Te Puia Tours

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Te Puia
Te Puia, located in the Te Whakarewarewa Geothermal Valley at the edge of Rotorua features Pohutu Geyser and is home to the impressive New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute. Visitors can tour the bubbling mud pools with a local Maori guide and choose from among myriad activities.
 
The Basics
Admission tickets and guided tours through Te Puia usually include a visit to the Kiwi House for a look at this nocturnal national bird housed in a dark enclosure. In the national weaving and carving schools, you can watch Maori students re-create the traditional arts of their ancestors.
 
For what is arguably the best evening in Rotorua, come in the evening to experience Te Po—a traditional ceremony and hangi feast (food cooked in a traditional in-ground oven), along with a music and dance performance. Travelers can also visit Te Puia as part of a Rotorua sightseeing tour, an eco tour, or an excursion focused on arts and crafts.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Admission fees vary, depending upon the length of stay and various activities involved.
  • Child pricing, day passes, and family passes are available.
  • It’s best to bring sturdy footwear for a walk around the hot springs.
  • The site offers wheelchair-accessible parking, restrooms, and asphalt pathways; however, some of the pathways are steep and visitors with limited mobility may require assistance.
 
How to Get There
Only five minutes, or 2.2 miles (3.5 kilometers) south of central Rotorua by car, Te Puia is reached directly from the i-Site Visitor Information Centre via Fenton Street and State Highway 30. The attraction can also be accessed from the Tauranga port via State Highway 36, which takes about an hour. Most tour operators offer round-trip hotel transport.
 
When to Get There
Te Puia is open from 8am to 5pm daily, with evening operating hours from 6pm to 9pm. It’s best to arrive early to make the most of your time, but tours run until one hour before closing. Book an evening visit and you’ll be treated to a tour of the geothermal area under colorful lights.
 
Pohutu: the Showstopper
When visitors first catch a glimpse of Pohutu Geyser—which thunders up from the earth and shoots skyward with a column of water that’s nearly 100 feet (30 meters) high—they begin to understand why this geothermal attraction has drawn people for centuries. You can witness the eruption of the Southern Hemisphere's largest active geyser day or night.
Address: Te Puia, Rotorua, New Zealand
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Hobbiton, Rotorua and Waitomo Caves Day Trip in Luxury Minibus from Auckland

Cover plenty of ground in one day by combining several North Island highlights: Hobbiton, Rotorua and Waitomo Caves. Take a guided tour of the Hobbiton Movie Set, where you’ll find the Green Dragon Inn, the Mill and the home of Bilbo Baggins from ‘The Hobbit’ and ‘The Lord of the Rings.’ Enjoy lunch at Te Puia, home to Pohutu Geyser, and ride a boat through the Waitomo Glowworm Caves to see these radiant lights. You can start and finish your tour in either Auckland or Rotorua, traveling one-way or round-trip.
  • Duration: 13 hours
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2-Day Waitomo Caves, Hobbiton Movie Set and Rotorua Tour from Auckland

Discover the otherworldly beauty of New Zealand’s North Island, from Rotorua’s geothermal pools and the Waitomo Glowworm Caves to the Shire at the Hobbiton Movie Set. On this 2-day coach tour from Auckland, you’ll experience ancient Maori traditions with a ‘hangi’ dinner, the filmmaking history of ‘The Lord of the Rings,’ a duck tour and a visit to the Agrodome. Enjoy standard (3 star hotel) or superior (4 star hotel) overnight accommodation in Rotorua.
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Rotorua Day Trip from Auckland with options

This small-group day trip from Auckland features the highlights and hospitality of Rotorua. Visit the Maori Arts and Crafts Institute of Te Puia, witness the thermal activity of the Te Whakarewarewa Geothermal Valley and tour the city with a knowledgeable guide. Opt for additional free time to explore on your own, or upgrade for a 2-hour private soak at the Polynesian Spa or a visit to Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland. You have the flexibility to return to Auckland or end with drop-off in Rotorua.
  • Duration: 13 hours
  • Duration: 13 hours
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Full-Day Hobbiton and Rotorua Tour from Auckland

Explore the Shire and Middle-Earth on this full-day Hobbiton and Rotorua tour from Auckland. Travel through Waikato with a guide and admire panoramic views over the Hauraki Plains. Enjoy a guided tour of Hobbiton — made famous in the ‘Lord of the Rings’ and ‘The Hobbit’ movies. Learn how the set was created, and discover sites you love including the Hobbit holes, Green Dragon Inn and the Mill. After lunch in Te Puia, head into the geothermal Te Whakarewarewa Valley where shooting geysers, bubbling mud pools and steaming hot springs await.
  • Duration: 13 hours
  • Duration: 13 hours
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Waitomo Caves and Rotorua (Te Puia) Tour from Auckland in Small Groups

The Waitomo Caves and Rotorua rank among New Zealand’s top attractions, offering natural beauty, geothermal features, and native culture in equal measure. Ideal for travellers short on time, this adventurous tour takes in both sites in the same day, with entry fees plus pickup and drop-off at selected Auckland hotels included. Discover subterranean stalagmites at the famous Waitomo Caves and hit top Rotorua attractions including the Government Gardens and Lake Rotorua.
  • Duration: 12 hours
  • Duration: 12 hours
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Full-Day Waitomo and Rotorua Tour from Auckland

