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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  • Rotorua accommodation close to the city gathered, if you take advantage of car rental, comfortable. In the case of geysers, located on the course 14 times in Rotorua geysers of features. Apart from that, you can see the mud pool, we can feel with the tradition of the place.
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  • The volcano and the Maori culture Rotorua's two intensive one. If a short schedule in one place, Rotorua.
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  • I remember coming here as a little kid and it's still just as much fun as an adult. The geysers are magnificent and the various mud and murk pools still like a nightmarish hellscape. Great to see Māor...  more »
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  • 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!
  • Forget the knockers, I found this is to be a great experience. The cultural performances are given by real people who have a tremendous respect for their heritage. The guides are worth talking to and who can resist seeing boiling water spouting out of the earth? The tour we went on was organized by a cruise line and included lunch - the food was very good and the quantities generous . As to value for money, I'm going to be positive, we paid a fair bit but it was worth it.
  • It was very pretty with lots of different areas to look at. There is a free tour every half an hour or so which was fun and informative, and set at a nice pace. There were lots of little explosions but we didn't get a chance to see a huge geyser explosion as it wasn't cooperating that day. Mostly wheelchair accessible, expect for some of the houses, and there was lots to learn about not only the geological side but also the historical and cultural aspects. Also, when I was at the goddess of death's, uh... lady parts... hot spring a bunch of tourists came up to me and seemed very excited to take a group photo with me. They weren't interested when I tried to explain why I was looking at the hot spring, possibly because they didn't speak English. I don't know why they wanted to take a group photo with me, or what they did with it, but they seemed happy so that was nice.
  • This is a fun quick stop to see mud pools and the largest geyser in the southern hemisphere. Enjoy a walk through the park and see all the geothermal activity. There is a cafe in the park with pretty good food. For a little extra money you can get to see a cultural performance which was pretty good.
  • A must do while in New Zealand. Breath taking and take the time to wait and watch the full 'show'. Can get a little crowded however. The Gift shop has a good range and compared to other places is quite reasonable. On my last two visits have picked up cravings and have not been disappointed with them.

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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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