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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  • We visited Te Puia as part of the evening meal and celebration. It was more interesting and better than I expected! The evening started with a general welcome and being split into groups before seeing...  more »
  • I realise that this has been largely constructed for tourism reasons but I am a tourist and I thought it was great. I particularly enjoyed the mud pools and geysers which was a new experience to me. T...  more »
  • Right at the entrance to Rotsee, a sacred compound for the Maori. The geysers is very impressive. Like the whole site. There are performances and meals can be used. Recommended
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  • My family enjoyed our day at Te Puia very much! We learnt a great deal from the guided tour (she was lovely and informative). It was easy to navigate our way around the park and we LOVED the concert of traditional dance and song! Their customer service is also FANTASTIC! We had accidentally left our camera behind, but they very kindly posted it back home to us in AUSTRALIA! How wonderful is that!!! We were so appreciative, as our family holiday photos were all on that camera! Thank you for a great experience!
  • It is very interesting to learn something about the Maori culture. The Park is very nice and you have a good combination of culture, nature and craftsmanship there. I would recommend taking a tour through the village to get some additional information and also some insights to the Maori behavior.
  • My wife and I took part in the guided tour... Ir was a great experience! We saw the 12 pillars of Maori god/goddesses, 2 great Geysers, and awesome mud pool, a typical Maori habitat, the Maori School of Craft & Carving! You can walk amongst these yourself or do it as part of a tour as we did. Doing it this way, you are told the story and significance of each. The guided day tour is NZ$56.
  • One of the must places to see in Rotorua. Allow 3 hours to walk and rest, the place is huge. The infrastructure is amazing, with a classy restaurant and coffee. We bought the basic family pack, which is good if you have small kids. Bring your baby carrier to take your little ones, it helps finish the whole itinerary. Food is allowed inside the park for picnic, but you have to carry your belongings all the time, no lockers. Avoid the peak sun time and enter around 8:30 to enjoy less people and more freedom to walk and take photos. One of the most interesting places are the institute of arts and the galleries which exhibit the Maori art and how it is done. Geysers are another must see, great to see the earth releasing some stress. Worth coming and recommended.
  • Really amazing park, they have a guided tour every hour on the hour with helpful guides who can tell you all about the different parts of the park. The Maori crafts institute was especially fun to see. But other than that there's the kiwi house, the mud pools and the geyser which erupts once per hour. I highly recommend you do this tour if you are ever in Rotorua, they even have all kinds of activities to do inside the park for a reasonable price. You can see a show about Maori culture or even join them for a typical Maori dinner if you like. All in all a recommendation for everyone that visits Rotorua.
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