wonderland of turquoise hot springs and see Pohutu Geyser blow its top at Whakarewarewa thermal village, New Zealand's only authentic living Maori village. This shore excursion takes you to the Rotorua region’s two most famous geothermal sites, revealing Mother Nature’s majestic power. More...

Discover Rotorua Morning City Tour

Discover Rotorua Morning City Tour

Half-day Coach Tour - Rotorua - Starting from $148.00 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...


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