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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.

Highlights

  • Guided tour and cultural show at Whakarewarewa, the Living Maori Village, Rotorua
  • Learn about the village's ancient cultural traditions and history from a local guide
  • Visit important buildings including the ancestral meeting house
  • View traditional crafts such as weaving, carving and tattooing
  • Stop at the village's Earth Science Facility, which explores geothermal activity around Rotorua
  • Watch a cultural show that includes song, poi dance (with ball on string) and haka (ancestral war dance)
  • Upgrade to include a traditionally prepared hangi meal

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What You Can Expect

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

Whakarewarewa, The Living Maori Village

Make your way to Whakarewarewa, a living Maori village in the heart of Rotorua. Start with a 1-hour guided tour of the grounds. You’ll learn about Maori wood-carving and other traditions as you visit on-site homes, artisan workshops, a communal garden, cemetery, ancestral meeting house and more. Discover how skilled weavers make the piupiu (dancing skirt) and hear the meaning behind moko (tattoos). 

Then follow your guide to two viewing platforms to see Pohutu Geyser and Prince of Wales Geyser in action as they erupt daily with spray that reaches up to 100 feet (30 meters) high. 

Next, enjoy a 30-minute cultural performance, which features a mihi (traditional welcome), song, poi dance and haka (war dance).

Upgrade to include a hangi feast prepared in Whakarewarewa’s traditional fashion — steamed over natural vents and cooked in hot pools rather than with heated stones in a dugout pit. Enjoy a complete lunch of chicken, beef, potato, kumara (sweet potato), bread stuffing, carrots, cabbage and sweet corn on the cob with gravy. For dessert, savor steam pudding accompanied by fruit salad, custard and cream. Drinking water, tea and coffee are also provided.

After the scheduled activities, you are free to explore the village on your own.

Itinerary

Customer Reviews

Aida H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

LOVE IT!
The guides take us around their village and made us feel like home, even showed us her house from outside. You can tell they are passionate about their culture and their history. Loved the performances, very moving and entertaining. Initially wanted to go there to see the geysers but ended up fascinated buy the village itself.Wished I had more time to go on longer walks to the thermal lakes.

Marina A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This tour gave me much insight into the Maori lifestyle. Loved it..loved the people!

pfmjpr

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

We really enjoyed this tour, as it showed us fantastic geologic sites, and a real village where Maori people still live today. It is authentic, and the guides are very entertaining and helpful. Their pride in and knowledge of their heritage is evident.

cjgallacher

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Very informative tour. That said, tour probably doesn't do justice to the experience. Very friendly and knowledgable guide, exceedingly friendly villagers, the Maori dance performance well presented with enthusiastic performers who didn't give the impression of going through the motions, rather that they too were enjoying themselves. Plenty of time to walk around and soak up the atmosphere. Very enjoyable day. Would highly recommend......

John W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Jason Phillips, tattoo artist and flutist extraordinaire. The highlight of our time in the village. Great conversationalist and historian and very gracious and hospitable. It was like spending time with an old friend.

Narelle B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Great deal from Viator!!! Excellent, excellent - worth the visit when touring New Zealand. Very professional, great hangi lunch dessert, plus show beautiful voices and dance and guided tour.

Debbie C

4 star rating: Recommended November 2016

Interesting to see village life and the hot springs

YvonneSylvia

4 star rating: Recommended October 2016

This is a warm family venue, not as blindingly perfect as the real professional performers, but nice feel about the place. My hangi meal was a disappointment with the meat as hard as my shoe soles

Derek G

4 star rating: Recommended March 2016

We wanted to get away from the overtly touristy stuff so we chose this village. Certainly did not disappoint. It felt like a working village as well as having views of the geysers. Great singing and interaction with the audience. We had the Hangi meal which was straight forward food but well prepred.

mm_fuller

4 star rating: Recommended October 2015

It's authentic and interesting! I saw my first geyser there.

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