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. Put Te Puia on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Rotorua vacation generator.
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  • August 16, 2017
    What a wonderful experience? Included in your ticket is a great guided tour of this beautiful place. Our guide was fully engaging and good fun. We learnt a little bit about Maori history, we saw a kiw...  more »
  • August 15, 2017
    Beautiful place. The New Zealand and all over a volcano and geysers. Here was the highest of all the North Island but for decades has ceased to erupt because of drilling that are also carried out in private houses X geothermal heating. Were then prevented new drilling within two km. This was an old maori village. Still only 60 people are permitted to bathe in the waters of the natural pools of the Park. In the park there is also the representation of Maori village life which in my opinion should not be lost.
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  • August 15, 2017
    We had pre-booked tickets to visit one afternoon but there was torrential rain and thunderstorms so staff kindly let us defer our visit to the following day. We found Te Puia very interesting and educ...  more »
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  • 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.
  • Fantastic cultural experience, worth every penny of the very reasonable entrance fee, the cultural show, and haka is definitely worth seeing. Contrast of culture between proud majesty of the Maori and the frantic rabble of snapping, pushing and plain rude tourists! Stay clear of the large tour groups though and you'll be able to appreciate the people, the location and power of nature.
  • I would recommend this place to anyone who wants to know more about Maori culture. The tour guide, Paul is knowledgable and also funny. Never miss the guided tour. The Maori show makes me feel at home as I can see the resemblance to one of my country's tribe, Batak. I like the singing the most as the performer has a powerful and harmonious vocal composition. The Maori Village provides too little information. Ladies, don't forget to stop by the gift shop. They sell Rotorua Mud Mask and many other NZ unique skin care such as honey skin care or bee wax balm.
  • Price just about worth it for the sights, highly recommend the free hour long tour to get more background info. Highlights were the geysers, mud pools and captive kiwi bird. Also enjoyed the extra paid for cultural performance, including the haka. Slightly disappointing part is it feels extremely commercial, concrete walkways slapped through the volcanic area felt a step a bit too far. Overall worth the trip
  • Guided tour was informative, the cultural experience was good too. Also- they have a kiwi. Gets busy though - lots of tour buses. Make sure you have enough time to see the geyser erupt - it is spectacular.

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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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