The Wonder of Whakarewarewa

Whakarewarewa is a geothermal area within Rotorua that is a must do experience for all visitors.

The city of Rotorua, situated in the central North Island of New Zealand, is world famous for it’s beautiful lakes and it’s geothermal activity. Whakarewarewa is a geothermal area within this great city that is a must do experience for all visitors.

The area was first occupied around 1325 and was the site of the Maori fortress of Te Puia, an impenetrable stronghold never taken in battle. Whakarewarewa has at least 65 geyser vents, including the famous Pohutu Geyser, and some 500 hot pools. The area is still the home to Maori who still use traditional methods and the geothermal activity for heating and cooking.

Whakarewarewa is the cultural and historical heart of Rotorua and offers visitors the chance to discover unique lifestyles and traditions of the local people, as well as the phenomena of this unique thermal landscape and environment. While in Rotorua be sure to pay a visit to these Whakarewarewa wonders:

Whakarewarewa: The Living Thermal Village - Geysers, mud pools, hot springs and Maori cultural experiences.


One of New Zealand's leading golf courses Situated in picturesque Whakarewarewa, Arikikapakapa is a full 18 hole all-weather links-style geothermal golf course with easy walking and an excellent Golfing layout.

The Redwoods

Escape into the beautiful Whakarewarewa Forest, one of Rotorua’s most spectacular natural assets. Famous for its magnificent stands of towering Californian Coastal Redwoods it is just five minutes drive from the city centre. Here you can experience some of the finest walking and mountain bike trails in the world. Not to mention taking in superb panoramic views of Rotorua City, Lake and surrounding district.

Te Puia

Te Puia is the premier Māori cultural centre in New Zealand - a place of gushing waters, steaming vents, boiling mud pools and spectacular geysers. Our Māori tradition lives on at Te Whakarewarewa, with our guided tours and attractions, our Māori culture, and our National Carving and Weaving Schools of New Zealand.

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