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Te Puia
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Te Puia Maori Arts and Crafts Institute with...
Ranked #15 of 118 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.
Reviewed May 19, 2013

Visited as a tour guide with a large Indian group. The group had very little time really to get much of an insight into NZs geological and indigenous culture background. Te Puia was a the perfect stop over to give maximum insight into these aspect of NZ in such a brief amount of time. Didn't get to see the live kiwi unfortunately, just was not up and about when we were in the kiwi house.
We got to see geysers, bubbling mud, smell the smell, walk through bush, see a marae, stand beside a great waka, and hit the well stocked souvenir shop all within an hour. It was rushed, that was because of our timetable. Another half to one hour would have been great to do Te Puia justice

Thank BruceHopkins
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"gift shop"
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Reviewed May 17, 2013

The diverse range of activities are the real strength of Te Puia. The geyser was completely natural and the best we have seen in New Zealand. The tour around the weaving and carving schools was quite good. The show was great and our boys enjoyed being invited to the stage to perform parts of the haka during the show. The kiwi house was a hit and there were many other sights to see around the park. The service was also excellent from the moment we entered to when we left, particularly the people at the front ticket office. We were grateful that the family price covered all our 4 children, making it reasonable for us to attend.

Thank Chris A
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Reviewed May 13, 2013

We stopped here on our way in to town and arrived just in time to take a guided tour -I recommend this as you will learn lots from them about the Moari culture and customs. The geysers are awesome.
My 11 year old son loved the two Kiwi birds that are in the nocturnal house.
Some discounts are available from your motel to get a discount on the entrance fee.

Thank Lynne R
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Reviewed May 10, 2013

We took the Combo experience, the daytime tour was excellent very informative, but the real bonus was being picked up at our hotel and returning for the evening cultural welcome, entertainment, unbelievable food, topped off by a night time mini train trip to see the floodlit geysers and a real hot chocolate under the stars. The staff are not just professional, they are friendly and kind. This tour is real value for money and an experience which will stay with you for a long time.

Thank Ian B
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Reviewed May 8, 2013

We had wanted to participate in the Tamaki maori cultural 'show' but could not find any info on times etc so since we had had a very busy morning swimming with dolphins we went to Te Puia instead in the afternoon - catching the 3pm show. It was great - not too long for the children (aged 10 & 7 yrs) something the 3hr evening Tamaki show may of been - and very interactive, fun and educational too. That and the walk around the park with lots of bubbling mud and steam was well worth the entrance fee. We are glad we did this one first as wai o tapu is much more spectacular as a park, so we probably would of been dissappointed with the park itself if we had done this after that one - but we didn't and this was our first experience of the geo thermal activity and we and the kids were thrilled. Our only regret is we missed the kiwis as there was a long queue at the beginning and we forgot to go at the end !

The show is lovely. Put on by descendants of the couple who fell in love against all odds and the wishes of their families giving rise to New Zealands most famous love song Pokarekare Ana. They choose a 'chief' from the crowd to 'speak' for the crowd and show we have no hostile intentions and then we are welcomed into their home for a show of singing and dancing with explanations of their meaning and origin. Very enjoyable.

Thank CharenteMaritime
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