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“Great site, super modern and a bit soul-less” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Te Puia
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Te Puia Maori Arts and Crafts Institute with Optional Cultural Performance
Ranked #6 of 108 things to do in Rotorua
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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.
Wellington, New Zealand
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“Great site, super modern and a bit soul-less”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 1, 2013

Dont get me wrong, I loved it here. My overseas partner was fascinated by things Maori and things volcanic and the relationship between the two. It was a very hot day which probably took the shine off just a wee bit but I just found everything just a bit clinical in a way. The Pohutu Geyser did its thing and drenched us so we got lucky as people often come here and miss its eruptions, the mud pools were superb, the bush great and the Maori Village authentic enough with the little loud speakers giving you some insights into Maori family and village history. The shop was filled with good quality handicrafts and souvenirs, and although we couldnt stay for the music and dance part of the tour, we stayed probably about 3 hours and enjoyed it. The weaving and carving areas were interesting although we were pretty much ignored as they went about their craft. I would have liked to have heard a bit of the history of this side of Te Puia and been educated. Even the cafe was filled with good quality food and drink. I just feel that they have aimed top end with this attraction (the prices are certainly top end) and have just lost a bit of the homeliness and down to earth nature that Maori are renowned and loved the world over for. My partner from overseas, loved it but probably didnt learn much about the specialness that is Maori so I left feeling just a little bit disappointed but still enjoyed our stay

Visited January 2013
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“Had A Bit Of Everything”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 1, 2013

Did the complete tour. Started out visiting the hot springs and geyser. Been to Yellowstone and though this doesn't compare in size, the thermal valley was beautiful and Pohutu Geyser was actually as impressive and much more active than the best in Yellowstone. The carving school was interesting and the Marori Culural Performance was enjoyable. The Maori feast that we had after the show was excellent. We have attended numerous luaus in Hawaii and none could compare to the quality and selection of foods from this feast. A great afternoon and evening experience.

Visited January 2013
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Den Haag, The Netherlands
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“Culture meets nature”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 31, 2013

This site is formidable, both in (Maori) culture and in (volcanic) nature. We did the full package, with the tour, the dancing, the food - amazingly well prepared - and - best of all - the late afternoon visit to the geyser.

Visited December 2012
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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“Geysers and grub”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 31, 2013

We took the evening package with a tour of the geyser and an excellent show and hangi dinner to finish. Would have scored five stars if they had timed the tour better - more crafts and less chat at the start.

Visited December 2012
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“Great thermal park!”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 31, 2013

Worthwhile a visit as you get to see mud pools, geysers, hot springsplus the wood carving & weaving schools. There is also a kiwi house where you can see Kiwis if you are lucky!
We spent 3H in the park, had a great walk, saw plenty of stuff and took great shots. The food at the Cafe is curiously not bad at all.

Two "big" things though: it is not cheap. And it is a bit cold, too well organised, too aseptised. A bit hard to explain but kind of lacks soul for a Maori place....

Visited January 2013
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