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Reviewed May 29, 2018

We spent most of the day at Te Puia, beginning with the Maori cultural exhibits which was very nice. It helped that we had already been to the Canterbury Museum and Te Papa and so had some background, but the replica village gave a really good feel for the way they actually lived, houses, cooking, etc. than either museum did. I wish we could have seen more of the actual craftsmen carving, weaving, etc. They have a school where experienced Maori craftsmen teach their skills to younger Maori. I'm sorry we didn't have time to see more of that.

The geothermal activity was great. We saw Pohutu erupt twice in fairly rapid succession (along with the Prince of Wales Feathers geyser). Pohutu is spectacular. You can stand near enough to feel the water droplets and the warmth. The mud pools will almost hypnotize you with their popping bubbles of mud. I would have liked to try cooking in the hot springs.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank KateSC353
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TePuia, Quality Assurance Coordinator at Te Puia, responded to this reviewResponded June 4, 2018

Kia ora!

Glad to hear you enjoyed our valley and all we have to offer here! This type of feedback is good as it lets us know, we are still on track and heading to where we want to be when it comes to customer satisfaction.

We hope to see you again

Ngā Mihi and Safe Travels
Te Puia Whanau

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Reviewed May 28, 2018 via mobile

We went for the Maori evening cultural experience which was awesome
The gift shop at the entrance is one of the best with really unique and diverse gifts
The show was very impressive after we were shown the way a typical Hanif meal is cooked on deep earthen pots
The performance was very energetic and we also participated with much enthusiasm and gusto when asked
The Hangi meal was sumptuous and then the trip to the geothermal geysers by their Train to see the active Pohotu geyser sitting amongst the warm rocks with hot chocolate was another unforgettable experience

Date of experience: May 2018
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TePuia, Quality Assurance Coordinator at Te Puia, responded to this reviewResponded June 4, 2018

Tena koe,

We appreciate the review you have given us it seems like you ticked off all the highlights of what Rotorua has to offer which is what we are here for. So very happy that we could accommodate for those needs!

We here at Te Puia would like to wish you safe travels while on holiday and we hope to see you again sometime soon.

Ngā Mihi
Te Puia Whanau

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Reviewed May 27, 2018 via mobile

We got to see the kiwis which was great and everyone was very friendly. If you’re expecting Yellowstone, however, you’ll be disappointed. While the main geyser and mud pool were very interesting, there isn’t much else to see. We did appreciate the cultural exhibits they added which made up for the small number of geothermal features.

Date of experience: May 2018
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TePuia, Quality Assurance Coordinator at Te Puia, responded to this reviewResponded June 4, 2018

Kia ora and thank you for your awesome review!

I am a New Zealander (Born & Bred), I for one have never ever seen a wild kiwi, ever! I've been to many Kiwi protected areas and nope never seen one, I have mistaken a Weka for a kiwi one time. just goes to Show how hard to find and endangered they are.
we would like to wish you and your family all the best on your travels and hope you decide to stop in and see us again if you are in the area.

Nga mihi
Te Puia Whanau

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Reviewed May 27, 2018 via mobile

We had an enjoyable day out.
Cultural experience & show was entertaining for us. The day was wer. View was good. Interesting history.
Mud pools were mesmerizing.

Date of experience: February 2017
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TePuia, Quality Assurance Coordinator at Te Puia, responded to this reviewResponded May 27, 2018

Kia ora!

Glad to hear you enjoyed our valley and all we have to offer here! This type of feedback is good as it lets us know, we are still on track and heading to where we want to be when it comes to customer satisfaction.

We hope to see you again

Ngā Mihi and Safe Travels
Te Puia Whanau

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Reviewed May 27, 2018 via mobile

Excellent guided tour to see the hot springs and mud pools . We also had chance to see a real kiwi in a conservation area. Good cafe and gift shop - well worth a visit to learn a little bit about the Maori culture. .

Date of experience: May 2018
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TePuia, Quality Assurance Coordinator at Te Puia, responded to this reviewResponded May 27, 2018

Kia ora Sally!

Thank you for the review, its words like yours that help us keep focus and know that we are on the right track, we wish you safe travels on your journey.

Ngā Mihi
Te Puia Whanau

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