Te Puia, Rotorua

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Must see · Hot Spring · Historic Site
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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  • We did the Geyser Night Tour and although it was a bit pricey it certainly delivered! It was only the two of us on the tour with Patrick and Nelson and we had the best time. The lights, stories and...  more »
  • What a wonderful evening! I am in my third trimester and this was such a well thoughout, memorable experience! The guides were very genuine, humorous and knowledgable, they also had great...  more »
  • Amazing Kai, will not find a better buffet with such flavorsome food, we went here for a family dinner and even our young kids enjoyed our meal and ate more than usual, we can't wait to return here...  more »
  • The dancing and singing was very amazing you get really into it. I like that it’s a walking tour and seeing the geyser so close. I finally got to see a kiwi bird there. Watching them make the art was just awesome to see. So much hard work. The dinner was fantastic I don’t think I’ve eaten so much in one time so quickly. I highly recommend.
  • Amazing place with so many things to see and do. Went on the steambox lunch tour and was great. Enjoyed making flax flowers and eating the lunch fresh from the steam. The crafts are all so interesting and the skill the artists all have is phenomenal. Would highly recommend visiting for anyone in Rotorua. I'm surprised we didn't visit on one of our previous visits.
  • Definitely worth the money! Yes, it’s quite touristy but we were one of them. The cultural Performance really touched my heart. We also had the lunch buffet which was quite expensive ($39/person), but also worth it. We don’t even eat meat and still thought it was a reasonable price, since everything was super delicious and the staff was very friendly. Our tour guide was awesome and we got to learn a lot about the Māori culture.
  • Great guides and lots of really good Maori history and culture. The geysers were pretty cool to see and the guides gave lots of good background information. Cultural dance performances were and the dinner was really delicious. I'm normally not a fan of buffets in general, but this one had a lot of variety and good flavors. There were good seafood and meat dishes, but also and a lot of good vegi/vegan options too. A must-do excursion if you're in Rotorua.
  • Cost 60NZ dollars to get in . ( Discount available with coupons ) In the summer, it might be a bit too hot to walk around between 12-3PM. The biggest geyser is the main attraction and erupts once or twice every hour . The best place to wait and watch it is at the buffet restaurant which we enjoyed every much. ( cost 38NZ dollars )

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