Te Puia
Historic SitesPoints of Interest & LandmarksHot Springs & Geysers
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 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.
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  • LSQRD1
    Kent, Ohio821 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic and informative
    We really loved our visit to Te Puia. Our guide was amazing and we learned so much about the Maori culture. The thermal area was awesome and the kiwi house was great too. The cultural elements were so informative and it was fascinating to visit the educational facility. We had a fantastic and eye opening experience! Highly recommend!
    Visited June 2023
    Written 20 August 2023
  • Jane C
    185 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Educational
    This site is guided only. Not as much thermal activity as other places but with the tour you get a visit to the kiwi house and also to the Maori arts facility where you can watch the students at work. Very educational and your guide will explain Maori traditions and culture for you.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 24 August 2023
  • sccrref
    1,667 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must do
    This was one of the must see things to do we felt we had to see while in NZ. So much we rented a car from Auckland and 3 of us drove. We did the 1130 Cultural performance and guided tour. Fascinating, educational, beautiful. From the cultural performance to geysers, mud pots, thermal pools there is a lot to take in. Nice gift shop. Only negative is that the buffet Moari lunch ends from the 1130 tour finishes so you cant have the buffet. Keep it open another half hour!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 7 September 2023
  • JWBonnyman
    Knoxville, Tennessee29 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Outstanding Cultural Performance
    Te Puia, adjacent to the historic Whakarewarewa village, is the more upscale side of the valley, less authentic and more commercial. The guide who walked us around the property was friendly, but had little to say, and didn’t really engage with the large group. It was a whirlwind tour but we enjoyed zipping through the New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute (NZMACI) and laying eyes on an actual north island brown kiwi in the enclosure. Of course the steaming pools were amazing and on this side of the valley, you can walk right up to the geysers. The absolute highlight of the visit was the high-quality cultural performances inside the large meeting house. It is a replica, but still impressive. It begins outside the building on the grounds with the performers honoring and engaging the audience in a traditional welcoming ceremony. The dancers/singers were the best and seemed be truly enjoying themselves on stage.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 12 September 2023
  • carolmfox
    Honolulu, Hawaii53 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting experience
    Worth the entry fee for up close views of the geysers and mud pit. Loved seeing the kiwi birds being treated so well. Enjoyed the arts and crafts teaching young people their ancestors skills but with modern tools they appreciate! Didn’t bother with the show or eating. Liked the gift shop.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 September 2023
  • Sue L
    Broulee, Australia97 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best in Rotorua
    This was a fabulous tour. Our guide (Shaun) had just the right mix or sincere knowledge and funny quips. There were many highlights - the geyser, the kiwi, the mud pool and what I really loved was seeing the training school - such talent. Best thermal experience in Rotorua. As an aside - I really loved that they didn’t ask for reviews.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 September 2023
  • Julie S
    Pretoria, South Africa105 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Bubbling mud and steaming rocks
    This was a most interesting and informative tour. Very enjoyable, even the children were intrigued and had questions. The restaurant was good for a quick bite and a coffee. The curio shop was interesting and fun with something for everyone and reasonable prices. We loved the staff and tour guides. Everyone seemed to go the extra mile.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 8 October 2023
  • NikkiF81
    12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must do experience!
    Did the Te Pō experience. Started the tour with seeing the incredible Geyser, saw a Kiwi, the mud pools and the Māori Arts and Crafts Institute. After we had the amazing Hāngī Buffet Dinner, the food was incredible. We sat on the balcony watching the Geyser while we ate. Then we got to see the cultural performances, including the haka & poi. To end the night we went back to the geyser to drink hot chocolate. Our tour guide Rob was incredible and shared so much for his culture!
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 10 October 2023
  • springbanktraveller
    966 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Maori craftmanship
    On our guided small group tour we stopped at Te Pauia for a delicious buffet lunch, alcoholic drinks extra from the bar. Such a large variety of meats, salads and desserts. The restaurant was across from one of the main points of interest: a geyser erupting at intervals and up to a hundred feet high. We were then taken inside the Maori Institute for crats - waving, jewelery, wood carving and many other items of interest were explained. Close by was a darkened area where the kiwis were living, very secretive birds, so we were lucky to see just one. Onwards for a closer look at the cascading thermal geysers and pools. Well worth a visit.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 18 October 2023
  • Diane S
    Fairfax Station, Virginia183 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Many attractions in One
    A great way to see many aspects of Rotorua in one location. The geothermal features such as the geysers and mud pots were fascinating and the scenery is beautiful. The Maori cultural exhibits and seeing artisans working was very interesting and informative. The Kiwi conservation area was a bonus, because we definitely didn't see and kiwis in the wild during our stay.
    Visited January 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 November 2023
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Lyndall S
Flagstone, Australia73 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
What a wonderful morning visiting this visual phenomena which was truly enhanced with the commentary from our guide Buster.
The cultural arts crafts and welcome with dance and song was excellent and at last we saw live kiwis.
After the formal guiding and entertainment we were able to wander back through all areas and of course revisit the kiwis. Don’t forget to visit the cafe for the wonderful treats.
We visited this same Māori and thermal experience 25 years ago. It was enjoyable then but is now exceptional.
Written 7 June 2024
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JaneMLondon
London131 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
We picked this site because we particularly wanted to see the erupting geysers and also the Kiwi conservation area, plus it is at Rotorua itself rather than out of town. Neither disappointed, but we also enjoyed hearing about the links to the Maori community and seeing the arts and crafts school. We thought the system of having a guided tour first, after which you can wander at will on your own, worked really well. You can get pretty close to the kiwis as they are behind glass in a darkened area and are therefore not disturbed by the visitors. Plenty of parking (we had a campervan).
