Te Puia

01 September 14

Te Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley, Rotorua, New Zealand

Te Puia is New Zealand’s living Maori cultural centre, located just 5 minutes from central Rotorua. Situated in the Whakarewarewa Geothermal Valley, Te Puia’s 60 hectare site is home to the New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute, a live kiwi enclosure, the world-famous Pohutu Geyser, and more than 500 geothermal wonders.

With land steeped in ancestral history, and a guiding legacy that stretches back to the 1800s, Te Puia extend their unique hospitality and rich cultural heritage to all visitors.

Geothermal Valley

The valley has many stories just waiting to be shared with you. Walk upon the earth where goddesses breathed fire and come face to face with the awesome power and majesty of the world’s most accessible geothermal site.

Culture, Architecture & Pa

Descending from centuries of guides and storytellers, they like to showcase their vibrant culture through dance and song. Even the architecture at Te Puia has stories to tell, with carvings and structures of deep cultural significance, including the carved entranceway and the Rotowhio marae.

Indigenous Evening Experience

Hear the stories of the past and experience a fully authentic Maori welcome, relax and enjoy beautiful waiata (songs), the renowned haka (challenge) and elegant poi dance. Learn about these Maori customs before enjoying a culinary opportunity like no other, the hangi (earth oven cooked meat) as well as a range of other delicacies.

A visit to Te Puia is included on most Grand Pacific Tours coach holidays. 

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