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

Arrow Tours

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...

Te Puia Maori Cultural Tour and Steambox Lunch

Te Puia Maori Cultural Tour and Steambox Lunch

Lunch - Rotorua - Starting from $98.00 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...

Rotorua Full-Day Tour Including Maori Culture, Geysers, Mudpools and Mt Maunganui

Rotorua Full-Day Tour Including Maori Culture, Geysers, Mudpools and Mt Maunganui

Maori - Tauranga - Starting from $159.00 per person

Enjoy this cruise ship excursion and discover Tauranga, Mount Maunganui, Rotorua, Matamata (Hobbiton) or Auckland. 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...

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...


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Te Puia Maori Arts and Crafts Institute with Optional Cultural Performance
Te Puia Maori Arts and Crafts Institute with Optional Cultural Performance - Attraction - Starting from $48.26 per person - Rotorua. Experience the culture and history of Te Puia, the New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute. Set in a stunning...
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