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Te Whakarewarewa Geothermal Valley
Whakarewarewa is a geothermal area that lies within Rotorua, New Zealand. Māori people have lived here for centuries, co-existing in harmony with the geothermal forces that lay beneath their feet.
Born of Legend
In Māori 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. Their path through Te Whakarewarewa Valley remains alive and visible to this day.
More to Explore
There are multiple ways to appreciate the geothermal treasures that live beneath the ground at Whakarewarewa.
Whether you want to be mesmerised by the boiling mud or learn more about the geological forces created Whakarewarewa over millennia, we have ample opportunity explore the famous geothermal wonders that have kept visitors coming back for centuries.