Te Puia, Rotorua

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Take a guided tour of the thermal geysers at Te Puia, Rotorua's undisputed star attraction. A short ride south of the city center, this thermal reserve features over 500 hot springs. The most famous of the many geysers is the aptly named Big Splash, erupting at least two dozen times a day and spouting water as high as 30 m (98 ft) into the air. Other highlights include regular cultural performances and popular hangi feasts, allowing visitors to experience the local cuisine. Don't miss the carving and weaving schools, where you can learn about the traditional methods of Maori artisans. Plan my day in Rotorua using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.
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  • Very impressive gisers, mud pool, heated rocks, and native buildings. Also enjoyed watching the students learn to create native carving.  more »
  • Great Guides and super displays - gotta see it we loved it - great insight into other cultures We recommend  more »
  • The location is well situated. You can enjoy walking arround the area and you will be awarded with nice views. The main attraction is the big geyser where you luckely can take a picture without severa...  more »
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  • I really enjoyed this Maori village and think it's the best one available. Our guide was fantastic and very knowledgeable. The music and arts performance was good. We walked around the park and observed a natural geyser up close - it was very impressive. Beware, some of the other parks actually use man-made geysers. I also enjoyed learning more about the Maori culture. We met some very friendly ladies that showed us how to weave flax, and we also saw some amazing carpentry skills. Ps. Te Puia has a kiwi and she's huge.
  • I'm so glad to see a place like this run by the wonderful Maori people, and offering everyone such an amazing experience. The main geyser here is certainly the most wonderful and impressive thing I have ever seen in nature. You could easily spend a good few hours here and still have interesting things to see and do. The gift shop is also really impressive and offers some really interesting items of Maori significance. Make sure to get to this place if you're in the wondrous town of Rotorua.
  • From Japan:) Great place to visit. We enjoyed Maori dance and Pohuru Geyser. They were quite unique.
  • Wonderful place to view geyser, mud pools, kiwi, native plants, wood carvings, weaving, cooking pool. Every hour has local guided tour which is very informative to learn more about Maori culture. Enjoy it very much with lots of pics taken.
  • Carla was a wonderful guide. Loved hearing her. The show was a dazzling surprise. Enthusiastic, professional performers. As bubbly as pohuto.

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Rotorua has a range of different accommodations, mainly centered around the lake itself. In this downtown area you will find luxury hotels and hostels, many benefitting from good views of the surrounding scenery. Farther out of the town, comfortable motels offer those with a car a good option for setting up a base from which to explore the area. Campers and others wanting to enjoy the outdoors as soon as possible can opt for campsites and RV parks, all best accessed by car or taxi.
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