Te Puia, Rotorua

4.3
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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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  • This is a great place to see the mud bubbling, the geysers and the cultural background of the region. The buffet was fantastic, the people extremely friendly and the cultural and natural attractions w...  more »
  • Took us 2 hours to walk around, my children liked it more than they thought they would. Thought the entry price was a bit on the expensive side  more »
  • This place has so much to see and do we ran out of time to see it all. The cultural show was really uplifting and it was fantastic to see the carving school with pupils at work. The highlight was the ...  more »
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  • Great place to visit to learn more about Maori culture,and watch an amazing natural display of geothermal activity and geysers. I appreciate the focus on giving back to Maori people, keeping.the culture alive and getting an authentic inside into the effort. thank you for a great tour!
  • Excellent. Carla, our guide, was brilliant and showed us lots of things that we would have otherwise missed. We saw a Maury greeting, village, the kiwis house, mud pools and Carla seemed to know just when the geyser was going to blow and it was spectacular. After the tour we were left to explore on our own.
  • A great geological place and also a great visiting/tourist attraction! Not suitable if you get an allergy/reaction from inhaling or being close to sources of sulphur! Overall a great experience to witness New Zealand's raw geological power! There are walking tracks and safety railings near places where they should be and thus, making this place as safe as possible... Good stuff!
  • What a fantastic experience. Great Maori Concert, overabundance of great food and the Geyser was awesome. Pohutu did herself proud going higher than she had blown in a long time. An experience not to be missed.
  • There's lots to see here really interesting! We chose this instead of some of the other Maori experiences because they had a day pass option that you could pop by anytime and walk around yourself. That and..... the Pohutu geyser sits within the park erupting probably hourly so, good place to cover both nature and cultural experiences at once. They also offer free Maori guided tours that start on the hour, hourly. I strongly recommend this to start so you get an introduction to the key highlights and can explore the rest of the area yourself thereafter. Useful parts of following the guide: 1) They time the visit to Pohutu geyser in time to see the spouting. 2) They help you spot the kiwi bird in the dark bird house 3) They explain lots of Maori culture parts and take you through the Maori art school
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