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Te Puia Maori Arts and Crafts Institute with Optional Cultural Performance

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    What to Expect
    Make your way to Te Puia and meet your Maori guide at the entrance to the New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute. Hear stories and legends passed down over generations, learn about Maori settlement in Rotorua, and gain insight into this thriving culture as you observe master woodcarvers and artisans trained in the intricate art of weaving flax.

    At the nocturnal kiwi house, catch a rare sight of this unusual flightless bird — New Zealand's national emblem. 

    Then walk past the bubbling mud pools and steaming springs of the Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley, and don’t miss the 100-foot (30-meter) Pohutu Geyser, which erupts up to 20 times a day.

    Optional Upgrade: Maori Cultural Performance

    This spectacle of dance and song takes place several times throughout the day. Start with a ceremonial welcome at the marae, or meeting place, including the nose-to-nose Maori greeting known as the hongi. You’ll see weaponry displays, poi dances and stick games, and be mesmerized by the haka war dance.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Te Puia, Rotorua
    Departure Time
    Opening Hours: 8am to 5pm daily
    Cultural Performance: 10:15am, 12:15pm, 3:15pm daily
    Duration
    7h
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    Inclusions
    • Professional guide
    • Cultural performance (if option selected)
    • Entry/Admission - New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute
    • Entry/Admission - Te Puia
    Exclusions
    • Food and drinks
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • Gratuities
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    We nearly missed Rotoura but our friends said this place was a must see. We primarily went for the only working geyser but were really impressed with the sensitive cultural performance including my very shy partner joining in with the Haka. Only slightly diminished by the number
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    Response from TePuia, Guest Relations Manager at Te Puia Maori Arts and Crafts Institute with Optional Cultural Performance
    Responded 2 days ago
    Kia ora, Thank you for the lovely comments, glad to hear you enjoyed your time here with us at Te Puia. Our Maori culture is something we pride ourselves on, and we are pleased to have shared that with you Thanks again for your review, we hope to see you again. Ngā Mihi Te Puia Whanau
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    A great day, a great Maori cultural experience and the geysers, mud pools and steaming waters are magical. The smells are a little rife but that is only to be expected and our guide explained how it all started. The other highlight is if you’re lucky and quiet you can see a
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    Response from TePuia, Guest Relations Manager at Te Puia Maori Arts and Crafts Institute with Optional Cultural Performance
    Responded 2 days ago
    Kia ora, Our landscape truly is something else, with our kiwi birds, geysers, plus our Maori culture - it really is an experience you should not miss. Thanks again for your lovely comment, we hope to see you again Ngā Mihi Te Puia Whanau
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    Maia was an amazing tour guide, answering all of our questions and giving great information. Loved the arts and craft centre. Also was lucky enough to see the main geyser go off and to see a kiwi bird in their new enclosure. Definitely do a guided tour if you visit.
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    Response from TePuia, Guest Relations Manager at Te Puia Maori Arts and Crafts Institute with Optional Cultural Performance
    Responded 2 days ago
    Kia ora! Yes, Maia is one of our exceptional guides who never ceases to amaze and entertain our visitors with her knowledge on the Geothermal valley, TeWhakarewarewatangaoteOpeTauaaWahiao. As many of our guides are the same we pride ourselves on being able to answer pretty much any question you can think of when it comes to Te Puia or the Valley. I will be sure to Pass this on to Maia when I see her! We Hope you enjoy the rest of your stay here in New Zealand and we wish you all the best on your travels. Ngā Mihi Te Puia Whanau
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    If you have the chance to visit Te Puia you definitely have to go there. The landscape and all the volcanic activities you can see there is just stunning! And even the Art Institute is worth a visit.
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    Response from TePuia, Guest Relations Manager at Te Puia Maori Arts and Crafts Institute with Optional Cultural Performance
    Responded 2 days ago
    Kia ora, Our landscape truly is something else, with our kiwi birds, geysers, plus our Maori culture - it really is an experience you should not miss. Thanks again for your lovely comment, we hope to see you again Ngā Mihi Te Puia Whanau
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    I had a limited window for my visit, and was able to see everything I was hoping for. The geysers and mud pools are easy to see, which many viewing platforms. The cultural performance was forthright and well done - approx 9 performers doing a mix of songs, haka and martial
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    Response from TePuia, Guest Relations Manager at Te Puia Maori Arts and Crafts Institute with Optional Cultural Performance
    Responded 2 days ago
    Tena koe, We appreciate the review you have given us it seems like you ticked off all the highlights of what Rotorua has to offer which is what we are here for. So very happy that we could accommodate for those needs! We here at Te Puia would like to wish you safe travels while on holiday and we hope to see you again sometime soon. Ngā Mihi Te Puia Whanau
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    About the operator
    By: Te Puia
    5,211 reviews
    Certificate of Excellence
    Fred W
    Doorn, Netherlands
    31948
    Signage is chaos
    Very nice park showcasing the geothermal conditions of the area, Maori way of life, arts and a village and a kiwi
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    Sally P
    Bournemouth, United Kingdom
    10028
    Surprisingly large site with lots of different areas of interest
    We nearly missed Rotoura but our friends said this place was a must see. We primarily went for the only working
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    Valerie T
    10
    Geological wonder
    A great day, a great Maori cultural experience and the geysers, mud pools and steaming waters are magical. The
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    Philip M
    70
    Guided tour of site
    Our guide was a native mauri, so very knowledgeable. We saw the geysers, mud pools, kiwis (a special exhibit)and
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    joachimg858
    Dusseldorf, Germany
    6112
    Definitely a recommendation
    We had a tour with lunch - highly recommendable! Lots of information about the Maori culture and our guide was
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    chilrach
    Brisbane, Australia
    121
    Exceptional Tour
    Maia was an amazing tour guide, answering all of our questions and giving great information. Loved the arts and
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    960jasminv
    Tamborine Mountain, Australia
    10
    Must do!
    If you have the chance to visit Te Puia you definitely have to go there. The landscape and all the volcanic
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    K8nTO
    Toronto, Canada
    205
    Delivered the highlights
    I had a limited window for my visit, and was able to see everything I was hoping for. The geysers and mud pools
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    116donnat
    Jacksonville, Florida
    147
    Traffic Jam
    Show was authentic not cheesy! The food was ok for a buffet. After dinner the shuttle to the geysers was full.
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    Rex L
    2216
    Te Puia Hot Springs
    What a fantastic place to see and experience the Maori culture! My wife and I had the pleasure of have a personal
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    Aggiedude82
    Houston, Texas
    12758
    Amazing Maori experience and Geiser!
    Started off the morning with some hot tea (it was 10 degrees celsius) at a reasonable price. Then went and did the
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    ayushg1984
    New Delhi, India
    247
    Overmarketed, average park
    We visited Te Puia as a family of 4, primarily to see the Pohutu geyser, a geothermal park and the Kiwi bird. The
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    David R
    Perth, Australia
    273
    Maori history cultural our, once rot, hung and geysers all in one
    Our guide, Auntie Carol, shares the Maori history, including her personal stories wwhich was enlightening and
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    Matthew G
    34
    There will be mud
    This is all very interesting seeing the geysers, mud baths and Kiwis. Perhaps a little over priced for a walk
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    BryanP164
    Melbourne, Australia
    226
    Amazing natural phenomena
    Enjoyed our guided walk and the Huka - would certainly recommend this. You can stay as long as you like
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