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On the shore of Lake Rotorua, close to the city centre, we found this regular Maori village, where still people live their lives. We walked through the streets and along houses and nowhere tourists !!

On several places is hot water coming to the surface and is streaming through the village. Everywhere is the smell of sulphur.

In the middle of the village is the impressive Tamatekapua Marea, surrounded by other typical Maori buildings.
Opposite this meeting house is the St. Faith's Anglican Church, built in 1910 in Tudor style. We were not surprised to find an interior with wood carvings, weaved panels and painted scrollwork. The church has also famous stained-glass windows.

Ohinemutu is absolutely not a commercial Maori village and there is no entrance fee (as in Whakarewarewa).

Directions: On the shore of Lake Rotorua, more or less at the end of Tutanekai Street (main shopping araea)

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