This full-day itinerary combines two North Island destinations: Waitomo Glowworm Caves and Rotorua. Marvel at the tiny lights of thousands of glowworms on a boat ride through the tranquil caverns. Then choose from several Rotorua attractions, including an Agrodome farm tour, Skyline Gondola ride or Polynesian Spa experience. In the afternoon, visit Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve and the Maori Arts and Crafts Institute at Te Puia. Picnic lunch and round-trip hotel transport are included from Auckland.
  • Duration: 12 hours 30 minutes
  • Duration: 12 hours 30 minutes
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3-Day Wellington to Auckland Tour

This is an independent three day tour departing Wellington daily with two nights in a 4 - 4.5 star accommodation in Rotorua prior to your tour concluding in Auckland on day 3. The tour includes a full day in Rotorua with admission and tours of the Agrodome, Rainbow Springs and Te Puia. On day three the tour travels to Auckland via Waitomo where you will experience a guided tour of the glowworm caves. Hotel pick-ups and drop-offs are included for all transfers and activities listed.
  • Duration: 3 days
  • Duration: 3 days
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Evening Maori Cultural Performance and Geyser Experience from Rotorua

Experience an evening of authentic Maori food, movement, and music paired with the raw power of the Pōhutu geyser with a night at the Te Puia cultural center. Watch an energetic performance inside a carved Maori meeting house, followed by a delicious ‘hangi’ feast prepared in a traditional pit oven. Later, venture into the geothermal valley to sip hot chocolate under the stars and watch the eruption of the Southern Hemisphere's largest active geyser.
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Rotorua City Tour and 'The Lord of the Rings' Hobbiton Movie Set

Combine three of Rotorua’s top attractions with a Hobbiton Movie Set tour on this full-day adventure. In the morning, visit Te Puia Maori Arts and Crafts Institute, Rainbow Springs Wildlife Park, and the Agrodome sheep farm with a knowledgeable guide who informs you about New Zealand’s indigenous culture, national kiwi bird, and most common farm animal. Then travel through 'The Shire' on a tour of filming locations used in ‘The Lord Of The Rings' and ‘The Hobbit’ series.
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  • Duration: 9 hours
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Shore Excursion: 6-hour Private Vehicle with Professional Guide from Tauranga

Design your own perfect shore excursion with a 6-hour, private tour from the Port of Tauranga that’s tailored to your cruise schedule and interests. Explore the geothermal landscape of Rotorua, step into Middle Earth at Hobbiton, or visit a Maori marae to see traditional carving, crafts, and dances. This 6-hour tour includes pickup and drop-off at your cruise port, and accommodates your private group of up to 15 people.
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  • Duration: 6 hours
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Private Tour: Rotorua and Waitomo Caves Day Trip from Auckland

Explore Rotorua and the otherworldly Waitomo Caves on this 12-hour private tour from Auckland. With your dedicated guide, travel in a private vehicle to the Waitomo Caves. Walk through the impressive underground caverns, filled with unusual rock formations. Take a boat trip through the Glowworm Grotto to see the tiny, phosphorescent creatures light up around you. Continue to Te Puia, a traditional Maori village, and Te Whakarewarewa, a geothermal valley filled with mud pools and geysers. Enjoy personal attention from your guide and the ability to modify your itinerary on this private tour. Light refreshments and round-trip transportation from Auckland are included.
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Rotorua and Waitomo Caves Day Trip from Auckland

Take in two of New Zealand’s top attractions in one day on this Rotorua and Waitomo Caves day trip from Auckland. Visit Rotorua with a guide and take in key sites including Te Puia and the Maori Arts and Crafts Institute. After lunch, admire fine views over Lake Rotorua on route to the famous Waitomo Caves. During your boat ride, gain insight into the caves’ geological significance and marvel at the luminescent glow worms illuminating the dark caves. Upgrade to include the Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland to your small-group tour.
  • Duration: 13 hours
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Te Puia Maori Cultural Tour and Steambox Lunch

Gain insight into traditional Maori customs on a guided tour of the New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute at Te Puia, followed by a steam box lunch prepared the traditional way: cooked over steam vents at the Te Whakarewarewa Geothermal Valley. Walk past Pohutu Geyser, see a flax-weaving demonstration, and spot the national bird in the nocturnal Kiwi House. This small-group tour near Rotorua is limited to a maximum of 15 people for a personalized experience.
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  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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Rotorua Exclusive Luxury Day Tour from Auckland

In this exclusive luxury tour you will visit the heartland of Maori culture, Rotorua sits at the centre of one of the Pacific's most active thermal regions, and is surrounded by some magnificent examples of boiling mud pools, spouting geysers, steaming fumuroles, and giant water filled craters. There is much to entertain, mountain biking, fishing, hunting, golf, spa baths, lake & river activities and scenic flights to name a few.
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Tauranga Shore Excursion: Rotorua Sightseeing Tour Including Tauranga and Mt. Maunganui

