Explore Te Puia’s unique Whakarewarewa geothermal valley home to the world famous Pohutu Geyser, which erupts up to twenty times a day, and up to thirty metres high into the air. Explore the boiling mud pools and the boiling waters which are still used to cook in.
Te Puia is an iconic New Zealand destination for visitors. Our tradition of guiding in the Whakarewarewa geothermal valley extends for generations with many of our guides having a direct links to Rotorua’s earliest hosts, we share stories and insight into this unique corner of the world.
Feel the warm welcome of Maori guides from the moment you walk into Te Puia past the twelve monumental carvings – Te Heketanga a Rangi reaching skywards.
Along with access to the world famous Pohutu geyser, visitors have an opportunity to see Maori cultural performances, live kiwi, boiling mud pools, native bush and the National Schools of Wood Carving and Weaving. These are the threads that form the fabric of Te Puia, fitting its role as kaitiaki (guardian) of M?ori culture for future generations to come.
Rotorua’s Te Puia Experiences.
Book a Day Tour or an Evening Experience of Te Puia or enjoy the best of both and make it a perfect Rotorua experience with our combo package deals.
Book a guided tour with one of our friendly guides leaving every hour from 9.00 am (Last tour 4.00pm) Guided tours are not compulsory so you can just meander and experience Te Puia at your own pace.
Your experience starts at Te Heketanga a Rangi the entrance to Te Puia with its twelve monumental carvings that represent celestial Maori guardians. Listen to the ancestral stories of the Maori settlement in Rotorua and about their culture.
Explore Rotorua’s sixty hectare active geothermal valley of Te Whakarewarewa showcasing the best of Rotorua’s mud pools and over 500 geothermal wonders that include the Southern Hemisphere’s largest active geyser “Pohutu Geyser” erupting once or twice per hour at up to 30 metres high.
Enjoy the opportunity to see iconic native New Zealand kiwi birds in the nocturnal kiwi houseviewing enclosure. View Traditional Maori Carving and Weaving performed before your eyes, including wood, stone & bone carvings as well flax-weaving.
Glimpse into how the Maori people lived prior to European settlement, in the two Marae’s or sacred meeting houses at Te Puia’s model Pre-European Maori Village and sacred Marae.
To complete your Te Puia experience visit the Taonga gallery and gift shop where you can commemorate your visit and purchase souvenirs, including Maori carvings, jewellery and authentic treasures (taonga).
The Te Ra + Te Po Combo showcases the best that Te Puia has to offer, combining all of the highlights of the Day Pass, with the Evening Experience. This combo package is the best way to experience a fantastic activity in Rotorua.
The Te Po departs at 6.00pm where a mouthwatering Maori feast awaits that includes entrée of New Zealand oysters, a selection of breads and dips, and a local drink made from kawakawa extract and manuka honey. Hangi-cooked foods accompanied by flavoured meats, chicken, lamb, vegetables and salads. We recommend leaving room for dessert, as you will definitely find something to satisfy your sweet tooth.
Board the motorised waka (transporter) for a journey through The Valley Under Lights. Marvel at the sights and sounds of Whakarewarewa geothermal valley under the starry, night sky, and the Pohutu Geyser illuminated in its full glory right in front of you.
This experience combines the best of Maori performing arts with your Day Pass, You will be able to explore the geothermal valley and famous Rotorua mud pools & geysers, get close to the rare New Zealand kiwi bird, and be enriched by our Maori Arts, Crafts, Culture & History; all included in the Te Ra Day Pass. Follow this with the added bonus of an unforgettable 45 – minute Maori cultural performance (Kapa Haka) an exciting introduction to Maori culture. A traditional karanga (welcome) marks the start of 45 minutes of song and dance inside the meeting house, here, surrounded by the beautiful wooden carvings of ancestors, visitors are treated to harmonies, the seductive poi dance, the ferocious haka (war challenge), and the complex tititorea (stick games).
Discover the distinctive flavours and unique preparation of our traditionally cooked Maori hangi. The Te Ra + Kai Ngawha Tour includes an extended tour of Te Puia, an interactive weaving experience, plus a traditionally cooked steambox lunch to enjoy in front of Pohutu Geyser.
In an authentic Hangi make your choice from a selection of prepared food including: chicken, corn, kumara, pumpkin, potato, cabbage, watercress, and gourmet bread stuffing. Once you have placed your favourite delicacies inside the hangi basket, you are ready to head to NgaWha Puapua, the constantly active steam vent opening used to cook your kai (food) the authentic way.
Following your guided tour and hands-on weaving experience, you will return to Pohutu Geyser to enjoy your lunchtime feast in front of the southern hemisphere’s largest active geyser.
The Te Po Tour is a one of a kind feast of storytelling, entertainment and Maori cuisine. Be enriched with a deeper understanding of Maori traditions and absorb the unforgettable sights of this top Rotorua attraction at nightfall.
Highlights of this cultural evening experience