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.
Steppin' the miles, enjoying the view, bringing it all to you.