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“Wedding with a difference”
Review of Te Puia

Te Puia
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Te Puia Maori Arts and Crafts Institute with Optional Cultural Performance
Ranked #6 of 109 things to do in Rotorua
Certificate of Excellence
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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.
Brisbane, Australia
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42 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Wedding with a difference”
Reviewed November 5, 2012

We had a group of friends and family in Taupo for a wedding and decided to make the trip to Te Puia. I contacted them and arranged a private tour for our group.

Well they were fantastic - a little bit of a challenge to get in but all in all once inside Carla did a fantastic job. She was our guide and so lovely. We saw everything and even got front row seats at the concert which made me cry. Well worth the small entry price - so much to see and do and make sure you do the tour with a guide - they are so informative.

Visited October 2012
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Coatesville, Pennsylvania
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“A beautiful, natural area”
Reviewed November 5, 2012

This is an amazing area. Even if you have been to Yellowstone, Te Puia will take your breath away. The geysers are almost continuous and they have many mud pools. Even their little kiwi display is informative. A quick stop in to the Maori Arts and Crafts Institute is worth it. The students were very eager to share their experience with us.

Visited August 2012
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Adelaide, Australia
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“Very Interesting if on a short visit”
Reviewed November 2, 2012

We enjoyed our few hours in Te Puia. For someone passing through and wanting to see the thermal activity and be given an entertaining description of the area and culture it was good worth doing. It is an expensive entry price but if our money is used for the purposes explained, then it is worth it.
Certainly the thermal activity is regular and for people who have never seen it, it is spectacular to see.

Visited October 2012
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Wellington
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“Great cultural experience”
Reviewed November 2, 2012

A great family oriented tour and Maori lifestyle experience.
We did the tour of the geothermal valley and the hangi with Maori show.
A brilliant way to spend an evening.
Wonderful hosts looked after us.

Visited October 2012
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shropshire
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“An enjoyable experience”
Reviewed November 1, 2012

Learned a lot about Maori way of life. Watching the wood carving very good. The weaving most interesting. The walk around the site to see the volcanic activity a bit hot on such a warm day. Enjoyed the experience

Visited November 2012
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