Te Whakarewarewa

Te Whakarewarewa is a Māori village very near to Rotorua that takes advantage of the area’s geothermal features for purposes that include heating, cooking, and bathing.  It is a village of the Tuhourangi/Ngati Wahiao people, who have been hosting tourists since the early 1800s.

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I visited Whakarewarewa about 10 years ago, and could not remember what to expect on my recent visit.  It is a very interesting look at Māori culture and life in a geothermal area.  It offers access to the village, guided tours, live performance, some attractive geothermal features, and a chance to try hangi, from sweetcorn to a full meal, cooked using geothermal sources.

On Sunday I plan to visit Wai-O-Tapu (Māori for “sacred waters”), a place that I believe has a geothermal focus and a large number of colorful and spectacular features.

Tiki of Whakarewarewa

These figures are guardians, placed to frighten off evil spirits.