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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  • We spent a great day here, did the tour first to find out all about the history then went back at our leisure and really enjoyed the whole experience. Went back for the evening show and hangi. The sho...  more »
  • Geothermal pools and geysers. You will encounter bubbling mud, pools of boiling water and Pōhutu (‘poor-hoo-too’) is the largest active geyser in the southern hemisphere. She erupts once or twice ever...  more »
  • Really super day, geysers, mud pools, Maori experience, ( a must, not too touristy but interesting with a bit of fun thrown in), nocturnal kiwi house, visit to Maori traditional carving school. We spe...  more »
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  • Probably the biggest attraction in Rotorua. The geyser is simply awe inspiring. Our guide Shane was able to bridge between the mind set of the visitors and the Maori to give a thoughtful interpretation of Maori experience. We spent a long time in the Kiwi House in semi darkness observing this fascinating creature. The students in the craft school were friendly and ready to engage with visitors. We spent more than half a day just soaking up the atmosphere. A visit is a must, if you are in Rotorua.
  • This is a really cool place to visit. Unfortunately, the geyser don't go off during our e hour do it but the hot mud pools, and many exhibits were interesting and informative. Beautiful scenery. Great guides. Nice little restaurant and gift shop. Take time to walk around and see every thing. Weaving and wood working by local peoples very interesting.
  • A wonderful experience. We visited here on a day tour during our New Zealand cruise and were completely blown away. Not literally though!!! We were impressed with all that we learnt about the Maori Culture, the singing and dancing performances were beautiful and we enjoyed pottering around the arts centre purchasing gifts and collectables for ourselves. The geyser was going off at full blast and it was an amazing sight to behold. Nature at it's finest. The odour wasn't too bad, I think we were all in awe of the geyser and enjoying the warmth it was giving off as the day we visited it was quite cold. A fabulous tour, the guides were friendly and very interesting. Highly recommended.
  • Great for photos and the geysers are spectacular! Amazing mud pools and rivers. Not only do you get to see the just magnificent geysers, you have the chance to see the heart and soul of our country, the kiwi. There is also a Maori carving workshop you can visit, and talk to the wonderfully skilled workmen who are chatty and kind, providing you with all sorts of cultural knowledge. In addition, there is also a Maori tribe show available to watch and learn more about the great people of New Zealand.
  • My husband and I came here on our honeymoon and we had a wonderful time! We loved learning more about the culture and really enjoyed the performance. It was really fun to get up on stage and learn a few things too! We thought all of the geothermal areas were really neat and trying traditional Maori food was an awesome experience. We met a lot of very kind new people, learned a lot and had tons of fun. It's worth the time. Also, our tour guide was hilarious and super fun to talk to!

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