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This tour was amazing!! We truly enjoyed the entire day. The first half of the day you spend going to Te Puia, Agrodome, and Rainbow Springs. All of which were awesome! It was a bit rushed but that's to be expected when you are going to see a bunch of things in a short time. We felt like the amount of time we spent at these locations was enough. The Hobbiton portion was definitely the highlight of our day. This tour is absolutely worth the money! Highly recommended if you are only in Rotorua for a short time!
Such a great way to see as many attractions possible in Rotorua as well as the famous Hobbiton movie Set. All our guides were fantastic. The farm show at Agrodome was a real laugh, they really get everyone involved no matter you age! I even got to milk a cow! Te Puia, there is nothing like this anywhere! Such an incredible and unique place that not only offers visitors an insight into the history of the Maori Culture but also the history of Rotorua and the Geothermal activity. The Hobbiton movie set is amazing. You are taken into a whole new world and it’s just so amazing. A Fantastic tour and highly recommended for those wanting to see as much of Rotorua on a short timeline.
When I went up to the booth at the entrance to Te Puia Maori arts and Crafts Institute, I was thinking that I was going to have to do some explaining... I said, "I have a small group..." and immediately Carla spoke up and said "And I will be showing your around today". And she proceeded to come out introduce heresulf, ask the names of each of the eight of us, and describe the time we would be spending together. She was charming, knowledgeable, proud of her culture, and eager to share it with us. The steambox lunch was excellent...and the hands on lessons, up close look at carving, and her ability to weave in her family history were excellent. We had dubbed ourselves the "Kiwi Wannabes"...and the welcome of Carla to Te Puia is one of the reasons we enjoyed the Kiwi and Maori experience so much. have to say also that we ventured into questions of discrimination, earning a living in New Zealand and more...and carla had the thoughtful and incisive answers we sought. Make this a "must" as you visit Rotorua...
Doing what: Te Puia Maori Cultural Tour and Steambox Lunch
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.
My worst day in New Zealand. I felt as the place was a rip-off. I went to a cultural performance before and here in Te Puia I didn't feel the energy. The whole place was overcrowded. Te Puia isn't authentic and the history was missing. Interesting were the woodcarving and weaving demonstration, the guided walk and the geothermal valley. I am sure there are better Maori cultural experiences around Rotorua.
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