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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  • We arrived by hire car at 10.30 and the first tour buses were pulling out, I couldn't help but feel sorry for these people as they must only have had an hour or two in this fantastic place. We spent o...  more »
  • An amazing place to experience and learn about geothermal activity. We saw bubbling mud pools, steam vents and deposits of sulphur. Some rocks were so warm, I reckon you could happily fry an egg.  more »
  • Great tour guides!!!! I was really impressed on their knowledge and friendliness. We did the guided tour which was great and we got to see a kiwi!  more »
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  • Our first meeting with the Maori. The setup is great. Enjoyed the song and dance. Then we were taken on a geyser tour. Saw the Kiwis in the dark. I will definitely go back there.
  • Beautiful food, I loved how many delish vegetarian options you had with the hangi. The show was powerful with lovely singing. Our family has had a wonderful night thank you.
  • The geysers were really cool and they go off frequently, so you're likely to see them. We did the combo tour and dinner when Maori cultural show. The tour isn't necessary, but the guide was great and very knowledgeable. It was fun to learn about everything as we saw it. Everyone was very welcoming and friendly. The dinner was a buffet with lots of different options and it was all delicious. The shows were fun to watch and they really did a great job of making you feel like you were welcome. Definitely worth it and highly recommended.
  • Great experience. I learned so much about traditional culture. Did the Te Pō. Would definitely recommend. Will go again as much as possible.
  • Yes it's touristic, yet very nicely done. You can learn something about the Maori culture (tours are included in your ticket), see Kiwis and especially this huge and stunning geysirs, which were out highlight. Although you get a lot, you also pay a lot (52$/adult). Make sure you get a 10% discount from your hotel or book online.