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Review of Te Puia

Te Puia
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$74.68*
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Te Puia Maori Cultural Tour and Steambox Lunch
Ranked #14 of 118 things to do in Rotorua
Certificate of Excellence
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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 2 weeks ago

Carol was a wonderful tour guide, and the extra paid to have her point out the highlights in a tour was money well spent.
The sites were well presented, the cultural experience was fun, and the hangi was DELICIOUS, and so affordable.
Leave a day for the best cultural experience I have had in NZ.

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TePuia, Quality Assurance Coordinator at Te Puia, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Kia ora!

Yes, Aunty Carol is one of our exceptional guides who never ceases to amaze and entertain our visitors with her knowledge on the Geothermal valley, TeWhakarewarewatangaoteOpeTauaaWahiao. As many of our guides are the same we pride ourselves on being able to answer pretty much any question you can think of when it comes to Te Puia or the Valley.

I will be sure to Pass this on to Aunty Carol when I see her!

We Hope you enjoy the rest of your stay here in New Zealand and we wish you all the best on your travels.

Ngā Mihi
Te Puia Whanau

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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.

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TePuia, Quality Assurance Coordinator at Te Puia, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago 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

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TePuia, Quality Assurance Coordinator at Te Puia, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago 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.

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TePuia, Quality Assurance Coordinator at Te Puia, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago 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.

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TePuia, Quality Assurance Coordinator at Te Puia, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

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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