The Living Village Experience

5.5 hours | Tauranga | T R G - 2 5 0
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Description

Be sure to read the Special Notes further down this page for important requirements and restriction.

WHAT YOU VISIT
Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village
Located on a geothermal plateau, Whakarewarewa is an iconic destination offering authentic cultural insights as well as geothermal wonders. Discover an enviable way of life where locals utilize the earth's forces for everyday use. Your guide, a descendent of generations of guides from the region, will greet you when you arrive and educate and delight you with stories of Maori history, the powers of the geothermal valley, and how the village adapted after a devastating volcanic eruption. You'll also be entertained by the sweet sounds of a Maori cultural performance, which includes the world-famous haka.

PHOTO OPPORTUNITY
Have your camera ready to record the haka, a type of ancient Maori war dance traditionally used on the battlefield, and a fierce display of a tribe's pride, strength and unity. Actions include violent foot-stamping, tongue protrusions and rhythmic body slapping to accompany a loud chant.

LUNCH
Learn how the village's Tûhourangi Ngâti Wâhiao people use the natural energy for cooking with a hangi lunch, New Zealand's signature dish with a twist: Whakarewarewa's hangi is cooked courtesy of Mother Nature's geothermal steam boxes and mineral pools.

WHAT YOU SEE ALONG THE WAY
The scenic journey from Tauranga takes you past glistening lakes and lush forests.

Special Notes:

Not suitable for guests with limited mobility

Tour timeline may vary to avoid overcrowding, etc.

Depart Wharf and travel to Whaka Village

Transport type:
Motorcoach
Travel time:
01:30

Arrive at Whaka Village for Cultural Show, Guided tour and Lunch

Travel time:
02:00

Return to Wharf via short Rotorua City Sights tour

Transport type:
Motorcoach
Travel time:
02:00