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Whakarewarewa - The Thermal Village Tour from Rotorua New Zealand

Whakarewarewa - The Thermal Village Tour from Rotorua New Zealand

Whakarewarewa - The Thermal Village Tour from Rotorua New Zealand

Set amidst a landscape of erupting geothermal activity, hot thermal springs and hot bubbling mud pools is the Living Maori village of Whakarewarewa situated in Rotorua, the heart of the North Island. Discover the unique lifestyle and traditions. See the wonders of Mother Nature and learn how the people of Whakarewarewa have come to live in harmony within this unique environment.

The people live surrounded by bubbling mud pools and steaming mineral springs. These pools and springs are used in every day life: hangi meals are cooked in natural steam vents and corn on the cob is cooked in a crystal clear boiling spring. The thermal baths are used by the resident's morning and night, a great way to mix and mingle!

Every boiling mud pool, mineral pool, geyser or steam vent is named after an ancestor, event or incident and are therefore part of the history of the tribe. With understanding and respect for the land, this community has been able to live in close proximity and harmony with the natural creations of Mother Nature.

See below for description of available packages

Whakarewarewa - The Thermal Village Tour from Rotorua New Zealand
Length: varies
Prices - including tax
All amounts in US Dollar $

Adult Rate
General Admission:
Child Rate
General Admission
(ages 5-12):
Child - Free
General Admission
(under 5):
Adult Rate
Hangai Experience:
Child Rate
Hangai Experience
(12 & under):
Family Rate
2 Adults + 1-4 children:

Open 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Time on Availability Calendar is for booking purposes only. You may spend the entire day at the Village.


Tour does not include transportation. Rates are per person and in US dollars. Please order online or call to order or for more information.

There is a $6.95 USD processing fee per order. This is a flat fee regardless of the number of tickets or tours purchased on an order.
There is a service charge per ticket. This charge will be reflected on your summary before you checkout. The total shown includes any and all taxes, fuel surcharges, and service fees. There are no additional charges, unless otherwise specified.

Cancellation Policy:

There are no refunds. All sales are final.

Change Fee Policy: If changes are allowed on a tour or activity, a $20.00 per reservation change fee will be applied for any change to a reservation. Please note that some tours and activities do not allow any changes. Date changes can be made only if we can confirm availability on the new date. While we cannot guarantee any changes can be made, all change requests must be submitted a minimum of 24 hours prior to the tour departure and must be handled on an individual basis through our Reservations Center.

Under the watchful eye of our Whare Tupuna (Ancestral Meeting House) we will take you on a journey through time. Our professionally trained guides are descendents or affiliated to the Tuhourangi/Ngati Wahiao people. Over the years some of the guides who hosted visitors through our area have become world famous, like guide Rangi, guide Sophia and guide Bubbles.

We welcome visitors to share with us the beautiful history of our village and our people, the knowledge and teaching of our ancestors and to view the arts, crafts and culture that is Tuhourangi/Ngati Wahiao.

Learn about the traditions and culture which has been passed down and upheld for generations and how in today's world these traditions are still very much alive and strong.

As with every active community, events within the village are forever changing. Your visit could coincide with tribal gathering, funerals or weddings.

Listen as your guide shares stories of the Maori migration from the legendary homeland Hawaiiki to Aotearoa, New Zealand. Discover how the geothermal activity came to be in the area and stories surrounding the Mt Tarawera eruption.

The Whare Tupuna (ancestral house) is of great significance to the people of this village. This building preserves and retains carved and woven panels which display the genealogy, history and culture of the Tuhourangi, Ngati Wahiao tribe. Also discover the communal usages of this beautiful building and why the people see this house as the heart of the village.

Mother Nature unleashes an awesome display of energy through the Pohutu and Prince of Wales Feathers geysers, a natural event which demonstrates the powerful forces within earth's core.

Please Note: There is NO ACCESS to the geysers from the village. The geysers can be viewed from two lookout platforms.

Join In: Be enlightened by participating in the interactive activities which may include weaving, displays of musical instruments & weaponry or learn a waiata-a-ringa (action song) and or haka.

Cultural Performances: The Cultural Performances are held twice daily at 11:15 am and 2:00 pm and are included in the price of admission. Our performers will share with you our culture through the performing arts enlightening you with song and dance.

Guided tours:

Explanation of village lifestyle: How people live in a Maori community amidst a geothermal landscape, how food is cooked using the natural geothermal activity and communal bathing.

Interpretation of Traditions and Culture: Explanation of village events and activities.

History and legends: Stories of Maori migration to New Zealand, how the geothermal activity came to be in this area and the stories surrounding the Mt Tarawera eruption.

View our Ancestral Meeting House (fully carved): The significance of the Whare Tupuna (ancestral house) and the communal usages of this beautiful building.

Geothermal Features: The amazing relationship between mother earth and the people.

Explanation of the local kohanga reo: Maori language pre-school and its importance to the retention of the Maori language.

Views of Pohutu Geyser: We have two lookout platforms to the famous Pohutu and the Prince of Wales Feathers geysers. It should be noted however that access to these geysers cannot be gained through the village.

Visitor Participation Activities: May include weaving displays, displays of musical instruments, weapons and cultural performance interactions.

Available packages

General Admission:

  • Guided Tour (9:00 am, 10:00 am, 12:00 pm, 1:00 pm, 3:00 pm & 4:00 pm)
  • Cultural Performance (11:15 am & 2:00 pm)
  • Visitor Participation option

Cultural/Hangi Experience:

  • Guided Tour (9:00 am, 10:00 am, 12:00 pm, 1:00 pm, 3:00 pm & 4:00 pm)
  • Cultural performance (11:15 am & 2:00 pm)
  • Visitor Participation option
  • Full Hangi meal (12:00 pm - 2:00 pm)

WARNING NOTICE OF GEOTHERMAL ACTIVITY: Visitors enter this geothermal area entirely at their own risk. No responsibility or claim for injury or damage against Whakarewarewa Village Charitable Trust, its employees, servants or agents will be sustained. Due to the unpredictable nature of this geothermal activity all visitors are advised for safety reasons to only use the designated tracks and boardwalks.

Tour does not include transportation. Rates are per person in US dollars. Please order online or call to order or for more information.


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