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An Afternoon with a Maori Community

Located just a few minutes from central Rotorua I recommend that if you are touring in that area... read more

Reviewed 6 August 2017
Los Gatos, California
Maori Culture and history

This place is home to the Ngāti Whakaue tribe, a sub-tribe of the Te Arawa waka (canoe) which... read more

Reviewed 24 July 2017
Warren P
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Mataiwhera St, Rotorua, New Zealand
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Reviewed 6 August 2017

Located just a few minutes from central Rotorua I recommend that if you are touring in that area you take a small detour and visit the Maori village of Ohinemutu. We arranged to meet one of the wonderful residents who walked us around his village...More

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Reviewed 24 July 2017 via mobile

This place is home to the Ngāti Whakaue tribe, a sub-tribe of the Te Arawa waka (canoe) which journeyed from the Pacific homeland of Hawaiiki to New Zealand around 1350AD. The location was chosen for its lakeside setting and abundant geothermal energy, used for cooking,...More

Thank Warren P
Reviewed 24 July 2017

We took a stroll around the village at sunset, there was nobody about and the lengthening shadows made it almost spiritual. The only sounds came from the bubbling pools and Geo thermal activity which is all around you. The church, cemetary and abundant Maori carvings...More

2  Thank Ian B
Reviewed 23 July 2017

It was a stormy grey day when we were here and that added to the atmosphere of the settlement next to the choppy waters. The Meeting House was closed for a private function but it was good to walk around the area including St Faith’s...More

1  Thank Lavarcham
Reviewed 2 June 2017

On walking around this area, I found it a very quiet, spiritual place. It is in a beautiful spot right on the lake's edge. The church and marae building are beautiful. This is a place of solace, and respect.

1  Thank Linda S
Reviewed 22 May 2017

The local area/community around the Church is worth at least 30 minutes of your time. You'll see plenty of thermal activity from drains/people's gardens, Maori sculptures and a Maori meeting house.

1  Thank 351dannyw
Reviewed 21 May 2017

There's more to see in Rotorua than just the geothermal pools. Go down to the lake and you'll find this 'living Maori' village. It's possible to just walk around by yourself or book a guided walking tour. St Faith's church is lovely, just be aware...More

2  Thank Mathilda J
Reviewed 28 April 2017

Interesting to see how people live in between hot pools and steaming wells. Historic church and beautiful setting at the Rotorua Lake.

1  Thank evelien107666
Reviewed 26 April 2017

We were looking for the church and found this little suburb of Rotorua. It was a lovely surprise even though the smell arising from some of the vents were less than appetising

1  Thank CaravannersDandK
Reviewed 14 April 2017

To sit in the Galilee chapel and see this view is jsut wonderful. We always come here when in Rotorua

1  Thank sheilapshop
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