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Te Puia Maori Arts and Crafts Institute with Optional Cultural Performance

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    Make your way to Te Puia and meet your Maori guide at the entrance to the New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute. Hear stories and legends passed down over generations, learn about Maori settlement in Rotorua, and gain insight into this thriving culture as you observe master woodcarvers and artisans trained in the intricate art of weaving flax.
    At the nocturnal kiwi house, catch a rare sight of this unusual flightless bird — New Zealand's national emblem. 
    Then walk past the bubbling mud pools and steaming springs of the Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley, and don’t miss the 100-foot (30-meter) Pohutu Geyser, which erupts up to 20 times a day.
    Optional Upgrade: Maori Cultural Performance
    This spectacle of dance and song takes place several times throughout the day. Start with a ceremonial welcome at the marae, or meeting place, including the nose-to-nose Maori greeting known as the hongi. You’ll see weaponry displays, poi dances and stick games, and be mesmerized by the haka war dance.
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    Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

    I really enjoyed all aspects of Te Puia. The geyser is phenomenal, I couldn’t believe how long it erupted for, if you see it spraying water and feel let down then you have either arrived at the beginning or end of its eruption. Keep waiting...More

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    TePuia, Guest Relations Manager at Te Puia, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

    Kia ora! We appreciate and love reading Reviews like this! I just thought it would be good to highlight the fact that we are a not for profit organisation and all the funds go back into perpetuate and help cultivate Maori Culture so we would...More

    Reviewed 1 week ago

    We took our family to Te Puia today and thoroughly enjoyed it. From the cultural experience to the up close opportunity to observe Maori crafts and hot geysers up close it was a fantastic place. The guide Paul was professional and funny and we really...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
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    TePuia, Guest Relations Manager at Te Puia, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

    Kia ora Yes, Pauly is one of our exceptional guides who never ceases to amaze and entertain our visitors with his knowledge on the Geothermal valley, TeWhakarewarewatangaoteOpeTauaaWahiao. As many of our guides are the same we pride ourselves on being able to answer pretty much...More

    Reviewed 2 weeks ago

    Geo Thermal wonderland was a great place to visit and learn about the local culture and traditions. The guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. Overall we enjoyed the tour and do recommend Te Puia to everyone visiting Rotorua.More

    Date of experience: July 2019
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    TePuia, Guest Relations Manager at Te Puia, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

    Kia ora, Thank you for the lovely comments, glad to hear you enjoyed your time here with us at Te Puia. Our guides are awesome with their guided tours being just as good! Pohutu itself though is truly a sight to behold, erupting up to...More

    Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

    The information agent across from the ticket agent was wonderful and very polite. He sorted out my tickets and got me underway. As soon as I went through the gates I was approached by a lovely lady who informed me of a tour starting soon....More

    Date of experience: July 2019
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    TePuia, Guest Relations Manager at Te Puia, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

    Kia ora, Thank you for the lovely comments, glad to hear you enjoyed your time here with us at Te Puia. Our staff are awesome especially with making our manuhiri (guests) feel as though they are whanau (family)! Pohutu itself though is truly a sight...More

    Reviewed 4 weeks ago

    It was a wet winter's day in Rotorua when we visited Te Puia, but time constraints meant this was our only day to attend. We went on the guided tour with only a handful of other people and were educated on the Maori culture, arts...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
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    TePuia, Guest Relations Manager at Te Puia, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

    Kia ora, Thank you for the lovely comments, glad to hear you enjoyed your time here with us at Te Puia. Our Maori culture is something we pride ourselves on, and we are pleased to have shared that with you Thanks again for your review,...More

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    maymike2017
    12 August 2019|
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    Response from seajayj | Reviewed this property |
    I beleive so, but zi would ring the centre and ask directly
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