Written 16 May 2024
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Ruth G
Heswall, UK19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2023 • Family
Highly Recommend this tour, was fascinating and our guide Patrick was extremely knowledgeable and friendly. He showed us the geysers up close and cooked us a delicious butterscotch pudding in one of the geothermal pools! We saw the shy little Kiwi birds, very cute and the bubbling mud pools, which are very mesmerising, you just cant stop looking at them! Shout out too to Gene and Justine in the gift shop who helped us with a lovely wooden carving of a Māori warrior! All the family had great fun.
Written 13 May 2024
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Jason
Canberra, Australia122 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Our family of four did the afternoon tour and dinner package. The tour started with a walk through what is essentially a cultural trade school where students are learning traditional crafts. It was quite interactive. We then went and saw a kiwi and on to the thermal springs which were quite spectacular.
The buffet dinner was good with a lot of variety. Finally there was a traditional show with dancing and singing. A good insight into Maori culture without being too in depth or heavy.
Written 6 May 2024
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Nova
Anaheim, CA296 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
If your stay in Rotorua is short, the Te Rā Guided Experience is a MUST do here and offers a little bit of everything. The geysers were awesome, and the large one goes off every 30 minutes naturally. The kiwi exhibit is wonderful to see the elusive little guys. It's great to learn about Maori culture, but the real winner here is seeing a Haka! The traditional Maori war dance is emotional and powerful to watch – I feel like it's a must see when visiting New Zealand. While the guided tour felt chaotic in the beginning and we were rushed through the woodworking areas and constantly losing our guide, it calmed down after we were let free after seeing the kiwis once we got to the geysers. I also deeply appreciated that this place offers free wheelchairs to borrow during our tour for those like me who can't stand or walk for long. Truly this place was a highlight of our trip!
Written 4 May 2024
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Sue H
Penarth, UK504 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We had an excellent guide, enjoyed seeing the schools, Kiwi, mud pools and of course the Geyser - the only disappointment was it being a guided tour - my daughter had visited a few years previously and had enjoyed wandering at her own pace to explore which I had been looking forward to - I could have done this by walking back up but chose the ride back up instead.

Well worth a visit
Written 28 April 2024
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vanessa g
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
I was in New zealand for 10 days in March 2024 traveling our way from Auckland to Queenstown. We covered a lot of territory from the north to the South island, but never felt rushed. In awe of the stunning countrysides, natural beauty, and varied landscape...we learned about the Kiwi's efforts to preserve the native bush, explored the geysers in Rotorua (Te Puia), landed a helicopter on the icy Isabelle glacier, discovered breathtaking sights of snow-capped mountains and the epic Milford sound, and had the honor of attending a Maori dinner and performance (my favorite part of the trip) that culminated with experiencing all cultures as one! Even though every day of this trip was an exquisite adventure, it would not have been as wonderful without our guides from GOOD Travel, Debbie and Emily! They were knowledgeable, helpful, entertaining, and above all warm and friendly - we couldn't have asked for anyone better, thank you so much!!! The country of New Zealand broadened my horizons and the new friends I met brought so much joy...what a privilege to embark on such a trip! Vanessa G.
Written 19 April 2024
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Cliff S
Safety Harbor, FL159 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Excellent evening tour of the grounds, the geyser valley, and the school that teaches Māori to weave, woodwork, and carve stones. We enjoyed a great buffet dinner and a fabulous show by the Māori performers.
Written 11 April 2024
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Beth P
San Antonio, TX90 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
5 stars!!!!! This tour was amazing! We saw a Kiwi bird (that’s a big deal), mud pits, geysers, naturally warm stones, walked through the cultural school, had a wonderful dinner, saw a cultural performance and had hot chocolate by moonlight. I will admit I teared up during the performance because it was so special and we felt so privileged to be included in Māori family. By choosing to visit this family and property we can help keep the culture thriving! Our guide Pippi is a sixth generation guide and was super sweet. Our evening guide Des was amazing and has a bursting personality you can’t miss! Please visit, learn and take a piece of this world home with you!
Written 10 April 2024
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Alison H
Geelong, Australia10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
We almost didn't go because of the high price but it was worth it. (And the price goes partly towards the school there.) You book a guided tour which goes for about 1.5hrs and you can then wander around at your leisure afterwards. The walk winds around so you get some good views of the geysers, the walk thru the kiwi exhibit is quick considering they are so well camouflaged but we saw one of the two. Then we got to the geyser and had about 20min to wander around. We were very lucky and happened to be there when the geyser erupted. Then we boarded a "train" to go back to the central area and the guide walked us through the crafting school which was really interesting and there is an art gallery.
We then went to the cafe which meant we had to walk right around the outside and through the entrance again to get back into the park. We didn't realise that the cafe is outside the park but it was no problem as we had wristbands and just walked back in. It's just something to keep in mind as you plan your day/meals. So then we went back to look at the geyser and the kiwis at our own pace. We had a great look at both kiwis because the enclosure is nicely designed and they happened to be quite active when we were there. I would definitely go back to Te Puia and recommend it to people. They don't make it clear enough on their website that you have the guided tour and then are able to walk around on your own. I'd allow 2.5hrs or more too look around plus there are walking trails that we did not do because we were with our elderly Mum.
Written 4 April 2024
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