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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John and Les C
New Plymouth, New Zealand363 contributions
Worth A Visit.
Jun 2021
Worth a visit but a little pricey at $39 each as we were only there for just over a hour. Nevertheless we enjoyed ourselves seeing the kiwis, geysers and bubbly mud - nice walk around the park (foot paths are well maintained).
Written June 19, 2021
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Kia ora John and Les Thank you for your feedback and happy to hear that you enjoyed many aspects of what we have to offer. Our regular retail price is $60 pp per day pass. The discounted price of $39 you received although heavily discounted, still encourages visitors to stay for as long as they can, to ensure they receive the highest value for money, and to truly appreciate all that Te Puia has to offer. We thank you again for your feedback and for coming to visit Te Puia, Home of the NZ Maori Arts and Crafts Institute. We look forward to seeing you again in the future, and hope that you will have more time to take in all the wonders of Te Whakarewarewa Valley, the NZ Maori Arts and Crafts Institute, Pataka Kai Restaurant and the Kiwi Conservation Centre. Nga Mihi Te Puia Team
Written June 21, 2021
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Carlene H
Queensland, Australia182 contributions
Great day out with a great history of the Maori people
Jun 2021
Have been to Te Puia before but just wandered around on our own.
This trip we decided to do the guided tour with Mr Personality himself Kahu :-)
This guy is great, very informative with a vast knowledge of what he is talking about, Interacted with all the group and made sure we were all OK throughout the tour. Would definately suggest the guided tour if your looking at going through the grounds.
Had lunch in the restuarant which was delicious, we ordered the "hangi" which came with plenty of food for the main and a dessert for $25.00. Well worth the money.
Thanks for a great day
Written June 17, 2021
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Brigid H
1 contribution
Magical Moments at Te Puia
Jun 2021
The highlight of my whirlwind trip to Rotorua - Te Puia was the perfect mix of extraordinary sights, education, and fun. I took the afternoon guided tour with Kahu, and it was so good I'd be tempted to do it again next visit. Difficult to pick a highlight, but if I had to it was being in the thermal valley, watching the Pohutu Geyser and learning that that particular day marked the 135th anniversary of the Mt Tarawera eruption - a spiritual, significant moment that rocked our group.
Nga mihi Kahu and Team Te Puia for looking after us so beautifully.
Don't miss this - highly recommended!
Written June 11, 2021
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Kelly&Melinda family trip
Auckland, New Zealand5 contributions
Great activity in Rotorua
Jun 2021 • Friends
The guided tour was brillant Kahu the guide was fun and so informative loved it and lunch was amazing would highly recommend
Written June 9, 2021
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Wendy
Auckland Central, New Zealand6 contributions
Great tour
May 2021
The tour through the carving and weaving school was fascinating and being able to talk to students learning these crafts made it a special experience. Kahu, our guide for the morning had a great sense of humour and the steam pudding cooked by geothermal heat was delicious.
Written May 17, 2021
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia7,512 contributions
See a geyser and a kiwi
May 2021
Te Puia is a good day out, it's a good opportunity to see Maori culture and history. In Australia, we don't have geysers or mud pools, so we liked seeing them, especially the mud pools, which are quite intriguing. Although it's New Zealand's national bird, kiwis are very hard to find elsewhere.
Written May 12, 2021
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Tia
Rotorua, New Zealand2 contributions
Pataka Restaurant at Te Puia NOT GOOD!
Apr 2021 • Family
Dined at Pakata Restaurant tonight 1/5/2021 it was not worth the money at all! The entry was cold dark and unwelcoming that we thought the place was closed, no distinguishable welcoming signage.

Dishes on offer were mediocre, food was regularly replenished but dirty sticky serving utensils never replaced. Carvery meat was hacked with a blunt knife and was offered a drinks menu by receptionist and they never came back. Waitress was unskilled with taking drink orders but friendly and doing the best she could.

Someone to greet us in and maybe the fire place going would have been nice. No music and no ambiance. No customer service really, didn’t feel welcome. Won’t be back and will tell friends and family how bad it is.
Written May 1, 2021
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Kia ora We apologise for the delay in responding to your review. Thank you for your feedback. Feedback like yours is pivotal to our continuous improvement and to reaching the highest possible standards in service. We were saddened to hear that your visit was not up to your expectations. We have passed your feedback on to the relevant team, and hope that in future, if you wish to visit us again, that we would have improved and are offering the standard of service that you and we, expect. Nga mihi Te Puia Team
Written June 21, 2021
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Camper818196
5 contributions
Night Tour
Apr 2021 • Couples
We did the Geyser Night Tour and although it was a bit pricey it certainly delivered! It was only the two of us on the tour with Patrick and Nelson and we had the best time.
The lights, stories and information were amazing and we learned a lot. The geysers were something else, really beautiful.
Written April 15, 2021
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Alex E
Auckland Central, New Zealand5 contributions
Te Puia Night Trail
Apr 2021 • Couples
What a wonderful evening! I am in my third trimester and this was such a well thoughout, memorable experience! The guides were very genuine, humorous and knowledgable, they also had great manaakitangi and the quality of this tour was greatly enhanced by the extra touches of a special treat that was cooked in a thermal pool, and as you saw their three beautiful geysers going off, the guides brought us a delicious drink to enjoy! This added to the feeling of 'awe and wonder'. I really appreciated all the art sculptures and history of the place, and to see the art school on site as well, you really get a sense of the values of community, respect for Maori culture and the ancesters and people of the land, as well as the welcoming to new guests and support for the arts! You managed to pull this altogether into this tour, thank you for such a eye opening experience!
Written April 3, 2021
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Thank you for your wonderful feedback. We value your patronage and your feedback. All the best for your future with your new edition and hopefully in future, we will see you and baby here before long. Nga mihi Matakuikui.
Written April 6, 2021
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Karina R
Auckland, New Zealand54 contributions
Pataka Kai
Apr 2021 • Family
Amazing Kai, will not find a better buffet with such flavorsome food, we went here for a family dinner and even our young kids enjoyed our meal and ate more than usual, we can't wait to return here...
Written April 2, 2021
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