Ohinemutu Maori Village

Ohinemutu Maori Village


8 Rankers Reviews

5 Face-to-Face

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Elaborately carved Anglican Church


Ohinemutu Village was the region's original Ngati Whakaue settlement. The location was chosen for its lakeside setting and the availability of geothermal energy for cooking, bathing and heating. Before Europeans, Ohinemutu was the main centre for the Rotorua Lake region, visitors and food arrived at this bustling settlement before going on to the surrounding villages.
Visitors are welcome to explore the area on foot, taking care to treat sacred places with respect.


Feature Value Info


Umbrella Organisation

Non-profit organisation


North IslandRotorua RegionRotorua


  • Cultural Experiences
  • Free


Camilla Geert's avatar

Camilla Geert


Ranking: 6/10

This very little Maori place is free to visit. There is not really anything special. All you can see is a couple of Maori buildings and some thermal activity (smoking water) nearby.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Ahmed Mohsen Aly


Ranking: 3/10

Maybe we arrived late? I honestly don't know but it felt we were driving through some normal neighborhood.

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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Bob Fontaine

Ranking: 6/10

Looks more like normal life. Nothing special to me.

Reviewed almost 7 years ago

Richard's avatar


United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

Didn't do the village tour, but did visit St Faith's in the village. It has an amazing engraved glass window that depicts Jesus as a Maori walking on the water.
The church is full of Maori carvings.
Well worth a look.

Reviewed almost 8 years ago

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David Blundell


Ranking: 10/10

Very interesting village. Staff at information office and in gift shops went the extra mile to explain a little of the history of the village, the three churches, their culture, lovely people.

Reviewed about 10 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Uwe Henze's avatar

Uwe Henze


Ranking: 8/10

Very interesting and informative tour.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Alies van der plank


Ranking: 8/10

Nice people, not very touristic, more normal life.

Reviewed over 12 years ago

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Martÿn Steenvoorden


Ranking: 9/10

A great, very informative and fun tour in the little Maori village Ohinemutu. The tour is in a small group of people and real personal. Super great guide: Sonny!!!

Reviewed over 12 years ago