Whakarewarewa Tour

The Living Maori Village, Whakarewarewa, sits on an active geothermal plateau where people live on a daily basis. Within the geothermal valley, you have the chance to see active mud pools, bubbling waters and the geysers from the viewing areas, as well as experience a Cultural Performance and learn something about the Māori people, history and culture.

Tour Duration

Tour duration 5 to 6 hours.

Tour Price

Join one of our group tours below or book a Group/Private Charter tour where you have a driver and vehicle for the day at an hourly rate of NZ$180.00 per hour. We have a maximum of eleven people per vehicle. Your Tour Guide/Driver Geoff has extensive knowledge and experience of New Zealand.

Price includes lunch.

Lunch: Tantalise your taste buds with food cooked within the geothermal wonders of Whakarewarewa. Taste Chicken, Kumara and Potatoes cooked in our natural steam boxes and experience the unique taste of corn cooked in the largest thermal pool “Parekohuru”. And include self-service Coffee, Tea and a branded “Whakarewarewa” bottled water.

  • NZ$ 210 per Adult Pre-booked
  • NZ$ 170 per Child Pre-booked (under 14 years)

Tour departure points

Pickups can be arranged from cruise ships at the Port of Tauranga, Tauranga airport or your Tauranga or Mount Maunganui accommodation.

Whakarewarewa Tour itinerary

From your Tauranga cruise ship, you will join Scott Tours for a day tour to Rotorua, one of New Zealand’s most interesting destinations.

En route, while we travel to Rotorua, passing through farmland, bush, pine forest and beautiful lakes, you will have the opportunity to learn about our important industries.

Whakarewarewa Rotorua

Time permitting, we will also stop at other attractions on the way to Rotorua or on the way back. Iconic sights of Rotorua city; the government gardens, the historic bath house and a lakefront drive.

Then it is time to spend some time at this Rotorua tour’s key attraction; Whakarewarewa…


On arrival at Whakarewarewa, The Living Māori Village, you will meet your guide from the village who is a descendant from the guides who guided at the world-famous Pink and White Terraces prior to the eruption in 1886. Your guide will explain to you the uniqueness of Te Whakarewarewa Valley, its history and significance in geothermal terms and how the people in the village live daily, cooking in the steam and bubbling pools, bathing in the geothermal waters and heating their homes.

You will then be entertained by one of Rotorua’s leading Kapa Haka groups – Te Pakira. The cultural performance includes waiata (songs), Patere (rhythmic chants), a performance of the world-famous HAKA (performed by NZ sporting teams), and an audience participation set which is always a fun time, with photo opportunities at the end of the show.

“Whakarewarewa is ranked no. 276 in the Lonely Planet’s Top 500 Ultimate Travel Destinations.”

While at the Whakarewarewa, try the sweetcorn on the cob cooked in the bubbling pool or the Hangi pie at Ned’s Café. Browse the shops, which include a pounamu (greenstone) shop with a resident carver, a Ta Moko (tattoo) shop with a resident tattooist and various souvenir shops. The Village also has a Kohanga Reo (early childhood education centre), two old churches (Anglican and Catholic) dating from the early 1900s, along with various privately owned homes, coloured lakes and a fully operating and functional Marae.

Whakarewarewa Tour Gallery