Rotorua Living & Buried Village Experience - Small Group Day Tour from Auckland

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From $291.33

Price varies by group size

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Pricing Info: Per Person

Duration: 10 hours

Departs: Auckland, Auckland

Ticket Type: Mobile or paper ticket accepted

Free cancellation

Up to 24 hours in advance.

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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.

What's Included

A local English-speaking tour escort throughout the tour

Access to Te Wairoa Trail and Waterfalls

Admission to the buried Village of Te Wairoa

Admission to Whakarewarewa Maori Living Village with cultural show

Complimentary pick up and drop off from Auckland CBD

Complimentary refreshments and water on board

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

Discover the vibrancy of Māori culture and their fascinating traditions

Encounter the award winning Museum of Te Wairoa exhibition

Enjoy a traditional cooking demonstration

Explore the archaeological sites which reveal the devastation

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

Fully guided return transfers from Auckland

Luxurious temperature controlled transportation in a minibus

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

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

What's Not Included

Access to Wi-Fi on board for a small surcharge




Traveler Information

  • INFANT: Age: 0 - 2
  • CHILD: Age: 3 - 11
  • ADULT: Age: 12 - 99

Additional Info

  • COVID-19 vaccination required for guides
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Public transportation options are available nearby
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Suitable for all physical fitness levels
  • 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.
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
  • Easy level of fitness is required and comfortable shoes with a good grip.
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Infants and small children can ride in a pram or stroller
  • Please wear comfortable clothing suitable for the conditions, walking shoes, Sun protection, jacket/warm layer, and bring a camera & any essential personal items.
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Specialized infant seats are available
  • 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.
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Experience may be cancelled due to Insufficient travelers
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

What To Expect

Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village
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 & pools that make up the Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley.

Discover the wonders of Mother Nature & learn how we have come to live in harmony within this unique environment. The guided tours are entertaining & informative with a focus on giving everyone an understanding of the Maori history, culture & 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.

2 hours • Admission Ticket Included

Buried Village of Te Wairoa
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 our 12-acre grounds 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.

2 hours • Admission Ticket Included

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