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

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Rotorua, New Zealand

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Overview

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.
  • Te Puia Maori Arts and Culture Institute daytime experience
  • Explore the Te Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley and see boiling mud pools and the world-famous Pohutu Geyser
  • Learn more about Maori traditions and legends on a guided tour
  • Upgrade to include a Te Puia Maori cultural performance

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

This flexible tour allows you to add on a cultural performance and pick from multiple start times.
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Professional guide
Highest Geyser and most active Geothermal Valley in the Southern Hemisphere
Explore our Kiwi Conservation Centre - 2 Kiwi Birds onsite
Wood & Greenstone carving, flax weaving, Maori Tattoo Schools
Explore a Marae and Maori village
Food and drinks
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Gratuities

Departure Point

Te Puia, Hemo Road, Tihiotonga, Rotorua 3040, New Zealand

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Make your way to Te Puia and meet your Maori guide at the entrance to the New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute. Hear stories and legends passed down over generations, learn about Maori settlement in Rotorua, and gain insight into this thriving culture as you observe master woodcarvers and artisans trained in the intricate art of weaving flax.

At the nocturnal kiwi house, catch a rare sight of this unusual flightless bird — New Zealand's national emblem. 

Then walk past the bubbling mud pools and steaming springs of the Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley, and don’t miss the 100-foot (30-meter) Pohutu Geyser, which erupts up to 20 times a day.

Optional Upgrade: Maori Cultural Performance

This spectacle of dance and song takes place several times throughout the day. Start with a ceremonial welcome at the marae, or meeting place, including the nose-to-nose Maori greeting known as the hongi. You’ll see weaponry displays, poi dances and stick games, and be mesmerized by the haka war dance.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Te Puia
Te Puia is situated in the geothermal valley of Te Whakarewarewa, Rotorua and is a powerful reminder of the earth’s natural force. With remarkable geothermal features including the famous Pohutu Geyser and rich layers of Maori culture, from the land itself to the artworks, the people, stories, traditions and architecture. There are nature trails teeming with native bird life and you will even find the New Zealand icon, the Kiwi bird on site. The knowledge and passion of our guides is often what makes the Te Puia visitor experience so special. Passing on the knowledge and wisdom handed down from their ancestors carries a special pride. It opens visitors’ eyes to the interconnectedness of life in the Maori world, and touches hearts across cultures.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Te Puia

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What is the maximum group size during Te Puia Day Pass - Geysers, Mud Pools, Kiwi, Culture, History & more ?
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This activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers.

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Excellent Attraction
David_W
, Mar 2020
Excellent facilities at Te Puia. The guide was great, providing an interesting overview of the attraction and fealing well with questions. We got what we paid for...mud pools, the geyser blowing off, sigh of a kiwi, and cultural background.
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Wonderful Experience
scranger2me
, Sep 2019
Tour guide Louise was awesome. The van ride was bit of a challenge due to it being 4 hours going and returning. The in-between was an experience everyone should do. I enjoyed hearing about the Maori culture and seeing the haka dance. The hot springs were wonderful and seeing an actual geyser erupt. The hot mud pools were a sight to see. I will never forget the smell of sulfur everywhere. I enjoyed visiting the Maori craft institute and shopping at the Te Puia store.
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Learned so much about the culture and...
Stacy
, Mar 2017
Learned so much about the culture and the country. Beautiful experience
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My worst day in New Zealand. I felt...
Sabrina M
, Feb 2017
My worst day in New Zealand. I felt as the place was a rip-off. I went to a cultural performance before and here in Te Puia I didn't feel the energy. The whole place was overcrowded. Te Puia isn't authentic and the history was missing. Interesting were the woodcarving and weaving demonstration, the guided walk and the geothermal valley. I am sure there are better Maori cultural experiences around Rotorua.
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Excellent tour with Maori culture...
Kurt S
, Jan 2017
Excellent tour with Maori culture and history. Enjoyed the cultural show. Geysers and mudpools were also very interesting.
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We loved the Cultural performance in...
bb
, Jan 2017
We loved the Cultural performance in particular. make sure you do the Combo, not just a visit to the mud pools and geysers which are also interesting. We also got a good look at the kiwi.
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Thoroughly enjoyed this very...
Kevin B
, Jan 2017
Thoroughly enjoyed this very professional show and the Geyser performed for us so a great day was hadby us and our overseas visitors.
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The park was a bit Disney like with...
Robert
, Dec 2016
The park was a bit Disney like with the geysers and mud pools fenced in and paved walkways. We did the free 1 tour that includes the carving and weaving schools which was worth doing. The show was enjoyable but maybe 300 people in the room. Get seats on the end of the row or at the front to take good pictures.
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An absolute must, very beautiful walk...
YvonneSylvia
, Oct 2016
An absolute must, very beautiful walk around the mud pools and geysers, very good performers
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The Maori presentation was so...
Michelle W
, Mar 2016
The Maori presentation was so interesting. We loved the songs performed and we were excited to see the Haka and the poi ball dance. Our guide was very knowledgeable and friendly - we were able to see the geyser, the hot mud pools, the weaving school, the carving school and the kiwi birds. Such a fascinating area!
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