Te Puia

Te Puia, Rotorua: Hours, Address, Te Puia Reviews: 4.5/5

Historic Sites • Points of Interest & Landmarks • Hot Springs & Geysers
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
Te Puia spans 70 hectares within the historic Te Whakarewarewa Valley, on the edge of town. We are home to the world famous Pohutu geyser, to mud pools, hot springs, to silica formations to the Kiwi bird and the national schools of wood carving, weaving, stone and bone carving. We have shared these treasures with manuhiri (visitors) for 170 years and proudly continue that legacy today.
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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Brigid H
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Magical Moments at Te Puia
Jun 2021
The highlight of my whirlwind trip to Rotorua - Te Puia was the perfect mix of extraordinary sights, education, and fun. I took the afternoon guided tour with Kahu, and it was so good I'd be tempted to do it again next visit. Difficult to pick a highlight, but if I had to it was being in the thermal valley, watching the Pohutu Geyser and learning that that particular day marked the 135th anniversary of the Mt Tarawera eruption - a spiritual, significant moment that rocked our group.
Nga mihi Kahu and Team Te Puia for looking after us so beautifully.
Don't miss this - highly recommended!
Written 11 June 2021
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Kelly&Melinda family trip
Auckland, New Zealand5 contributions
Great activity in Rotorua
Jun 2021 • Friends
The guided tour was brillant Kahu the guide was fun and so informative loved it and lunch was amazing would highly recommend
Written 9 June 2021
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Wendy
Auckland Central, New Zealand6 contributions
Great tour
May 2021
The tour through the carving and weaving school was fascinating and being able to talk to students learning these crafts made it a special experience. Kahu, our guide for the morning had a great sense of humour and the steam pudding cooked by geothermal heat was delicious.
Written 17 May 2021
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia7,433 contributions
See a geyser and a kiwi
May 2021
Te Puia is a good day out, it's a good opportunity to see Maori culture and history. In Australia, we don't have geysers or mud pools, so we liked seeing them, especially the mud pools, which are quite intriguing. Although it's New Zealand's national bird, kiwis are very hard to find elsewhere.
Written 12 May 2021
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Tia
Rotorua, New Zealand2 contributions
Pataka Restaurant at Te Puia NOT GOOD!
Apr 2021 • Family
Dined at Pakata Restaurant tonight 1/5/2021 it was not worth the money at all! The entry was cold dark and unwelcoming that we thought the place was closed, no distinguishable welcoming signage.

Dishes on offer were mediocre, food was regularly replenished but dirty sticky serving utensils never replaced. Carvery meat was hacked with a blunt knife and was offered a drinks menu by receptionist and they never came back. Waitress was unskilled with taking drink orders but friendly and doing the best she could.

Someone to greet us in and maybe the fire place going would have been nice. No music and no ambiance. No customer service really, didn’t feel welcome. Won’t be back and will tell friends and family how bad it is.
Written 1 May 2021
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Camper818196
5 contributions
Night Tour
Apr 2021 • Couples
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 information were amazing and we learned a lot. The geysers were something else, really beautiful.
Written 15 April 2021
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Alex E
Auckland Central, New Zealand5 contributions
Te Puia Night Trail
Apr 2021 • Couples
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 manaakitangi and the quality of this tour was greatly enhanced by the extra touches of a special treat that was cooked in a thermal pool, and as you saw their three beautiful geysers going off, the guides brought us a delicious drink to enjoy! This added to the feeling of 'awe and wonder'. I really appreciated all the art sculptures and history of the place, and to see the art school on site as well, you really get a sense of the values of community, respect for Maori culture and the ancesters and people of the land, as well as the welcoming to new guests and support for the arts! You managed to pull this altogether into this tour, thank you for such a eye opening experience!
Written 3 April 2021
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Thank you for your wonderful feedback. We value your patronage and your feedback. All the best for your future with your new edition and hopefully in future, we will see you and baby here before long. Nga mihi Matakuikui.
Written 6 April 2021
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Karina R
Auckland, New Zealand54 contributions
Pataka Kai
Apr 2021 • Family
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...
Written 2 April 2021
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Ash J
Wellington, New Zealand215 contributions
Take your time, take the guided tour
Mar 2021 • Couples
Really good experience at whakarewarewa. Popped in for lunch but stayed for the tour. What a treat. Great info and humour from Kahu.

Meeting house is another national treasure

Was blown away by the NZ Maori Arts and Craft Institute. Stone & Bone School was very informative and the boys in the wood carving school did a great presentation. Learned lots at the weaving too.

Justin did a great job at the new Kiwi habitat (no longer a kiwi house) and really engaged the kids

Then there is the geothermal stuff. Try the heated seats near the Waka stop and there is a neat surprise treat near the end of the tour, fresh from a natural steam oven.

We loved it.
Written 22 March 2021
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Ruru
Rotorua, New Zealand9 contributions
60th birthday
Feb 2021 • Family
Restaurant was beautiful.
Views if geysers.
Good selection and tasty food. Great service ❤ Was kid friendly aswell
Written 12 March 2021
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