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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  • I had not intended to visit here however I pulled into the carpark on my way to my accommodation in Rotorua. It was quite pricey and the gift shop prices were sky high. Very busy place with bus loads ...  more »
  • Our guide was Carla of the Shark tribe. We had gone to the visitor information center in Taupo and found a brochure of Te Puia. It was by far one of the best tours we had taken. Two live Kiwi's, two g...  more »
  • We had a great time. Was the first time we had seen a geyser. There are some areas of the grounds that were under construction or there was not much happening. The price of admission may have been a b...  more »
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  • Great central place to visit. Very slick and touristy but if that doesn't bother you you'll love this place. Lots of geysers, volcanic activity, culture and history. I love the way they present the Maori people as friendly and hospitable as this is the truth even if its not always what people may observe in Rotorua. Once in the guided tour is free and we'll worth while (just go off-peak).. There's also a good cafe / shop and this massive heated dining area (that has over 24 x 2500watt heaters mounted on the ceiling so I hate to think how much they'd pay for power! They could just turn the heaters off and give everyone a discount!) ... ANYWAY... :-) well worth the visit!
  • Very cool place! Price was a bit steep and looks like they have some old paths/trails that are now closed. Show to start the day was very informative, had a great walk around the property. A good two-hour sight to see.
  • Incredible geysers, loved the environment and everything was very well set out. The staff were exceptional. Only problem is how 'touristy' the place is! Of course this was expected, but now that I've seen Pōhutu, I will most definitely swerve Te Puia on my next visit to Rotorua, and aim for a less populated attraction!
  • The highlight here is to see the Pohutu Geyser spouting. As is goes once or twice an hour there is a good chance you won’t have to wait to see it. Besides this there is a small geothermal park to explore. I was also great to see the endangered kiwi birds. As they are nocturnal the enclosure is quite dark but they were running around near the glass so we still got a good look at them. Unfortunately the steam box lunch was booked out so we missed out on that so if interested I would suggest booking in advance. There are also some replica Maori traditional buildings to see and weaving taking place. The site is very small and doesn’t offer as much to see and learn compared to similar ones in the area and is probably also the most expensive to enter. It’s definitely geared towards being a quick stop for tour groups.
  • Fantastic! Spectacular geothermal features, knowledgeable & jovial staff, unique cultural experiences. Money goes to support the local Maori and their educational and culture preservation mission. See a geyser and traditional woodcarving & weaving all at once. Our guide, called Rob, was excellent in his blend of knowledge and humor. Free guided tours available at the top of every hour are recommended.
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