Discover the unique lifestyle and traditions of the thermal village of Whakarewarewa.
Check with your hotel reception desk for the local bus schedule and catch a bus (or taxi) to the village (own arrangements – not included).
Set amidst a landscape of erupting geothermal activity, hot thermal springs and hot bubbling mud pools is the Living Maori village of Whakarewarewa situated in Rotorua, the heart of the North Island.
Sit down, relax, and enjoy the cultural performances the Maori village performs while they entertain and thrill your senses through the medium of performing arts. Their melodious voices accompanied by hand movements tell the stories of their heritage, past and present. Through your tour you will learn the explanation of village lifestyles, the interpretation of traditions and culture, the history and legends, the explanation of the local kohanga reo, while viewing the Ancestral Meeting House, Geothermal Features, and Pohutu Geyers. Be enlightened by participating in the interactive activities which may include weaving, displays of musical instruments & weaponry or learn a waiata-a-ringa (action song) and/or haka.
Opening Hours: Daily: 8:30am – 5:00pm (Closed Christmas Day)
1-Hour Guided Tours Depart at 9:00am, 10:00am, 1:00pm, 2:30pm, 3:00pm & 4:00pm with 30-min Cultural Performances at 11:15am and 2:00pm (additional 12:30pm performance in Summer months only); Your Sweet Corn Cooked in Parekohuru can be collected from the Hot pool where it is cooked between the hours of 10:00am and 3:00pm, or from the café before 10:00am or between 3:00pm and 4:00pm.