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

Whakarewarewa Cultural Performances

Our twice-daily Cultural Performances pay tribute to the legacy of performing arts of our ancestors. Performances take place at 11.15am and 2.00pm every day.

Cultural Performances are included in the price of your Village Tour ticket.

The Performance

Each performance includes Waiata (songs) of our history, Patere (rhythmic chants), stick games, poi dancing, and the world-famous HAKA war challenge. There is also a voluntary audience participation section, where you will learn the basics of Māori performance art and expand your Te Reo vocabulary.

Our Performers

Our cultural shows are performed by one of Rotorua's leading Kapa Haka groups, Te Pakira. Many of these talented performing artists have followed in the footsteps of their parents and grandparents as Māori performers. Following each show, you will also have the opportunity to meet our performers and take photos with our performers.

Cultural Performance


The Haka

The Haka is a traditional war challenge from the Māori people of New Zealand. It is a posture dance performed by a group, with vigorous movements and stamping feet, accompanied by rhythmically shouted chants. It is famously performed by the New Zealand rugby  team, The All Blacks.

Guides and Performers

In the early days of New Zealand Tourism, guiding and performing often went hand-in-hand. Read more about the iconic personalities that shaped the early New Zealand tourism industry and helped bring Māori culture to the broader world. Click here to Meet The People.

About Māori Culture

As the first inhabitants of New Zealand, the Māori people developed a unique culture in near isolation. Learn more about the fascinating history of the Māori People and how their legacy continues to shape modern life in New Zealand today.

Experience a Māori Cultural Performance

Use our easy online booking system to book your Village Tour and experience a Whakarewarewa Cultural Performance included in the price.