Story: Te Arawa

Early tourist attractions, Whakarewarewa (1st of 3)

Early tourist attractions, Whakarewarewa

Women of Te Arawa perform a Māori action song outside Te Rauru meeting house around 1900. Māori culture was seen as a significant element in New Zealand’s appeal to visitors, even in the very early days of tourism. In the 2000s, tourism was vital for the economy of Rotorua city and for the Te Arawa people.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Tourist and Publicity Department Collection
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Paul Tapsell, 'Te Arawa - Economic and social change', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 4 December 2021)

Story by Paul Tapsell, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 22 Mar 2017