Easily explore the area outside the Port of Tauranga during this guided tour that includes port pickup and drop-off. First visit a New Zealand kiwi orchard, and get the chance to taste the native fruit yourself. Catch sight of natural wonders such as Okere Falls, Blue Lake, and Whakarewarewa Forest before going to taste New Zealand honey at a local farm (time permitting).
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  • Duration: 6 hours 30 minutes
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Shore Excursion: Geothermal Rotorua with Maori Cultural Performance at Whakarewarewa

When your cruise ship docks in Tauranga, head out for a 7-hour tour of Mt Maunganui and Rotorua. In Rotorua, learn about Maori culture, and see geothermal hot pools and the Pohutu Geyser at Whakarewarewa – The Living Maori Village. Sample New Zealand specialties such as manuka honey and kiwi fruit, and spend time checking out highlights including Lake Rotorua and Government Gardens.
  • Duration: 7 hours
  • Duration: 7 hours
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1.5-Hour Rotorua Highlights Tour

Lying to the south east of Auckland, Rotorua is a land of geothermal pools, steaming geysers, and ancient Maori history. With this tour, explore Rotorua and take in the top attractions with ease. Hop into your vehicle and spin to sites of interest such as Government Gardens, Kuirau Park, Ohinemutu, the Polynesian Spa, and the Redwoods Forest. Stop along the way to capture the sites on camera, and listen as your guide sheds light on the region’s geothermal activities and Maori traditions.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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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 cultural performance of Maori song and dance, including the warlike ‘haka.’ Showtimes are available several times a day during admittance.
  • Duration: 7 hours
  • Duration: 7 hours
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3-Day Waitomo Caves, Rotorua and Taupo Trip from Auckland

Discover the North Island on a 3-day guided coach tour, traveling round-trip from Auckland. Experience the magical luminescence of thousands of glowworms during an underground boat ride at Waitomo Glowworm Caves. In Rotorua, visit the Agrodome and experience geothermal wonders like Pohutu Geyser at Te Puia, then learn about Maori traditions with a cultural performance. Enjoy sightseeing at the picturesque lakeside setting of Taupo including its top attraction: Huka Falls. Two nights’ accommodation with hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
  • Duration: 3 days
  • Duration: 3 days
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Private Full-Day Rotorua Tour from Auckland

Immerse yourself in Māori culture, history, and tradition during this full-day private tour to Rotorua from Auckland. Get a traditional Māori welcome followed by a cultural show at Te Puia, then continue to the Kiwi House to get a good look at New Zealand's national bird. Follow your dedicated guide through the Pikirangi Māori Village to see how the indigenous people of New Zealand lived before the European settlers arrived. Explore the mud pools and geysers in the Te Whakarewarewa geothermal valley and spend time in the Rotorua government center. Round-trip transportation from Auckland is included; all entrance fees are at your own expense.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Tauranga Shore Excursion: Rotorua Geothermal Valley Geyser Tour and Kiwi Fruit Orchard

Once your cruise ship docks in Tauranga, get the most out of your time in port with this combo trip to the Geothermal Valley and a local kiwi fruit orchard. With a guide teaching you about the geology and history, explore the geysers, hot pools, and steam vents in the valley, then head to the kiwi orchards to learn about New Zealand's most famous export. Tastings of jams, juices, and different kiwi varieties included.
  • Duration: 6 hours
  • Duration: 6 hours
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Hobbiton & Rotorua incl Te Puia Small Group Tour from Auckland (Return Trip)

Maximize your time in New Zealand with a full-day combo tour to two of the North Island's top attractions: the Hobbiton Movie Set and Te Puia Geothermal Park. Depart from Auckland for a scenic drive to the Hobbiton Movie Set where you get guaranteed admission and a guided tour of the famous Lord of The Rings site. Then take in the geothermal activity and Maori culture of Te Puia Geothermal Park in Rotorua.
  • Duration: 13 hours
  • Duration: 13 hours
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Rotorua Day Trip from Tauranga

Head inland for the day without the hassle of organizing tickets and rental cars on this Rotorua day trip departing from the Port of Tauranga. Visit a number of Rotorua highlights between your departure and return, including the Te Puia Māori Arts and Crafts Institute. Explore Te Puia’s bubbling geothermal valley, see the explosive Pōhutu Geyser, and experience a kapa haka cultural performance performed by local Māori.
  • Duration: 7 hours
  • Duration: 7 hours
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Rotorua including (Te Puia) Tour from Auckland in Small Groups

Combine the top sights of Rotorua and Te Puia in a single comprehensive day tour from Auckland. Traveling with a guide and following a carefully curated itinerary means you won't miss any of the important sights. Visit the Maori cultural landmarks and geothermal spots of Te Puia, as well as the city sights in Rotorua, accompanied by insightful guided commentary. Round-trip transportation from Auckland means you can focus on the scenery and the experience instead of driving and directions.
  • Duration: 12 hours
  • Duration: 12 hours
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