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Whakarewarewa, The Living Maori Village Guided Tour with Optional Hangi Meal

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    What to Expect
    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.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Whakarewarewa, Rotorua
    Departure Time
    Opening hours: 8.30am to 5pm (last entry at 4:15pm)
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • Cultural show
    • Guided tour
    • Hangi meal (if option selected)
    • Entry/Admission - Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village
    • Entry/Admission - Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Rob was our guide and a real entertainer. Good voice projection and very funny! The tour content contained everything we were curious about - how the Maori used the geothermal environment both now and in the past, a Maori cultural overview and a beautiful performance by the
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    It was a very good insight we got into the Maori life. Our guide Michael was very knowledgeable and interesting, and showed us a glimpse of life in his village in a geothermal zone. We were lucky to see the three geysers erupting too. And of course the wonderful cultural
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    Chief took us on a tour, funny informative man, loved him! The whole tour tought us a lot and we really enjoyed it! Not only the scenery but the culture as well! Absolutely loved it, tour ended with the cultural show and they took the crowd with them and we enjoyed every second!
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    Response from Whakagurl, Team at Whakarewarewa, The Living Maori Village Guided Tour with Optional Hangi Meal
    Responded 4 weeks ago
    Tena Koe, Thank you for taking the time to write this review. Our guides here are very passionate and their knowledge is immense and they take great pride in sharing this with our manuhiri like yourself. Thank you for choosing to visit us! Ngā mihi,
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    Great guide who was very informative and interesting to listen to. I recommend having the corn on the cob that’s been cooked in the hot wells!
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    Response from Whakagurl, Team at Whakarewarewa, The Living Maori Village Guided Tour with Optional Hangi Meal
    Responded 4 weeks ago
    Kia Ora, Thank you for taking the time out to learn about Māori Culture during your visit to NZ. Of course, a double thank you - we are grateful you chose us! Its words like yours that help us keep focussed – and ensure that we know that we are on the right track with sharing our Living Māori Village with manuhiri like you!
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    We had a great day at Whakarewarewa Living Maori Village! There a some lovely walks around the geothermal springs. The traditional song & dance performance was entertaining and the tour was interesting. We had the Hangi meal as part of our tour. It's the only living Maori
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