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“Living Culture”

Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village
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Owner description: In August 2015 Whakarewarewa received recognition as one of the Lonely Planets’ Top 500 Ultimate Travel Destinations, being ranked at #276 in the world. he 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 Performance, 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: Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase
Australia
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“Living Culture”
Reviewed 14 July 2014

It was really good to actually see this enclave is occupied as a normal living area. One can see people doing their daily business. Our guide was great, admission included a guided walk, a Maori Show. There was a café there as well and many gift shops!

Visited July 2014
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WTVT, Guest Relations Manager at Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village, responded to this review, 24 July 2014
Kia Ora
Kapai, thank you for taking the time to give us feedback on your experience within the village.
I will pass on your feedback to the Guides, the Cafe and the various gift shops.
We look forward to welcoming you back in the future.
ma te wa,
Whakarewarewa Whanau
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“Glimpse into Maori life”
Reviewed 13 July 2014

This was one of the half day tours I experienced while in New Zealand! Our guide was from the Village so it made all the more memorable from cooking/food preparation to finishing with native dance.

Visited March 2014
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WTVT, General Manager at Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village, responded to this review, 24 July 2014
Kia Ora Stephen B, thank you for your kind comments on your experience to The Living Maori Village, we are glad that you enjoyed your time with us.
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Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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“A tad tired to put it mildly”
Reviewed 12 July 2014

This attraction has failed to live up to what it promises. It is looking old and tired. Mainly consisting of 2nd rate souvenir shops and some handcraft outlets, there isn't really a lot to see. Even the geysers are not on the agenda! Sorry Whakarewarewa you have failed badly!

It even started when we were told rudely not to park in a spot that clearly has parking spots. It ended when we followed a wrong path in the rain to try and get out of the complex. NO signs were around and quite frankly the whole experience was abysmal.

Visited July 2014
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Dunedin, New Zealand
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“Shameful”
Reviewed 11 July 2014

Rude guide and it was derelict and run down with litter. I felt humiliated by the guide there and there were NO thick mud pools (as promised) and NO cultural performances. It was not at all as I imagined and I will never go back. I sent an email of complaint two days ago and have not heard back.

Visited July 2014
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“Very disappointed”
Reviewed 11 July 2014

Me and my husband visited here and was very disappointed as I remember this place when I visited as a child, I really wanted to see the geyser but when walking around was disappointed to find a gate blocking walking further as the geyser is now part of another adjoining thermal park so it seems this place only had half to offer to see. There wasnt a lot of geothermal pools to see, There seemed to me more shops there and houses that people lived in there.... not what I paid my 35.00 to see.

Visited July 2014
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WTVT, Guest Relations Manager at Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village, responded to this review, 24 July 2014
Kia Ora
I am sorry to hear that you were not happy with your experience within the Village. The gate that t partitions the valley has been in place for over 15 years.
The cost for admission includes a fully guided walk through the village by Guides whose legacy is back to Lake Tarawera and the Pink and White Terraces.
There is also a cultural performance show at 11.15 am and 2.00pm included in the admission. We hope you took the opportunity to experience this, as feedback tells us this is a must see.
As a Geothermal location we have viewing platforms for the Pohutu Geyser and Prince of Wales Feathers Geyser, while also having numerous mudpools, bubbling pools and steam vents. We also have walks around Lake Roto-a-Tamaheke with great photo opportunities.
We appreciate your comments and will continue to strive to make our visitors experience a pleasurable and enjoyable one.
ma te wa,
Whakarewarewa Whanau
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