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One of Rotorua's top drawcards

Whakarewarewa Thermal Mauri village, New Zealand

One of Rotorua’s top drawcards, Whakarewarewa, 3km south of the city centre, is the legacy and home of the Tūhourangi Ngāti Wāhiao people. It’s a place to learn about Māori culture and the people’s connections to their land.

It is a sprawling area including the Te Puia geothermal preserve, with its Māori cultural centre, bubbling mud pots, and the spouting Pohutu Geyser. Visitors can wander the geothermal walking trails at their leisure.

Alongside steaming thermal pools, Whakarewarewa The Living Māori Village offers cultural dance performances and traditional feasts. The guided tours are led by local residents..

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North Island Loop

Circle the island in 2 weeks

Text © Craig McLachlan

Image by Anup Shah