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  • Address: Hemo Road, Rotorua
  • Hours: Open daily. Summer: 8am – 6pm (until 5pm in Winter)
  • Admission: Adults: NZ$40 - NZ$130, Children (5-15yrs): NZ$20 - NZ$65

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Maori Arts and Crafts Institute (Te Puia)

Te Puia, the Maori Arts and Crafts Institute was established by the New Zealand Parliament to guard and preserve Maori culture, housing the national schools of carving and weaving. Visitors interact with master craftsmen as they turn native hardwood and plant fibers into beautiful pieces of traditional art, spinning stories as they work.

Touring the facilities is interesting, informative and not to be missed, but the highlight is Te Po, Te Puia's authentic evening experience. As evening falls, you'll assemble in a carved meeting space and go on to participate in Maori rituals of friendship and greetting. As the night progresses, you'll feast on traditional cuisine as your guides will share Maori heritage, song and weaponry.

Te Puia is also the staging area for tours of the Te Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley, where there are numerous geysers and 3 regularly erupt - Kereru, Tohu and the world famous Pohutu geyser, which erupts around 20 times a day reaching heights of up to 30m (100ft).

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Discover Rotorua Morning City Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 11 Reviews

Discover Rotorua's leading attractions on this five-hour morning tour. Highlights include the bubbling mud pools and steaming geysers at the Whakarewarewa ...  Read more

Location: Rotorua, New Zealand
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $114.66

Rotorua City Tour and 'The Lord of the Rings' Hobbiton Movie Set

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

Experience Maori culture, see the wildlife and natural wonders of New Zealand, and explore the magic setting for the 'Lord Of The Rings' movie trilogy on this ...  Read more

Location: Rotorua, New Zealand
Duration: Varies

From USD $192.90

Te Puia Maori Cultural Tour and Steambox Lunch

4.5 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

“How would you like that cooked?” will never sound the same after lunch in Te Whakarewarewa Geothermal Valley. Enjoy a meal cooked over steam vents, an ancient ...  Read more

Location: Rotorua, New Zealand
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $75.92

Te Puia Maori Arts and Crafts Institute with Optional Cultural Performance

Experience the culture and history of Te Puia, the New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute. Set in a stunning geothermal location with steaming vents, ...  Read more

Location: Rotorua, New Zealand
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $37.39

Tauranga Shore Excursion: Te Puia Maori Cultural Centre and Rotorua City Sightseeing

4.5 star rating: Recommended 15 Reviews

When your cruise ship docks in Tauranga, gain insights into New Zealand's rich Maori culture and amazing geothermal hot springs on a shore excursion to ...  Read more

Location: Tauranga, New Zealand
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $120.85

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