Ranked No. 276 in Lonely Planet’s 1st ed. Ultimate Travelist The 500 Best Places on The Planet.
There is no doubt why Lonely Planet listed the Māori village in their ultimate travel list. It’s fascinating to see/experience their unique way of life around natural geothermal wonders.
An eye-popping experience to see how the Māori people incorporate natural geothermal resources in their daily basis.
Another gain after visiting the Maori village? We understand that in Fast & Furious 8 Dwayne Johnson aka The Rock is actually performing a Haka dance, a traditional war cry / war dance instead of merely a tongue poking & eye bulging funny dance.
Bonus! Pohutu geyser can be view from afar in the village.
🄿🅁🄸🄲🄴 : NZD 37 / pax (adult) for Cultural Experience (included guided tour + cultural performance at 11:15 am or 2:00 pm) + Corn (cooked in geothermal pool)
🄽🄾🅃🄴 : Never sit on a table in a Maori village as it is consider as very rude to them. Please be aware and respect others culture even though we might not practicing/following those culture.
🅃🄸🄿🅂 : I’m not sure if there are any price different between booking online and buying on the spot, but we bought our ticket there (nov 2016) and it costed NZD 37 / pax which is cheaper than stated on their website now (July 2017). You can try your luck.
A coward confession: The self-guided nature trails feel a bit creepy to me (tracks are low-difficulty but it’s hard for me to find myself surrounded by bushes, boiling mud pools and steaming bores with nobody around).