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 our unique lifestyle and traditions. Join a guided tour with shanghai girls and see the wonders of Mother Nature and learn how we have come to live in harmony within this unique environment.
Sit down and relax at our twice daily cultural performances while we entertain and thrill your senses through the medium of performing arts. Our melodious voices accompanied by hand movements tell the stories of our heritage, past and present.
Te Whakarewarewatanga O Te Ope Taua A Wahiao’
Meaning “The uprising of the warriors (war party) of Wahiao”
We the people of Tuhourangi – Ngati Wahiao (a Maori family tribe) have lived in and around the geothermal activity of Whakarewarewa for over 200 years.
An opportunity arose in 1997 for the people of Tuhourangi/ Ngati Wahiao to begin an independent tourism experience through the living village of Whakarewarewa.
The Whakarewarewa Thermal Village Tours began in 1998 under the umbrella of the Whakarewarewa Village Charitable Trust.
The village experience is not ‘owned’ by any particular organisation or individual rather it is a way of life, a legacy passed down through the generations which continues today.
The land upon which the tours are guided belong to many numerous family groups, who generously allow visitors to participate in their communal lifestyle incorporating Maori culture and traditions.
The people of this area have been hosting visitors and welcoming guests into their homes since the early 1800’s. The Tuhourangi/Ngati Wahiao people have a proud heritage which they have shared with visitors from around the world.
The Whakarewarewa Thermal Village Tours continues to grow in strength with profits gained through this enterprise supporting growth within the village environment.
The people of Tuhourangi/Ngati Wahiao have always been leaders in the tourism industry. It is our goal to continue in the footsteps of our ancestors.