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“so educational” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Te Puia

Te Puia
Hemo Road, Rotorua, New Zealand
64 7 348 9047
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Ranked #11 of 33 Attractions in Rotorua
Type: Educational Sites, Cultural
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Owner description: 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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“so educational”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2013

it was so good to see young people learning the crafts of their ancesters. WE heard songs and anecdotes of the old times.Seeing the thermal springs was amazing!!

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“A must see”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2013

I had a guided tour around Te Puia and it was explained to me about the history and the cultural significance of the area.

Te Puia is home to the famous Pohutu Geyser, mud pools and geothermal waters.

We was also shown around the Kiwi house (where we had a perfect viewing of 2 active kiwi's), a reconstructed Maori village & meeting house and the reserves carving and weaving schools.

Educational, entertaining and awe inspiring all at the same time. Well worth the money.

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“Over priced, poorly organised and a big disappointment”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2013

On our way to Rotorua from Lake Taupo we saw some geysers and mud pools in the wild. Arriving at the outskirts of Rotorua we saw Te Puia and, although recognising that it would be set out for tourists, thought we should visit since it is one of the main local attractions. A daytime ticket was around £30 per adult. The signs around the site were very poor and some of the 'attractions' were closed or looked very tired. We gave up waiting for the guided tour since there was a huge group of Japanese tourists waiting, so chose to walk round on our own. We were lucky, I believe, to see a very active Pohutu geyser and mud pools but the reconstructed Maori village lacked any real atmosphere or sense of how they lived. The Kiwi in the much lauded Kiwi House did not appear and there was no guide there. On a return to the Kiwi house later a guide appeared and informed us that we would be unlikely to see a Kiwi because it/they had been frightened off by a barrage of camera flash lights that morning. The final straw was hearing the refrain of 'She'll be Coming round the Mountain when she comes' sung by the lady driver of the touring tourist train. Perhaps children would have enjoyed it and maybe it is best to visit as a family.

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“We went to see some Geezers or should that be Geysers!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2013

Outstanding! Our Guide, a young Maori lady was excellent, her knowledge of the geophysical side of the site and the history and culture of the Maori people was first class. She guided us round the complex with a nice easy running commentary and seemed to know exactly when to pause to enable us to take some stunning pictures. The Geysers were awesome, they seemed to just go on and on. The sulphur smell was not as bad as we had expected. The tour through the Maori Cultural Centre and village was very informative, and our guide gave us a demonstration of how Flax leaves can be turned into all kinds of things. Well worth the visit!

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“Authentic Experience of Nature”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

I was impressed by the way this attraction was right from the first minute - ample parking and well placed signs at the admissions detailing the different types of tours you can join in. Different choices of admission fees paid will give you access to (i) the park (ii) authentic Maori experience with performances (iii) Evening Maori experience.

The geysers and bubbling mudpools were an eye-opener, and there was even an observatory dome where I spotted 2 kiwis in their habitat.

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