Whakarewarewa (The Living Maori Village) Tours

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Whakarewarewa, the Living Maori Village, provides an opportunity for visitors to experience the culture and traditions of the Tuhourangi/Ngati Wahiao people. Travelers have made their way to this living geothermal Maori village since the early 1800s, and it’s here that they can witness how the local people prepare and cook their food in thermal vents using steam and also get the chance to sample the traditional hangi meals onsite.  

A highlight of any visit to Whakarewarewa is Maori Haka, a cultural performance that harmonizes traditional songs of Maori stories and legends, shared by welcoming Whakarewarewa tour guides. These iconic shows run twice daily and are set against the backdrop of the geothermal valley, with its geysers, hot pools, and bubbling mud providing a unique story-telling experience.



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Address: Rotorua, New Zealand
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Admission: Adults: NZ$35, Children (5-15yrs): NZ$15
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Whakarewarewa, The Living Maori Village Guided Tour with Optional Hangi Meal

Enjoy a cultural tour at Whakarewarewa, a living Maori village in Rotorua, where you’re treated to a performance of traditional dance and song. A local guide shares stories of Maori history, customs and craft traditions before walking you past the geothermal wonders of Pohutu and Prince of Wales geysers. Opt to include a ‘hangi’ meal of chicken, beef, sweet potato and dessert cooked the traditional way — in boiling hot pools and steam vents.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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$24.34 USD
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  • Duration: 6 hours
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$24.34 USD

1.5-Hour Rotorua Highlights Tour

Lying to the south east of Auckland, Rotorua is a land of geothermal pools, steaming geysers, and ancient Maori history. With this tour, explore Rotorua and take in the top attractions with ease. Hop into your vehicle and spin to sites of interest such as Government Gardens, Kuirau Park, Ohinemutu, the Polynesian Spa, and the Redwoods Forest. Stop along the way to capture the sites on camera, and listen as your guide sheds light on the region’s geothermal activities and Maori traditions.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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$34.07 USD
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  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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Waimangu Volcanic Valley with Option to add Wai-O-Tapu, Hobbiton or Whakarewarea

With spectacular natural beauty and rich traditional culture, New Zealand’s North Island features on many travellers’ must-visit lists. On this flexible tour, delve into the volcanic Waimangu Valley with your guide, and choose from a diverse range of adventures including Huka Falls, geothermal Wai-O-Tapu, or the Whakarewarewa Living Maori Village. With round-trip travel from central Rotorua included, see the best of New Zealand’s Rotorua region in one day.
  • Duration: 3.5 to 9 hrs
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$57.02 USD
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  • Duration: 3.5 to 9 hrs
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$57.02 USD

Rotorua and Geothermal Living Maori Village Tour

Learn how New Zealand’s Maori people have adapted to life among the geothermal activity of Rotorua on this small-group shore excursion from Tauranga. At the Living Maori Village, see how residents integrate natural elements like bubbling geysers, mud pools and steam vents into daily tasks, and watch a live cultural performance. You’ll also drive past gorgeous beaches, walk through an ancient redwood forest, and taste local kiwi fruit fresh from the farm on this immersive Bay of Plenty highlights tour.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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$100.83 USD
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  • Duration: 7 hours
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Guided Tauranga Shore Excursion to Rotorua Whakarewarewa and Wai-O-Tapu

This Tauranga shore excursion allows cruise passengers to explore Whakarewarewa and Wai-O-Tapu—one of New Zealand’s most colorful and diverse geothermal attractions. With a guide in the lead, there’s no need to worry about navigation, just take your time visiting geothermal landscapes and famous geysers. After a morning in Wai-O-Tapu, visit the Living Maori Village, and take a drive through Rotorua—also known as “Sulphur City” for its sulfur-rich air.
  • Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes
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$138.38 USD
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  • Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes
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$138.38 USD

Hangi Pie Experience

Combine cultural immersion and a culinary treat on the Hangi Pie Experience. Your ticket will get you admission to a special area of the geothermal wonderland of Te Whakarewarewa, with trails that aren’t included on the regular guided tours. Enjoy a guided tour around the surreal landscape, learn more about Maori culture from your local guide, then feast on a lunch cooked in the steam of the thermal area.
  • Duration: 90 to 360 minutes
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$40.33 USD
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  • Duration: 90 to 360 minutes
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Shore Excursion: Geothermal Rotorua with Maori Cultural Performance at Whakarewarewa

When your cruise ship docks in Tauranga, head out for a 7-hour tour of Mt Maunganui and Rotorua. In Rotorua, learn about Maori culture, and see geothermal hot pools and the Pohutu Geyser at Whakarewarewa – The Living Maori Village. Sample New Zealand specialties such as manuka honey and kiwi fruit, and spend time checking out highlights including Lake Rotorua and Government Gardens.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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$96.66 USD
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  • Duration: 7 hours
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Rotorua Full Day Tour Including Maori Culture Geysers Mudpools and Mt Maunganui

Explore New Zealand’s Maori culture, and marvel at geysers and mud pools beneath Mt Maunganui on this full-day Rotorua tour. Travel from Tauranga Port by coach with your guide and discover some of the North Island’s top attractions. Admire pristine beaches and million-dollar homes in Mt Maunganui. Visit the Kiwi 360 Visitor Centre to sample homegrown wine and fruit. Discover dense forests, shimmering lakes and rolling farmland, and immerse yourself in Maori culture in Rotorua. See bubbling mud pools and shooting geysers, and gain insight into traditional Maori crafts.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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$110.56 USD
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  • Duration: 6 hours
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$110.56 USD

Tauranga Shore Excursion: Rotorua Highlights Tour Including Cultural Performance and Gondola Ride

Discover the highlights of Rotorua and the Te Whakarewarewa Geothermal Valley when your ship pulls into the Port of Tauranga. You'll pass through Mt. Maunganui en route to Pohutu Geyser and see a Maori concert at the Living Maori Village. Then check out Rotorua City before a stop at the Rotorua Skyline Gondola. This 7-hour shore excursion includes pickup and drop-off by minivan.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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$131.42 USD
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  • Duration: 7 hours
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Rotorua Geothermal Geyser Tour and Kiwi Fruit Orchard Themed Cart Ride

Visit two natural attractions in Rotorua on this full-day tour. Start off at the Rotorua geothermal geyser where groups of Maori people have lived and worshipped for generations. Learn about the Maori culture and how they use the geothermal geysers, mud pools, and steam vents. Then head to the KiwiFruit Orchard cart for a guided tour and finish off with a complimentary kiwi cream.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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$125.17 USD
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  • Duration: 7 hours
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Tribal Footprints Tour

Go in-depth on a tour following the footprints of the Tuhourangi tribe in New Zealand. Departing from Rotorua in the afternoon, learn about the history of the Maori tribe's pink and white terraces, the buried village under the eruption of Mount Tarawera, and several local lakes. At the village of Whakarewarewa, watch the Pohutu geyser erupt and see how the tribe cooks food in the thermal waters. All transportation is provided, as well as informative narration from your guide.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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$97.35 USD
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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