Whakarewarewa – The Living Māori village Tour RL01
Live The History!
Join us on a fully guided tour of Whakarewarewa – The Living Māori village . (with The prince of wales Feather's and Pohutu geysers, steam vents and mud pools) where you are invited to share in the everyday life of The Tohourangi - Ngati Wahiao people. Experience the sights, smells and observe first-hand a unique cultural way of living in one of the few untapped natural geothermal fields in New Zealand. Steeped in history, traditions and cultures that spans hundreds of years, the people of this village have lived surrounded by geothermal activity (geysers, steam vents and mud pools) which they utilise in their everyday life for cooking, bathing and heating. Indulge in their foods cooked with the bubbling hot pools and steaming vents with a geothermal hangi for lunch.
Experience one of Rotorua's leading maori cultural performance groups as they serenade you with a song and dance including the world famous haka as performed by our New Zealand's sports team. For centuries Whakarewarewa village has been home to the Tuhourangi Ngati Wahiao people. As New Zealand's original tourist attraction, They have hosted visitors from around the world since the mid 1800's
History of Whakarewarewa – The Living Māori village
In August 2015 Whakarewarewa received recognition as one of the Lonely Planets’ Top 500 Ultimate Travel Destinations, being ranked at #276 in the world.
The Living Māori Village is the oldest “whanau” (family) owned and operated tourist attraction in New Zealand, and New Zealand’s first recognised tourism operator in New Zealand with guiding of international visitors to the World Famous Pink and White Terraces at Lake Tarawera in the early 1800’s.
Whakarewarewa or Whaka as it is known, is an authentic Māori village which sits in a valley on an active geothermal plateau.
The valley has in excess of 500 hot pools & springs and at least 65 geyser vents, the most famous being the “POHUTU GEYSER” which explodes up to 30 metres in the air around 20 times per day.
Other geysers include the PRINCE OF WALES FEATHERS and the PAPAKURA geyser. A number of geothermal pools have also been named by the people, these include PAREKOHURU (murderous rippling waters) and KOROTIOTIO (the grumpy old man). The Tuhourangi – Ngati Wahiao people who reside in the village have been guiding and proudly sharing their history and heritage with visitors, dignitaries and royalty from around the world for over 200 years.
International dignitaries who have visited Whakarewarewa include Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Phillip, as well as Eleanor Roosevelt the US First Lady.
Steeped in Māori culture, history and tradition the Living Māori Village showcases a way of life that has not changed in hundreds of years, despite the modern appliances and amenities.
The Village is currently home to over 20 families (4th to 5th generation), with daily life for the Villagers including cooking in the geothermal pools and steam vents, heating their homes from the geothermal waters as well as bathing in the geothermal waters which is said to be both therapeutic and relaxing.
As a tourism business they continue to work with GNS Sciences to get a better understanding of the geology and geothermal aspects of there valley. There aim is to educate there people and the wider community about the importance of working in harmony with our environment to ensure it is protected for future generations. One of their core values is that of Manaakitanga, recognising the importance of hospitality in ensuring all our visitors enjoy a world class experience.
The business is run by a Charitable Trust where all the profits go back to the people, the beneficial owners of the Village and Whakarewarewa Valley. The focus of the Charitable Trust is ensuring the education, Health and well-being of the people and protecting the environment for future generations.
Adult $155 NZD Youth (9yrs -16yrs) $120.00nzd Child (0yrs - 8yrs) $83.00nzd
There is a minimum charge of eight adults for this tour!
This tour is designed to be ideal for large groups of eight and up to an unlimited number of Passenger's
Price below is for 8 - 16 passengers if you have larger numbers please click the reserve by email button for quotation's
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