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Whakarewarewa Attractions - Roadside Stories

Whakarewarewa Attractions - Roadside Stories


Tryon St, Rotorua

A Manatū Taonga audio guide to Whakarewarewa. Check out the Ministry for Culture and Heritage's audio guide in the image carousel above.

The Māori village of Whakarewarewa, with its geysers, hot springs and bubbling mud pools, became a tourist attraction in the late 19th century. Whakarewarewa was known for its female guides -- Guide Maggie (Mākereti Papakura) later lived in the UK and studied anthropology at Oxford, and Guide Rangi (Rangitīaria Dennan) guided both the young Queen Elizabeth and US First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt.

Te tāpoi Māori -- Māori tourism,


Around Rotorua city,

Māori women cooking at Whakarewarewa,

Penny divers at Whakarewarewa,

Makereti Papakura,

Rangitiaria Dennan,

Archival audio sourced from Radio New Zealand Sound Archives, Sound files may not be reused without permission from Radio New Zealand Sound Archives (Reference number sa-t-2118-pm).

Roadside Stories are a series of audio guides to places of interest on major road trips in New Zealand. Each guide tells the story of an attraction along the way -- its people, its history, its cultural and natural significance. For more information about Roadside Stories visit

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