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Te Puia Tours and Activities

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Te Puia
Te Puia, located in the Te Whakarewarewa Geothermal Valley at the edge of Rotorua features Pohutu Geyser and is home to the impressive New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute. Visitors can tour the bubbling mud pools with a local Maori guide and choose from among myriad activities.
 
The Basics
Admission tickets and guided tours through Te Puia usually include a visit to the Kiwi House for a look at this nocturnal national bird housed in a dark enclosure. In the national weaving and carving schools, you can watch Maori students re-create the traditional arts of their ancestors.
 
For what is arguably the best evening in Rotorua, come in the evening to experience Te Po—a traditional ceremony and hangi feast (food cooked in a traditional in-ground oven), along with a music and dance performance. Travelers can also visit Te Puia as part of a Rotorua sightseeing tour, an eco tour, or an excursion focused on arts and crafts.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Admission fees vary, depending upon the length of stay and various activities involved.
  • Child pricing, day passes, and family passes are available.
  • It’s best to bring sturdy footwear for a walk around the hot springs.
  • The site offers wheelchair-accessible parking, restrooms, and asphalt pathways; however, some of the pathways are steep and visitors with limited mobility may require assistance.
 
How to Get There
Only five minutes, or 2.2 miles (3.5 kilometers) south of central Rotorua by car, Te Puia is reached directly from the i-Site Visitor Information Centre via Fenton Street and State Highway 30. The attraction can also be accessed from the Tauranga port via State Highway 36, which takes about an hour. Most tour operators offer round-trip hotel transport.
 
When to Get There
Te Puia is open from 8am to 5pm daily, with evening operating hours from 6pm to 9pm. It’s best to arrive early to make the most of your time, but tours run until one hour before closing. Book an evening visit and you’ll be treated to a tour of the geothermal area under colorful lights.
 
Pohutu: the Showstopper
When visitors first catch a glimpse of Pohutu Geyser—which thunders up from the earth and shoots skyward with a column of water that’s nearly 100 feet (30 meters) high—they begin to understand why this geothermal attraction has drawn people for centuries. You can witness the eruption of the Southern Hemisphere's largest active geyser day or night.
Address: Te Puia, Rotorua, New Zealand
Admission: Varies
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9 Tours and Activities to Experience Te Puia

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Te Puia Day Pass - Geysers, Mud Pools, Kiwi, Culture, History & more

Te Puia Day Pass - Geysers, Mud Pools, Kiwi, Culture, History & more

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Gain entry to the New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute at Te Puia on a guided tour of this geothermal hot spot. Take a walking path up to steaming vents, boiling mud pools and erupting Pohutu Geyser at Te Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley; observe the emblematic kiwi bird; and discover Maori traditions at the cultural center. Upgrade to include a cultural performance of Maori song and dance, including the warlike ‘haka.’ Showtimes are available several times a day during admittance.
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  • 1 hour to 1 hour 30 minutes
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Te Puia Geysers, Kiwi bird, Redwood Forest & Highlights Drive: Rotorua Tour

Te Puia Geysers, Kiwi bird, Redwood Forest & Highlights Drive: Rotorua Tour

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See more of New Zealand's top attractions with a small group on this full-day tour from Rotorua. Take a scenic drive to Te Puia where geysers shoot into the air, see a live Haka performance and learn about Maori culture, drive through the enchanting Redwood Forest and more. This tour is ideal for those who are short on time and want to discover the best that Rotorua has to offer.
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  • 6 hours
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Rotorua Day Tour Te Puia - Geysers - Maori Performance - Redwoods & Kiwi Bird

