P1320654When visiting Rotorua, New Zealand, I stayed at Holiday Inn Rotorua, next door from Whakarewarewa. Whakarewarewa is known as the Living Thermal Village. It was a quite natural choice to visit the place early on my visit. I checked the times of the guided tours and bought the ticket at the entrance. Maori have lived at this site for 700 years, and today it is home to the New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute, the guardian-place of Maori arts, crafts and culture. At the heart of Whakarewarewa is the Pa, a Maori village where you can walk among the whares (traditional carved houses) and learn about how the indigenous peoples of New Zealand lived not so very long ago. The geothermal environment is very special and they used that for everyday living purposes including cooking and bathing. I also attended cultural performance at 2.00pm. The Very nice experience helped me to understand better Maori culture and life.

  • Published by Anita on December 6, 2015
  • Visited December 2014

 

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