8.30am – 5.00pm (last ticket sales are at 4:15pm) Closed Christmas Day
About Whakarewarewa, The Living Māori Village
Whakarewarewa is the legacy and home of the Tuhourangi/Ngati Wahiao people, who have been sharing their unique way of life with visitors from all around the world for over two hundred years. Since the early 1800’s they have been hosting and welcoming guests into their homes and backyards, demonstrating the utilization of the natural geothermal wonders for cooking, bathing and heating. Their geothermal existence continues to fascinate tourists visiting Whakarewarewa today. The people of Tuhourangi/Ngati Wahiao have been the trail blazers of the tourism industry in Rotorua and NZ. It is our goal to continue the legacy and to follow in the footsteps of our ancestors.
"Rangatira for Tuhourangi Ngati Wahiao"
We wish to be leaders for the Tuhourangi/Ngati Wahiao people by preserving our culture and honouring the legacy of the generations that have come before. The people of Tuhourangi/Ngati Wahiao have been the trail blazers of the tourism industry in Rotorua and New Zealand for generations. It is our goal to continue the legacy and to follow in the footsteps of our ancestors. We hope to uphold this legacy through honouring the traditions of our people, which include the following principles:
Kaitiakitanga - Protector & Guardian of resources
Manaakitanga - Hospitality Excellence
Mâtauranga Māori - Preservation and sharing of our history and knowledge
Taonga Tuku Iho - Custodians of our treasured heritage