Rotorua Twin Village Experience

Village drone shot
Village drone shot


Buried Village of Te Wairoa
Buried Village of Te Wairoa

Village drone shot
Village drone shot


Tour Summary


Experience an authentic cultural encounter that is rich in traditions passed on from generation to generation, set in a landscape where your senses will come alive. Immerse yourself in our unique Māori Culture in the Whakarewarewa village on a guided tour through our real Living Māori Village to Violent and unexpected, the volcanic eruption of Mt Tarawera of New Zealand's greatest natural disasters at the buried village of Rotorua. New Zealand’s most visited archaeological site where stories Tarawera volcanic Eruption come to life and telling tales of the 8th Wonder of the World, the Pink and White Terraces.

Tour Highlights

  • Discover the biggest active geyser in the Southern Hemisphere-Pōhutu Geyser

  • Explore the walking track to see the beautiful lakes, boiling mud-pools, steam vents and bubbling pools

  • Be entertained by the cultural performance group by way of song and dance

  • Explore an authentic living Māori villageView the fully carved ancestral meeting house, the great significance in history and traditions of Tuhourangi tribe

  • Discover the vibrancy of Māori culture and their fascinating traditions

  • Enjoy a traditional cooking demonstration

  • Encounter the award winning Museum of Te Wairoa exhibition

  • View the extensive collection of excavated objects from the 1800’s

  • Explore the archaeological sites which reveal the devastation

  • Gain unique insight with guided storytelling or using the tour app

  • Take the beautiful waterfall trail which showcases the stunning Te Wairoa Falls

Tour Inclusion


  • Fully guided return transfers from Auckland

  • Complimentary pick up and drop off from Auckland CBD

  • Complimentary refreshments and water on board

  • Access to Wi-Fi on board for a small surcharge

  • A local English-speaking tour escort throughout the tour

  • Luxurious temperature controlled transportation in a minibus

  • Admission to Whakarewarewa Maori Living Village with cultural show

  • Admission to the buried Village of Te Wairoa

  • Access to Te Wairoa Trail and Waterfalls

Tour Description

Starting in Auckland travel though the picturesque coastal region of the Bay of Plenty and on to the famous geothermal wonderland of Rotorua where Maori culture abounds. Located just minutes away from central Rotorua, nestled in a geothermal valley abundant with the best of Rotorua’s geysers, as well as bubbling mud and steaming hot pools.

Experience an authentic cultural encounter that is rich in traditions passed on from generation to generation, set in a landscape where your senses will come alive. The Living village is a popular tourism destination that incorporates the magnificence of the geothermal landscape and the unique experience of a traditional Maori village, a place of natural wonder and spiritual significance. 500 hot springs and 65 geyser vents are set among the distinctly colourful sinter terraces and pools that make up the Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley.

Discover the wonders of Mother Nature and learn how we have come to live in harmony within this unique environment. The guided tours are entertaining and informative with a focus on giving everyone an understanding of the Maori history, culture and how the villagers live in the challenging Whakarewarewa Geothermal field and the significance of protecting it for future generations. Experience our Maori Cultural Performances entertaining you through song and dance.

Indulge your senses and try our Traditional Geothermal Hangi, Hangi Pie or Corn Cob, a tasteful and refreshing experience. You will get to visit the Whare Tepuna (ancestral house) where traditional carvings and woven panels are preserved at their original status. The Whare plays a significant part of the villagers lives where the tribes genealogy, history and culture are honoured. The tour includes the special viewing of the Pohutu Geyser, meaning big splash or explosion, where Mother Natures power and force is on display through the water vapour eruption up to 30 meters tall. The Living Māori Village offers an unforgettable day-time cultural and geothermal experience for all ages. 
From an enriching memories of the living village we move on to the haunting echoes of the past. New Zealand’s most visited archaeological site where stories Tarawera volcanic Eruption come to life. 

Visit and learn how Māori and early settlers lived and worked together, guiding visitors to see the world famous Pink and White Terraces. Enjoy a leisurely walk through and explore the sites that have been excavated from the village. Hear the stories of Tarawera in our award-winning museum. Visit the mesmerizing natural Te Wairoa (Wairere Falls), plunging to the valley along our Waterfall Trails. Discover the unique geology of the Rotorua region and how the eruption changed and shaped the area forever. Meet the unique personalities that shaped the early tourism industry in New Zealand.

Tour Requirements

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

  • Moderate level of fitness is required and comfortable shoes with a good grip.

  • Please wear comfortable clothing suitable for the conditions, walking shoes, Sun protection, jacket/warm layer, and bring a camera & any essential personal items.

  • This is a guided walking tour and sensible walking footwear is recommended.

  • You must be able to climb and descend stairs and walk on unpaved or uneven terrain.

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