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“Informative and educational” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Te Puia

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.
Rhode Island
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“Informative and educational”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2014

What an amazing cultural experience combined with the viewing of geothermal activity famous in this area, all in the same location and only 1.5 hours from Tauranga.... We had a wonderful visit to this unique place, self defined as a living legacy of the people, culture and history of the area. This is a clean, well laid out, mostly handicap accessible venue. The entire area is well maintained and presents a unique experience which was one of the highlights of our visit to New Zealand. We began by visiting the geysers and the area with thermal activity. Very interesting and we were actually there when the geysers erupted - NICE!! you can easily walk from area to area by following the walkways as there is clear signage guiding the way - we actually had a wonderful tour guide with us. Now, if you are from the States, don't expect to see Old Faithful or the large mud pools - it is not as impressive as that but certainly worth the time. The geyser can reach heights of up to 90 feet. It was interesting to learn how the local Maori people used the thermal pools in daily life and depended on them years ago. We then began our cultural tour, viewing carvings, the Pilirangi Village which is a reconstructed Maori village and a Kiwi House where we viewed NZ 's national bird. We visited the Carving and Weaving schools where demonstrations were being presented and the meeting house where we were greeted in a traditional manner and invited in to witness a cultural performance which was quite good. The entire day was wonderful. We enjoyed the gallery and gift shop on the grounds and purchased some wonderful gifts of the area. A wide range of products and prices assures something for every budget... I wish we could have stayed longer so this is a spot to spend a few hours or an entire day. Check out their website for more information on this amazing place....

Visited April 2014
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TePuia, Manager at Te Puia, responded to this review, August 28, 2014
Kia Ora !

Thanks so much for your incredibly detailed and glowing feedback.

We're extremely proud to have made your trip to New Zealand just that much more enjoyable and definitely look forward to seeing you, your family and friends again one day in the future.

Nga mihi nui Te Puia Whanau
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“Kiwi bird, geysers, Maori history, culture and food!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2014

The tour was great - a way to combine the hot springs, mud, seeing a kiwi bird, and enjoying the amazing Maori village, culture, history, crafts and food. The banquet was really terrific. I am a vegetarian, and was very well catered to: a lentil/mung bean curry, a cream and veg pasta, lots of fresh veg, salad, fruit. Great tour guide. Highly recommended and good value for money.

Visited August 2014
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TePuia, Manager at Te Puia, responded to this review, August 27, 2014
Kia Ora Kaz!

What a great time you had! thanks so much for letting us know about it.

We also agree wholeheartedly about the banquet and hope to host you again sometime in the future.

Nga mihi nui Te Puia Whanau
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“A great cultural experience for the family”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2014

This is well worth a visit! Take in the guided tour and learn about Moari culture and history. The Maori concert is also worth the extra expense and is not too long for young children. The entrance fee also gets you into the local geothermal land behind the Moari 'pa' which is also excellent and takes about 45 minutes to walk around.

Visited July 2014
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TePuia, Manager at Te Puia, responded to this review, August 26, 2014
Kia Ora Shawn,

Thanks for taking the time to let us know about this, all the very best for future travels we hope to see you and the family back again one day soon!

Nga mihi nui Te Puia Whanau
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“A wonderful experience close to the city”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2014

The day we visited was very windy and biting cold.

The place is really great. The maori culture, buildings and the geo thermal areas, mud pools and geysers.

I think one should visit this if you are in the area.

Visited July 2014
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TePuia, Manager at Te Puia, responded to this review, August 26, 2014
Kia Ora Sarat,

Thanks for the impeccable complements we sure hope to see you again one day soon

Nga mihi nui Te Puia Whanau
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“HIghlight of our holiday”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2014

We did the Te Po combo which included both the tour of the site and also the fantastic evening experience which was a true highlight of our entire trip. The team are so knowledgeable and friendly and passionate about what they do. You are truly made to feel like part of their 'family' and very welcome. The entertainment was first class and the food incredible. The whole experience was excellent and one we will repeat whenever we have guests over from the UK to visit us - a must do.

Visited August 2014
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TePuia, Manager at Te Puia, responded to this review, August 20, 2014
Kia Ora Catherine,

Thank you so much for letting us know how amazing your Te Po Combo Experience was. with that package you really get the best of our Day and Night time experiences!
We'll pass on your kind words to our team and we're certainly appreciative and looking forward to seeing you and your whanau and friends again soon.

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