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
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