Rotorua Day Tour Te Puia - Geysers - Maori Performance - Redwoods & Kiwi Bird

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Deluxe small group tour from Rotorua with your personal driver guide for the day! Discover and experience, Rotorua's most popular & unique visitor attraction Te Puia with highlights stops along the way. Walk through a landscape, where steam rises all around you, the water boils and geysers erupt high into the air. The mud pools bubble and jump and the earth is heated from geothermal activity under foot. Be in awe as you catch a rare sighting of the Kiwi bird in its nocturnal enclosure. This is the homeland of the Maori people! Listen and learn the history and stories on a fully guided tour, then take your seat to experience and expressive, meaningful cultural show with songs and dance including the world famous Haka. Explore Rotorua's top highlights including The Redwood Forest, Lake Rotorua, the Government Garden, Blue Baths, Rachels spring, Klamath rose gardens, the Museum and Kairua park. A perfect tour for everyone, which offers so much to see and do in just one day.
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  • 6 hours
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Rotorua Highlights Small Group Tour Including Te Puia from Auckland

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Rotorua Highlights Small Group Tour Including Te Puia from Auckland

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Combine the top sights of Rotorua and Te Puia in a single comprehensive day tour from Auckland. Traveling with a guide and following a carefully curated itinerary means you won't miss any of the important sights. Visit the Maori cultural landmarks and geothermal spots of Te Puia, as well as the city sights in Rotorua, accompanied by insightful guided commentary. Round-trip transportation from Auckland means you can focus on the scenery and the experience instead of driving and directions.
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  • 12 hours
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Te Puia Thermal Reserve in Rotorua: Shore Excursion from Tauranga

Te Puia Thermal Reserve in Rotorua: Shore Excursion from Tauranga

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Discover and experience a truly special day of the geothermal wonderland of Rotorua witness erupting geysers, hot steam vents and bubbling mud pools from your cruise ship shore excursion from Tauranga. This valley has many stories just waiting to be shared with you. Learn about the Maori culture at the fascinating Te Puia Thermal Reserve, the magnificent Pohutu geyser, boiling mud pools, and the National carving and weaving school. Visit the kiwi bird encounter where you can see the elusive kiwi bird. Upon leaving Te Puia, we take in the highlights of what Rotorua has to offer. The magnificent Rotorua museum building with its Tudor style design, the government gardens bursting with colour and fragrance, Rotorua lake front, Rachel's Pool and the Blue Baths,
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  • 6 hours
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Mt Tarawera Volcanic Guided Hike Experience

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Mt Tarawera Volcanic Guided Hike Experience

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Experience the majesty of Mt Tarawera and gain insight into New Zealand’s rich geology on this 4-hour hike from Rotorua. Travel by off-road 4x4 vehicle into the North Island wilderness with a guide. Follow winding hiking trails from the base of Mt Tarawera up to the crater’s edge, and learn all about the mighty volcano’s 1886 eruption. From your vantage point near the crater, admire panoramic views over the geothermal valley of Waimangu. This exciting hiking tour is suited to adventurers of all ages.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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Rotorua small group full-day tour, Wai O Tapu, Waimangu and Te Puia

Rotorua small group full-day tour, Wai O Tapu, Waimangu and Te Puia

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Combine Maori traditions and natural wonders on a full-day tour of steaming geysers, colorful hot springs, and local culture. In addition to the spectacular volcanic landscape, you’ll learn about traditional wood carving, arts, crafts, and customs, then see a Maori war canoe. The itinerary includes Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, Waimangu Volcanic Valley, Te Puia, and Rainbow Springs Nature Park, combining top sites to make the most of your time.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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Hobbiton Movie Set Tour and Te Puia Geysers in Rotorua

Hobbiton Movie Set Tour and Te Puia Geysers in Rotorua

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Take in two of the North Island's top attractions in one day on a combination tour that visits Wai-o-tapu and the Hobbiton Movie Set. Booking this package ensures your admission to these popular attractions, and the full-day tour includes all entrance fees, hotel pickup and drop-off, and insightful commentary from your driver-guide.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Private Tour to Rotorua or Hobbiton(Max 11 Passengers)

Private Tour to Rotorua or Hobbiton(Max 11 Passengers)

our tour guide has 10 years experience and you will travel in a luxury vehicle. your tour will also be much more enjoyable as it is a private tour this will result in you getting more time for sightseeing. we can guide and recommend you various Tourist Destinations and help you to choose the places of your interest and take you over there,
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  • 5 to 6 hours
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