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Te Puia

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Business Type: Cultural experience

Price: 48.50


Te Puia is the premier Maori cultural centre in New Zealand - a place of gushing waters, steaming vents, boiling mud pools and spectacular geysers.

Address: Hemo Rd, Rotorua Rotorua

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Situated in the Whakarewarewa Geothermal Valley, Te Puia’s 60 hectare site is home to the New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute, a live kiwi enclosure, the world-famous Pohutu Geyser, and more than 500 geothermal wonders.

With land steeped in ancestral history, and a guiding legacy that stretches back to the 1800s, Te Puia extend their unique hospitality and rich cultural heritage to all visitors.

Looking for things to do in Rotorua? Visit Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley, the living centre of Maori culture and home to the world-famous Pohutu Geyser.

Choose from our Daytime or Nighttime experience, or get the best of both worlds and make it a day to remember with our combo deal.

Te Puia Daytime Experience
Come face to face with Pohutu Geyser, jumping mudpools, and live kiwi birds; watch master carvers and weavers at work, and hear our guides share stories passed down from their ancestors. Guided tours run on the hour every hour from 9am to 5pm. See More...

Adult $48.50 Child* $24.50 Family pass** $130.00

Daytime Experience Combo
Take a trip back through time and be entertained by our unique performers as we showcase our vibrant culture through dance and song. Concert times: 10.15am, 12.15pm, and 3.15pm See More...

Adult $60.50 Child* $30.50 Family pass** $162.00

Experience the taste of our culture with a hangi meal prepared using ancient geothermal cooking techniques. Also includes a flax weaving workshop where you will learn the skills of our traditional craft. One Steambox guided tour daily (subject to availability). Bookings prior to 9am on the day is essential. Operates 11:00am to 1:30pm - includes steambox lunch. See More...
Adult $95.00 Child* $72.00 Family pass** $256.50

Te Pō - Indigenous Evening Experience
Enjoy a mouthwatering banquet of authentic Maori cuisine (kai) and marvel at the breathtaking beauty of our geothermal valley under lights. Includes a traditional welcoming ceremony (powhiri) and intimate concert performance. Te Pō begins at 6:15pm. See More...
Adult $114.00 Child* $57.00 Family pass** $308.00

Te Pō - Indigenous Evening Experience Combo
The ultimate way to experience Maori culture. Includes the Te Ra Daytime Pass, an exclusive guided tour, plus a banquet of storytelling, entertainment and authentic Māori kai (indigenous food) under lights. Te Ra + Te Pō Combo starts at 4:30pm See More...
Adult $150.00 Child* $75.00 Family pass** $405.00

About Us
Te Puia spans 70 hectares within the historic Te Whakarewarewa Valley, on the edge of town. We are home to the world famous Pohutu geyser, to mud pools, hot springs, to silica formations to the Kiwi bird and the national schools of wood carving, weaving, stone and bone carving. We have shared these treasures with manuhiri (visitors) for 170 years and proudly continue that legacy today.

Te Puia Mission
To be the centre of knowledge and excellence for the preservation, presentation, education and growth of traditional expressions of Māori arts, crafts and culture.

Te Puia Principles
The guiding principles were set by Māori elders (koeke) at the establishment of the New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute in 1963. These principles provide a framework on which to build a strong cultural future:

Taonga Tuku Iho - Custodians of treasured heritage
Kaitiakitanga - Guardians of our resources
Manaakitanga - Exceptional hospitality
Mātauranga Māori - Preservation and sharing of our history and knowledge

Our People
In the Māori world, connections between people are integral to our culture. Whakapapa (shared origins) define that world, and these relationships are maintained and honoured throughout the generations.
Our Māori Guides

At Te Puia you will experience this world, where our Māori guides proudly recount stories handed down from their tipuna (ancestors). These are the people who will welcome and befriend you. Through this connection you too will become part of the heritage that is Te Puia. Today’s Te Puia is building on its foundations of openness and hospitality, offering new ways to experience and interact with Māori culture and the natural environment of the Te Whakarewarewa geothermal valley.

Te Puia offers you, through our people, Māori art and onsite experiences, an opportunity to sense our history and feel our living culture. You will walk in the footprints of our Māori ancestors and see their heritage in the faces of their descendants alongside you.

Our Culture
The Act of Parliament that established the New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute granted us the role of guardians of Māori arts, crafts and culture.

Te Puia is home to the national schools of carving and weaving. When you visit, you can watch and interact with master carvers, weavers and their students, and purchase the finished artworks in our Taonga Gallery Gift Shop.

For over 40 years, Te Puia has been involved in the carving of over 30 wharenui (meeting houses) throughout New Zealand and created countless gifts for official guests and dignitaries visiting the country. Our latest initiative, Te Kakano, takes centre stage at the New Zealand Pavillion at the Shanghai World Expo 2010.

Te Puia has a vast range of cultural programmes every year. In many of these Te Puia represents Māori traditions throughout the world. Te Puia is a living cultural institution. Our art forms and culture are our connection to the past and our pathway into the future.

Our Heritage
Te Puia takes its origin from the heritage of the Te Whakarewarewa Valley, with its gushing waters and steaming vents, it’s a place of powerful energies and natural beauty.

Māori people have been living in the area for almost 700 years, and Te Puia offers a chance to find out more about Māori, their culture and land. It’s an opportunity to learn about their knowledge and their history, handed down from generation to generation.

At Te Puia, guiding is as natural as our humour. It is in our bones. Many guides are the sons and daughters, grandchildren and great grandchildren of the guides of old. To this day, many of our guides and staff are the direct descendants of the original people who settled in this valley. They tell stories that have been told for generations and share their own.

The special connection our Māori guides have with the land and its history ensures tours at Te Puia are unlike any other in New Zealand.

Te Whakarewarewa Valley
Te Whakarewarewa geothermal valley is a special place - home to Te Arawa people for generations. The environment alone is of enormous geological significance, with thermal activity ranging from boiling mud to the world famous 30-metre (100-foot) Pohutu geyser, erupting up to 20 times each day. Hot springs, boiling sulphurous pools, silica terraces and bubbling mud pools are among the natural wonders at Te Whakarewarewa.

Te Whakarewarewa is also home to many species of native plants and birds. You can take a guided tour of the New Zealand native bush or you can guide yourself around our thermal valley. Our guides will point out all the native species and describe the many uses Māori find for the natural resources and geothermal activity around them.

Kiwi Conservation Centre
Our Kiwi Conservation Centre is a valuable part of a national Kiwi breeding programme. Here you can see our New Zealand native flightless bird and national icon in a specially lit purpose-built nocturnal house, with expert guides and information at hand.

Hours of work

Daytime Hours Summer (Late September to Early April) : 8am - 6pm (last tour starts at 5pm)
Te Po evening experience runs 6pm - 9pm (requires exclusive Te Po ticket)

Daytime Hours Winter (Early April to Late September) : 8am - 5pm (last tour starts at 4pm)
Te Po evening experience runs 6pm - 9pm (requires exclusive Te Po ticket)


We are a 5 minutes drive from the centre of Rotorua, next to the Whakarewarewa Forest Park, towards Taupo, on Hemo Road.

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Te Po Warrior

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