Whakarewarewa Thermal Village Tours
Whakarewarewa Thermal Village Tours
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7 Days per Week
8.30am – 5.00pm
(last ticket sales are at 4:15pm)
Closed Christmas Day

Te Whakarewarewa Geothermal Valley

Whakarewarewa is a geothermal area within Rotorua, New Zealand. This was the site of the Māori fortress of Te Puia, first occupied around 1325, and known as an impenetrable stronghold never taken in battle. The Māori people have lived here ever since, living in harmony with the geothermal that sits beneath their feet.
In Maori myths and legends it is said that when Te Hoata and Te Pupu (Goddesses of Fire) travelled from Hawaiki in the form of fire to relieve their brother’s chills, they created New Zealand’s volcanoes, mud pools, geysers and hot springs. 


This is the largest hot spring in the village and every 45 minutes to an hour the pool pulsates where the water begins to rise. After each pulsation when the water level drops, bubbles rise to the surface hence the nickname “The Champagne Pool”. The pool is used for cooking of leaf and root vegetables and seafood. Corn is also cooked at this pool for our Manuhiri (Visitors) to enjoy.

The Geysers

From our platforms you can see two of NZ’s most active geysers. Pohutu to the left and Prince of Wales ‘Feathers’ to the right. Only Mother Nature determines when the geyser will erupt but on average it will erupt at least once every hour. Pohutu is the most famous and largest of all NZ’s geysers and when erupting the plume varies in height from 10 to 40 meters however the Prince of Wales Feathers is the most active geyser.
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Mud Pools (Te Werenga)

This is the largest and spectacular mud pool in the village. The mud is renowned for healing arthritis, lumbago, rheumatism and it is also said to give your skin a younger appearance. The temperature of the mud is between 80-90 degrees Celsius and has the consistency like quick sand.
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GNS Science Facility

Te Matapuna o Papatuanuku offers you a source of knowledge relating to the many features of our geothermal environment and landscape. From Maori legends of how our people came to be living on top of the geothermal in comparison to the actual evolving earth sciences