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

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Overview
To experience Maori culture, Whakarewarewa is a standout attraction in Rotorua offering visitors the chance to unpack the local history, traditions, and way of life. Get more out of your visit with this guided tour, where you can enjoy the Maori poi dance and haka, dine on an optional meal of traditional hangi cuisine—cooked with geothermal heat—and enjoy free time to visit the village's homes, workshops, and science center.
Highlights
  • Explore Whakarewarewa—the the Living Maori Village—with this tour, and show
  • Uncover Maori culture through crafts, architecture, and live performance
  • Visit an ancestral meeting house, and stop to view the Pohutu Geyser erupt
  • Choose the tour time that's convenient, in the morning or early afternoon
Important Information
Duration
4h
Inclusions
  • Cultural show (11:15/14:00 daily. 12:30 only in summer)
  • Guided tour - 9.00am, 10.00am, 12.00pm, 1.00pm, 2.30pm, 3.00pm, 4.00pm
  • Hangi meal (if option selected. Café open from 11:00-14:00)
  • Entry/Admission - Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village
Exclusions
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
165Reviews
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lampug wrote a review Mar 2020
Essex, United Kingdom114 contributions26 helpful votes
We just missed the last haka show but made the tour that followed. The uniqueness of this place is that it is a village where Maori still live in and the guide was also a Maori so he was speaking with some authority of their culture and life style in this place. It was good to
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Response from WTVT, Team at Whakarewarewa, The Living Maori Village Guided Tour with Optional Hangi Meal
Responded 31 Mar 2020
Kia ora, Thank you for your lovely review of Whakarewarewa – The Living Māori Village and recommending our experience. We're a family-owned business and have been welcoming visitors for over 100 years. We thrive on giving our manuhiri (visitors) the opportunity to take a glimpse into our unique indigenous Maori culture through the sharing of our kai (food), cultural performance, sacred landscape and history. Delighted to hear you enjoyed your time with us. We hope you choose to visit us again sometime soon. Ngā Mihi Whakarewarewa Team
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Julian W wrote a review Mar 2020
Singapore, Singapore257 contributions51 helpful votes
The one show you must see when you are in Rotorua. The guide is very knowledgeable and friendly and he will walk you through the village, telling you all the interesting and essential bits about life in the village. The walk is easy and insightful, plenty of chance for you to
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Response from WTVT, Team at Whakarewarewa, The Living Maori Village Guided Tour with Optional Hangi Meal
Responded 31 Mar 2020
Tena koe, We appreciate the review you have given us, it seems like you ticked off all the highlights of what we offer here. Delighted to hear that you experience the walking tracks surrounding the village. We absolutely encourage manuhiri (guests) to make use of their time here and go off the ‘beaten track’ to see everything we have to offer here. Thanks for choosing to visit us. Whakarewarewa Team
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Leo S wrote a review Mar 2020
Upper Hutt, New Zealand30 contributions1 helpful vote
Enjoyed the fact that the village was actually a lived in one. Not so that the guide seemed a bit hurried and knowledge of history not as in depth as I would have liked. Maybe being so young she hadn’t yet learned it all yet.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Response from WTVT, Team at Whakarewarewa, The Living Maori Village Guided Tour with Optional Hangi Meal
Responded 24 Mar 2020
Kia Ora First of all, thank you so much for taking the time to visit our home. We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed our cultural performance, our team are top-notch. We'll take your comments about the guided tour on board and discuss with our team. Whakarewarewa Team
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aussiepom53 wrote a review Mar 2020
Newcastle, Australia110 contributions42 helpful votes
We didn't know this amazing place was so close to a hotel we booked on a tour of the North Island. The tour was wonderful, the guide funny and informative and the place out of this world. The cultural performance was funny and enjoyable. We felt very lucky to have had such a
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Response from WTVT, Team at Whakarewarewa, The Living Maori Village Guided Tour with Optional Hangi Meal
Responded 24 Mar 2020
Kia ora! We appreciate and love reading reviews like this! Yes, our guides here at Whakarewarewa are of first-class service with their knowledge of the land and its history being top-notch. Our landscape truly is something else, the mud pools geysers and steaming vents all add to the Village along with the birds and trees plus the Maori culture! It is really an experience you should not miss. We truly thank you and hope that you visit us again some time. Whakarewarewa Team
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MaryKnightsriders wrote a review Mar 2020
South Australia, Australia40 contributions7 helpful votes
Enjoyed the tour and stories. The cultural performance was a lot of fun getting us involved in singing and dancing. The children diving for coins and having a chance to understand how the hot springs are used in Maori villages.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Response from WTVT, Team at Whakarewarewa, The Living Maori Village Guided Tour with Optional Hangi Meal
Responded 24 Mar 2020
Tena Koe, Glad to hear you had a wonderful Maori cultural experience, it is what we strive for with all our visitors. our guided tours are very informative and we would recommend this for someone who doesn’t know much about Rotorua and Maori culture we have very informative tours about the culture and heritage of Rotorua and the tribes that occupied the lands to this very day. Thank you for your awesome review and we hope to see you again sometime soon. Ngā mihi, Whakarewarewa Team
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O6866WZkatiej
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Inspiring and touching !!
Probably one of the best experiences I had in New Zealand. The villagers were so welcoming and friendly. Went into
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JJJP
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Laid Back Informative Tour
The visit started with a guided tour which was informal, anecdotal but enthusiastic and interesting. The Maori show
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TravelinSuz
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Best of Rotorua area
There’s thermal hots springs, geysers, local indigenous culture and more. What else could you want? Wow
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Bob H
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Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village, Rotorua
My wife & I visited this attraction and had a very enjoyable time. It is very interesting and well worth a visit...
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Andreas C
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What makes the difference: here the Malri still live in their village
Although this is touristic affair and enterprise to create income for the local Maori community it is still an auth
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leonardl547
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Amazing experience
Compared to the other Maori villages, this Māori Village is owned and operated by local residents. We enjoyed walki
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KarenM1_10
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Worth the trip
We visited Whakarewarewa on a tour that was offered by our cruise line. Our guide was very good and provided infor
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Joy C
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Good Lunch, Sadly Maintained Village
The tour was interesting. At one point, our guide was telling us about her ancestors, dilapidated home and why woul
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DE985
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Missed this on two occasions in the past
I loved the arch at the being, we had a lovely time walking around the houses and hot springs the greeting and sing
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positiveconnexions
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What a Welcome
The welcome at Whakarewarewa brought me to tears. I felt I had been travelling for decades and finally made it home
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Bownairo
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Must see
Amazing tour and cultural experience, great to support these people. Great walking path through the hot springs.
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Hef2
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Excellent glimpse at Maori culture
We visited this gem on the outskirts of Rotorua. Straight away we felt welcomed by the staff. The experience involv
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kayak56
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Amazing experience!
Fabulous experience!! We took in the 12:30 cultural show - awesome entertainment - music, dancing and very good edu
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AlfNovaScotia
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Informative and great value
Very informative, fun and beautiful. Our guide “Chief” was excellent!! Knowledgeable, passionate and just the right
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D1317WIchris
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One of the most interesting places we have visited
This experience was a very pleasant experience for us. The village isn’t just an authentic replica of a Maori villa
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