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Te Puia is one of the premier Maori culture centres in New Zealand, one which is enhanced by its steaming vents and gushing geothermal waters.
Te Puia is located 5 minutes from Rotorua and is home to the Maori Arts and Crafts Institute and 70 hectares of geothermal wonder. You will be able to watch wood carving and weaving whilst learning about the celebration and education of the Maori history, culture and people. Your local guide will explain the relationship the Te Arawa people have with the land that they have lived on for 700 years, many being descendants of those who first settled here.
The Te Whakarewarewa Valley is where the Te Arawa have lived all this time, and the environment is a stunning geological mixture of boiling sulphurous pools, hot springs and silica terraces. The most famous geyser in the valley is Pohutu, whose name means ‘big splash or explosion’.
Indigenous Evening Tour
The Te Pō Tour is a one of a kind feast of storytelling, entertainment and Māori cuisine. After dinner you will be invited to board the motorised waka for a journey Through the Valley Under Lights.
The tour includes a traditional Maori welcoming ceremony (powhiri) and intimate concert performance.