Te Puia, Rotorua
(4.1/5 based on 2,800+ reviews on the web)
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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  • Our second and last tour of the day after the whakarewarewa village! We have taken the guided tour (30 min) and the guide was great! There is a small house or we can observe a kiwi when he is not asleep, magnificent geysers, a workshop of maori carvings and weavings of Creepers, a beautiful gift shop, restauration.la service visit lasts approximately 2 hour taking his time. Warm welcome. To do!
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  • The guided tour to the geysers and mud pools is wonderful as is the Maori experience but the traditional meal is only so so. 
  • We had a fun though wet afternoon here. This was really well set out and the signposting helpful and informative. Sadly we missed joining the free tour. The geysers and mud pools are dramatic and abso...  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.