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:
Ports of Call Tour - Tauranga - Starting from $144.00 per person
Take in the highlights of New Zealand's most beautiful city, Rotorua, when your cruise ship docks in Tauranga. Receive a traditional welcome at Whakarewarewa, New Zealand’s only authentic living Maori village, and explore the Rotorua region, where otherworldly geysers, lunar landscapes, scenic countryside and Maori culture come together. More...
Ports of Call Tour - Tauranga - Starting from $139.00 per person
Immerse yourself in the highlights of the geothermal capital of the world - Rotorua. Come with on a small group, friendly tour to see Pohutu Geyser, pools of bubbling mud, a Maori concert including the haka, artisans at work with greenstone, flax and wood plus the stunning Government Gardens, Rachel's Pool, Rotorua Lakefront and a whole lot more.
Indulge your tastebuds with a kiwifruit tasting as well as enjoying beautiful scenery, tranquil lakes and forested gorges. You... More...
Mountain Bike Tour - Rotorua - Starting from $130.00 per person
Rotorua is a fantastic destination for adventure seekers. At the heart of it all is the Whakarewarewa Redwood forest, just 5min from the city centre. With over 160kms of twisting, turning mountain bike trails it's no wonder that it has quickly become one of the top riding trail networks in the world. This world famous mountain bike forest track caters for all abilities, all year round due to its vast variety of trails and mild temperate climate. More...
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...
Ports of Call Tour - Tauranga - Starting from $199.00 per person
There is something for everyone on this small-group tour to the geothermal heartland of New Zealand - Rotorua. See Pohutu Geyser, pools of bubbling mud, a Maori concert including the haka, artisans at work with flax and wood, the kiwi bird, and iconic Rotorua scenery. Take a cable car ride to the top of Mt Ngongotaha for a chance to luge downhill, zip-line, sample wine, or just enjoy the magnificent views. More...
Offering accommodation with free Wi-Fi and a hot tub, Malones Motel is just 4 minutes’ drive from central Rotorua....