4.5 star rating: Recommended 3 Reviews

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

Te Puia Maori Arts and Crafts Institute with Optional Cultural Performance

Gain entry to the New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute at Te Puia on a guided tour of this geothermal hot spot. Take a walking path up to steaming vents, boiling mud pools and erupting Pohutu Geyser at Te Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley; observe the emblematic kiwi bird; and discover Maori traditions at the cultural center. Upgrade to include a 45-minute cultural performance of Maori song and dance, including the warlike ‘haka.’ Showtimes are available several times a day during admittance. 


  • Te Puia Maori Arts and Culture Institute daytime experience
  • Explore the Te Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley and see boiling mud pools and the world-famous Pohutu Geyser
  • Learn more about Maori traditions and legends on a guided tour
  • Upgrade to include a 45-minute Te Puia Maori cultural performance

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

There is so much to see and experience at Te Puia – boiling mud pools, spectacular geysers, Maori weaving and carving. This is a fascinating and diverse look into the Maori culture and the region. Be sure to include the cultural performance and make the most of your visit to Te Puia.

What You Can Expect

Te Puia Maori Arts and Crafts Institute with Optional Cultural Performance

Maori cultural performance, Haka warrior

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 45-minute 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.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

What an amazing place. The guided tour was fantastic and very informative - a pity the kiwi was asleep!! The Maori Cultural Experience is a must. Excellent introduction to the Maori culture and the stick passing was captivating.

4 star rating: Recommended November 2015

We enjoyed walking around and seeing the thermal pools and watching the geyser. We didn't do the Cultural Performance because we were going to another one that evening. What wasn't clear from the booking information was that this is a voucher which you can use at any point during the day while Te Puia is open for general admittance. Without the performance, it was a couple of hours walking around and a gift shop.

4 star rating: Recommended March 2015

A joint trip to Taupo , Huka Falls and Rotorua is what I would highly recommend
It is a first rate Nature Experience
Maori culture experience is at its best at Auckland Museum

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