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  • Location: Rotorua, New Zealand
  • Duration:  2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
“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 Maori technique that is still used today. As your lunch is being prepared, enjoy a 2.5-hour guided tour of Te Puia, the New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute, to gain insight into the traditional Maori lifestyle. Try your hand at weaving with flax and admire traditional carvings, then adjust your eyes in the Kiwi House to spot the nocturnal birds. End your trip in the geothermal valley to see hot mud pools and geysers over lunch!


  • Te Puia arts and crafts institute small-group tour with steambox lunch
  • Take a 2.5-hour guided tour of Te Puia
  • Watch a flax-weaving workshop
  • See geothermal activity and the world-famous Pohutu Gesyer
  • Dine on a steambox lunch, cooked in the steam vents of the geothermal landscape
  • Enjoy personalized attention on this small-group tour of 15 passengers

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

The steambox lunch will give you a taste of the Maori culture. Enjoy food that has been cooked using the geothermal energy, a method that has been used for in the region for centuries and is still used today. Sitting down for lunch with the Pohutu Geyser as your backdrop is a magical experience.

What You Can Expect

Te Puia Maori Cultural Tour and Steambox Lunch

Steambox lunch at Pohutu Gesyer

A dozen monumental Maori carvings known as the Te Heketanga-a-Rangi (Heavenly Origins) greet you at the entrance to Te Puia,he New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute.

When you arrive, choose the raw ingredients for your lunchbox and set off on your 2.5-hour guided tour of the grounds. While you’re checking out traditional artwork, your lunch is prepared on steam vents using an ancient Maori method. The Maori people have cooked using the naturally occurring steam and hot water within Te Whakarewarewa Geothermal Valley for hundreds of years, and still do today.

Your 2.5-hour guided tour reveals the legends behind the arrival of the Maori in Rotorua, and explores Maori customs and traditions via interactive galleries at the Te Whare Tapere meeting house.

Enjoy visits to the national carving and weaving schools, where these prestigious crafts are taught by masters of the arts. See carving and flax-weaving demonstrations, and stop by the Kiwi House to spot New Zealand's national native bird. The enclosure is specially lit to help you spot this notoriously elusive nocturnal bird.

Your tour also takes you to the bubbling mud pools and steaming hot springs of this amazing geothermal region, where the 100-foot (30-meter) Pohutu Geyser erupts up to 20 times a day.

Stop at the terrace overlooking the Pohutu Geyser to watch your lunch carefully emerge from the Nga Wha steam vent that uses natural geothermal heat to cook your meal.

Relax on the terrace and enjoy your traditionally cooked steambox meal for the ultimate taste of Maori culture!
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