Te Puia

Te Puia, Rotorua: Hours, Address, Te Puia Reviews: 4.5/5

Historic Sites • Points of Interest & Landmarks • Hot Springs & Geysers
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
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.
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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CharlotteR
1 contribution
Jan. 2022
My girlfriends and I were travelling through Rotorua and decided to stop and experience Te Puia and what an amazing experience it was. Our day started off with a coffee and simply the most divine custard tart (which my have rivalled my own) Kahu our tour guide was amazing and we learnt so much about Māori culture, the geyser was breathtaking to behold and the students, it was a pleasure to meet them and see them continuing on their heritage arts, we were simply blown away and thankful for the experience, highly recommended ps. try the custard tarts u won’t be disappointed compliments to the chef.
Written 19 January 2022
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Terry
Auckland, New Zealand3 contributions
Jan. 2022
A memorable historical and cultural experience. Kahu the guide is the guy to take you through this tour. Learnt more about the Maori culture particularly as we visited the arts and crafts institution. As we witnessed the experts at work, the students informed us of their work and profession in areas like bone carving, wood carving, and weaving. The tour to the mud pools was great because my first visit many years ago was without the guide, Kahu was very informative and even cooked pudding using an earth oven. Worth a visit!
Written 17 January 2022
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Jane H
Christchurch, New Zealand92 contributions
Jan. 2022
We attended two activities at this venue:
1) The Sunday Brunch - all you can eat buffet. Highly recommend. Nice tasty food, chefs constantly checking, updating and replacing food. A good selection of breakfast and lunch items. Tea and coffee also available. $38.50 for an adult and $27 for a child. We left too full !
2) The Day Pass - we purchased the family pass for $79. It is valid for 2 days but we won't be able to use as leaving Rotorua. If you are attending, make sure you go when you have the guided tour - it is fantastic. Our guide was great, very informative and knowledgable and was easy to understand. The information provided such as the maori meeting house, how tools and art is made, the gysers, etc is great. Even though I've been to a maori before and attending numerous museums and done lots of research, still learnt lots of new things.
Fully enjoyed and would recommend.
Written 16 January 2022
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kootsfam5
Trail, Canada12 contributions
Jan. 2022 • Family
Today our family of 7 went on a guided tour with Kahu, it was fantastic! He had a great energy and you could see the love he had for his job and for sharing his information with guests. Kahu was friendly and very funny, he interacted with everyone on the tour. Te Puia was very quiet and not many people visiting, and that is very sad to see.
I found the pricing great and we were not rushed at all. In fact we actually arrived at 10am and stayed until 4pm, that’s how much we enjoyed ourselves.
We all had lunch at the restaurant and we all really enjoyed it. Prices were very reasonable for the size and quality of the meal we had. Kids meals were huge. 2 of us had the chicken hungi and it was delicious!
I highly recommend that everyone get out there and check this place out for your first time or go see it all again and show your support to this fantastic place. Enjoy it while it is quiet. We are here from Canada 🇨🇦 and will be coming back to Te Puia on our next trip to NZ!
Written 11 January 2022
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Joy S
Rotorua, New Zealand2 contributions
Jan. 2022 • Couples
What can I say other than perfection? To learn about a new culture, see kiwis, tour a school and see natural geothermal wonders was an absolute treat. Not to mention our tour guide Kahu was an absolute delight.
Written 8 January 2022
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Kia ora JoyS2312, Thank you for sharing your impressions of your time with us. Kahu is that perfect balance of humor, knowledge, and willingness to share. Thank you again and we look forward to maybe seeing you again in the future.
Written 8 January 2022
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Tim
5 contributions
Jan. 2022 • Couples
Seeing Pohutu geyser and smaller geysers and surrounding areas. Great time seeing young people learning awesome skills as well. Beautiful works of art in gallery. Kiwi were bonus. Steamed dessert great end to tour 😃
Written 7 January 2022
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Kia ora Tjs895, Thank you for taking the time to post your review of your experience at Te Puia - and thank you for visiting. I'll make sure that Kahu sees your feedback. Safe travels.
Written 8 January 2022
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Fred R
5 contributions
Jan. 2022
Many highlights to the tour!

Can get extremely close the the Pohutu geyser (within a few meters), which is an awesome sight when it goes off - which it does regularly. The chance to eat some steam pudding cooked in the ground was very special.

We learnt so much about the area's history and future from our awesome guide, Kahu. We thoroughly recommend visiting Te Puia.
Written 7 January 2022
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Kia ora fredroberts175, Thank you for your 5-star review... we love the steamed pudding as well.
Written 8 January 2022
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Kirstin K
Swanson, New Zealand41 contributions
Jan. 2022 • Family
What a fantastic opportunity to see these new artists in action. Gorgeous examples of work and fantastic explanation of all the historical and future references.
The geyser was fantastic and magic hot mud pools. Great setup and we really loved the local flavor on offer.
Written 6 January 2022
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Kia ora Kirstin K, Your feedback really touches on the heart of what we do, our kaupapa. The creative and cultural perpetuation elements of our wananga never cease to amaze. Thank you for visiting and your review.
Written 8 January 2022
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Paul S
Napier, New Zealand45 contributions
Jan. 2022 • Couples
Our guide was Tamati, on a hot January morning. He was excellent company, and very informative.

He guided a large group of New Zealanders (COVID travel restrictions meant overseas visitors could not get into NZ) through the Marea, Māori handcrafts school (carving greenstone, carving wood and weaving), the Kiwi bird exhibit and of course the geysers and hot pools.
It was interesting and informative even to somebody who has lived in NZ for 40 years.

The crafts school commentary was supplemented by the expert tutors from each school section, providing information on historical background as well as current curriculum.

The Kiwi bird experience allowed us to see active birds in a natural like environment, protected by sound proof glass so that the birds were not disturbed or over familiarized with humans. The birds will be released into outdoor natural sanctuary’s when they are big enough . Kiwi bird specialists provided facts and answered questions.

Then out to the hot pools and geysers, with more facts on them and the local Māori tribes history and activities around the geothermal zone.

This trip was much more than the expected hot pools and geysers and well worth a visit by local New Zealanders as well as visitors when they are able to get to NZ again.
Written 4 January 2022
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Kia ora Paul S, Your review is about as perfect a review as we aspire to achieve by sharing that your time with us was so much more than what you expected. Our secret ingredient has always been our people and Tamati is another wonderful example of that guiding legacy, even on a hot January day. Thank you again and we look forward to maybe seeing you again in the future.
Written 5 January 2022
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Jessica G
1 contribution
Jan. 2022
Our host Kahu was awesome and gave a great tour. I think it would be accessible to someone who didn't know NZ very well but still worthwhile for people like us who grew up here. Highly recommend!
Written 4 January 2022
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Kia ora nzjessica, thank you for your review. That's an observation we get a lot... where Kiwis might have heard about something growing up, and have had it reaffirmed or explained in a different way. Either way, any amount of time spent with Kahu (or any of our amazing Kaiarahi team) is going to be a fun, shared conversation amongst friends. Thank you again for visiting!
Written 4 January 2022
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