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Te Puia
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$38.75*
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Te Puia Maori Arts and Crafts Institute with Optional Cultural Performance
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$73.76*
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Te Puia Maori Cultural Tour and Steambox Lunch
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$85.69*
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Rotorua Cultural Eco Small Group Afternoon Tour
Ranked #6 of 112 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 August 28, 2013

Walking into the venue I was rather put off by the price, walking out I was awe struck by the cultural show. Yes the geyzer was impressive, but it was the cultural performance that stole the show for my friends and I.

From the moment the show began we were immersed into the Maori culture and tradition.

Amazing and certainly worth the money spent.

2  Thank Ashley E
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TePuiaN, Marketing Coordinator at Te Puia, responded to this reviewResponded August 29, 2013

Kia Ora from Te Puia

We're super proud of our concert team and glad that you enjoyed this experience so much!

Hope you got to see our Kiwi bird enclosure and Maori arts and crafts school on top of what you mentioned, but the added show is definitely a highlight for us as well!

Happy Travels

Nga mihi nui,
Te Puia Family

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Reviewed August 27, 2013

This is one of the more expensive attractions in Rotorua but you get to see so many things there and can spend so much time there - it is great and well worth it. The guided tour is a must, you learn so much more than if you just walked around and these are on the hour so perfect for any schedule. The geyser is amazing - yes it is natural and goes off about every hour!! We also did the evening experience for the second time and it was just wonderful. The cultural show was actually a huge improvement on last time. It was a longer show and there were lots of skill shown by the women and the singing was just awesome. Seeing the Kiwi was also a great bonus. Lots to do here. The shop has items that are a bit different from all the other souvenir shops and you can also buy Maori items - wood carvings etc made on site.

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TePuiaN, Marketing Coordinator at Te Puia, responded to this reviewResponded August 29, 2013

We're so chuffed at how well you described us here at Te Puia and the different aspects of the product which we offer!

Thank you so much and we hope to host you again in the future to show you all the further improvements we're working on at the moment..

until then all the very best, safe travels

Nga mihi nui
Te Puia Family

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Reviewed August 24, 2013 via mobile

My mom and family friends visited this place last December and its one of the most memorable. Tourist waited for a 6 hour interval of the gyzer that's why too may tourist flocked in this place.

Don't ever missed the Maori cultural performance for free in the small theatre at the back side of the place.

1  Thank franciscyril
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TePuiaN, Marketing Coordinator at Te Puia, responded to this reviewResponded August 29, 2013

Great glad you enjoyed the place!

you may be talking about the "Village" though.. either way glad your family and friends enjoyed their Time in Rotorua, NZ!

Nga mihi nui,
Te Puia Family

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Reviewed August 17, 2013

Go for the full tour + cultural experience if you have the time. The lovely Maori guide will introduce you to some Maori cultures, walk through a mock-up Maori village, work shop of the weave & wooden craving products, go through a tiny viewing house of a few kiwis (you'll see one if you're extremely lucky!) and finally a stopover at the geysers, which is just magnificent! The cultural show is interesting, songs & dance..as well as weaponary display. Audience get to learn the hakka as well.. The dinner spread which follows is superb! Wide array of food and drinks..accompanied by entertainment of songs. Too bad we had to leave right after dinner..those who stayed get to drink hot cocoa at the geysers.

1  Thank arweyna
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TePuiaN, Marketing coordinator at Te Puia, responded to this reviewResponded August 21, 2013

Heya from Te Puia!

So stoked to hear you had a stellar time on both our daytime and nighttime experiences! Makes it so worth it from our point of view when our visitors have a great time and head off happy,

Please travel safe and all the best for the rest of your New Zealand journey

Nga mihi nui
Te Puia Family

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Reviewed August 15, 2013

During the first half of our experience there were about 40 of us - we got a tour of the thermal areas, kiwi house, etc.. and had a really excellent, pleasant Maori guide. Then we were joined by a HUGE tour group for the remainder of the evening. They did not speak English and were incredibly pushy and rude. The were talking amongst themselves while they were removing the food from the pit (despite being told repeatedly to be quiet), they were rude & disprespectful during the first part of the Maori ceremony, and when we entered the theatre they were standing in the aisles taking pictures despite being told they shouldn't do this. Then we went to dinner. Our Maori guide instructed the non-tour-group tables to come up first and get food, but a decent portion of the tour group also got up, pushed & elbowed their way ahead of my family.
I know this is not directly the fault of Te Puia, but it seems like they could do a little more crowd control and if this group does not speak English, perhaps they could talk to their guide to talk/explain things to them in their language. It spoiled what would've been an incredible experience for us.

Thank lanamom
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TePuiaN, Marketing Coordinator at Te Puia, responded to this reviewResponded August 20, 2013

Tena Koe

Thanks for your feedback it certainly touches on some great points.

This commiunication issue is definitely something we try very hard to address and unfortunately on this night we didn't achieve this as well as we'd like, please accept our apologies for this.

We're working on solutions that will substantially improve our ability to communicate with our visitors that don't understand English so if you are to come through sometime through summer you should fingers crossed see improvements in this space.

Other than that glad you enjoyed our Daytime experience and will pass on your kind comments of the daytime guide.

Happy travels hope to host you again in the not too distant future

Nga mihi nui
Te Puia Family

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