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  • Address: 17 Tryon Street, Whakarewarewa, Rotorua
  • Hours: Open Daily 8:30am - 5pm
  • Admission: Adults: NZ$29, Children (5-12yrs): NZ$13

For over 200 years, the people of the Maori tribe of Tuhourangi - Ngati Wahiao have lived near the geothermal activity of Whakarewarewa; but in 1998, they established a charitable trust through which they were able to create a unique, independent tourism experience.

Called the Living Thermal Village, Te Whakarewarewa is a visitor experience similar to Amish country in that you get to experience a way of life that has remained relatively unchanged since the early 1800s. Through cultural tours, villagers welcome visitors into their homes and demonstrate Maori heritage and traditions in the best way possible - by living it. You'll walk through the village with a guide and participate in communal activities. Since the residents live and work in the attraction, guests may take part in anything from a wedding to a funeral to ceremonial tribal gatherings. Ceremony and cultural performances occur daily, including the famous hangi feast.

Along with the Living Village,  Whakarewarewa is also known for its geothermal valley and largest geyser in the Southern hemisphere, the Pohutu Geyser, which erupts up to 20 times a day!

Part of what makes Whakarewarewa Village unique is in the way the village has utilized the surrounding geothermal resources. Completely sustainable for over 200 years, the Whakarewarewa way of life makes use of springs and vents for activities such as cooking and the natural mineral springs for communal bathing.

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