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“Fun tour and insight into a Maori village” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village

Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village
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Whakarewarewa, The Living Maori Village Guided Tour with Optional Hangi Meal
Ranked #8 of 108 things to do in Rotorua
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Owner description: The Living Maori Village is set among the geothermal landscape of the Te Whakarewarewa Valley, a ten minute walk from town. See the Geysers, Bubbling Pools, Mud Pools, and Steam Vents and walk our back tracks with amazing photo opportunities. The Living Maori Village is an authentic and unique attraction where the villagers live, cook and bath in the geothermal waters on a daily basis. The entry fee includes a fully guided tour and Maori Cultural Perfoemnace, including the world famous HAKA. Our guides are direct descendants of the guides who guided at the Pink and White Terraces over 170 years ago, this legacy is as important today as it was then.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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“Fun tour and insight into a Maori village”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2014

We had a very enjoyable afternoon here, and were really fascinated to learn about how the geothermally heated hot/boiling waters used for cooking, bathing etc, and to learn about the history of the village. We went straight from our tour to the cultural performance, which was good fun! We would definitely recommend a visit!

Visited June 2014
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WTVT, Guest Relations Manager at Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village, responded to this review, 24 July 2014
Tenakoe JandB68
We are glad you had an enjoyable afternoon and had the opportunity to learn about the geothermal aspects of the Whakarewarewa valley, and experience the Cultural Performance.
We hope to see you back in the future, travel safely.
ma te wa,
Whakarewarewa Whanau
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“Does not disappoint at all”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2014

I went there at night with EFTours as a group leader and my students and I were fascinated although this was my second time there. I was able to participate this time and separated flzx fibers from the green which was so cool.We went for the Haka and the Hangi and had a wonderful time going from station to station. The dance performance was boisterous and engaging and the hangi was plentiful. I was happy to have a beer and watch the people enjoy themselves at the hangi.

Visited June 2014
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WTVT, Manager at Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village, responded to this review, 24 July 2014
Kia Ora Vnoz
Kapai (Thank-you) for your feedback.
Working with the students and giving them an insight into such a unique place as Whakarewarewa is a passion of all the staff at The Living Maori village.
We look forward to catching up with you again in the future, and please do pass on our sincere best wishes to the students.
Ma te wa, Whakarewarewa Whanau
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Brisbane, Australia
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“Great insight into Maori living”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2014

The tour gave us great insight into a living Maori village. The admission allows you to walk amongst geysers and homes that are I habituated today. The village is run by the families that live there. You can take a guided tour which gives understanding to historical information. Be sure to time your visit to see the performance which was interactive as well as entertaining.

Visited June 2014
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WTVT, Manager at Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village, responded to this review, 24 July 2014
Tena koe Kazza880
Certainly glad you enjoyed your experience and that the rest of your trip was safe and enjoyable.
Ma te wa,
Whakarewarewa Whanau
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Newton, Massachusetts
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“An informative visit to the past and present”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2014

The village is small, but contains history and tradition. We took a guided tour, and enjoyed all we learned. The Maori cook using the thermal heat under the village. They respect the environment, their ancestors, their traditions. This village had two churches, Catholic and Anglican -- Maori is not a religion. We greatly enjoyed the 20-minute show – performers in native regalia, dancing, singing, and explaining their traditions.

We hadn't brought our cameras when we visited, but asked if we could return the next day to take photos. They allowed us in at no charge, no questions. As they say Down Under, "All's good."

Visited June 2014
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WTVT, Guest Relations Manager at Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village, responded to this review, 24 July 2014
Tena koe RJvacations
Great to hear from you and we're so thankful you took the time to visit us and let the world know how great your time was. We believe we have something special, and it is good that you seem to agree.
We always try to ensure our manuhiri (visitors) can learn a little of our culture and our respect for the environment.
We hope you got some great photos to remember us by until next time.
Nga mihi nui
Whakarewarewa Whanau
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“Spend time elsewhere maybe.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 June 2014

Overall felt it is not really worth the money you pay. To add to that we had bought the tickets on line which gave a special deal through the site we used. It had said and we paid money for an infant who was with us. Then we got there to be greeted at the desk by a sour faced unhelpful lady who commented that children were free. We chose not to argue with her about what we had paid due to not wanting to spend the extra time in her presence and the bad attitude. Such a delightful person to meet on arrival there!!! NOT!. The performance by the group inside the village was very good and enjoyed by us. Made up for the lady outside experience. The tour guide was a nice lady and very informative though seemed to drone on a bit longer than she could have . And we feel the souvenir shops inside the village waste it. Should keep that rubbish for in the town not there. By all means go if you willing to pay out that much and to say you have been there.

Visited May 2014
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WTVT, Guest Relations Manager at Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village, responded to this review, 24 July 2014
Kia ora
Sorry hear that the Admissions staff were sour faced and unhelpful. I will discuss this with the staff to ensure this does not happen in the future.
It is good to hear that you enjoyed the Cultural performance and that the Guided tour was informative.
The souvenir shops in the village are individually owned and include Taa Moko, Ponamu carving and general souvenirs, I will however pass on your feedback.
As you will be aware, the General Admission includes a Guide tour, a Cultural Performance and the opportunity to spend a full day in and around the geothermal areas and the lakes and bushwalks around the surrounding area.
Again, thank you for your feedback.
ma te wa,
Whakarewarewa Whanau
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