• Location: Rotorua, New Zealand
  • Duration: Flexible
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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

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

shweta j

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

It was great. We loved The Living Maroi Village. Our guide was very nice and provided lot of information.
It is something you should not miss on your NZ trip.

Myra C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2017

Liked that this was a living village, our tour guide part of the Maori tribe.

Linda A United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2017

Eye interesting. The guide was knowledgeable and explained the living experience well. You get to see the geyser without paying a separate entry fee. The Hangi meal was tender and tasty and fun to know how it was cooked in the village.

Pen G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2017

Very interesting tour - great informative guide. Fascinating to see culinary use of geothermal resources

Derek S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2017

Loved the authenticity of the village. It wasn't commercial at all which I appreciated it.

Michael G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2017

Excellent interesting tour ,hangi pie meal was very nice. Good value tour

Lesley B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2017

We were delighted with the Maori experience that we had. Lovely pleasant and helpful people.
Not so some of the tourists visiting! We were very disappointed that our experience of the cultural show was spoiled by selfish people standing up to take photographs... blocking our view of the stage. Some of them even talked during the performance.
The meal was good.

Sandy K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2017

A very worthwhile cultural experience, with many interesting facts and sights. We really enjoyed the tour, the performance and the Hangi meal.

Tracy R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

The tour was amazing! From the active geysers and the community bathing pools, to the steam vents in the earth used to cook meals. The ground was alive! The stage production was also great, sharing local culture and colourful customs. A truly unique and enjoyable day.

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.

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