Maori Arts and Crafts Institute (Te Puia) Tours

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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).

In addition to preserving to the Maori culture through performances and demonstrations, Te Puia also preserves New Zealand national culture with the Kiwi House. As its name implies, the Kiwi House is dedicated to helping the little flightless birds in their fight against extinction.

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Address: Hemo Road, Rotorua, Rotorua, New Zealand
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Hours: Open daily. Summer: 8am – 6pm (until 5pm in Winter)
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Admission: Adults: NZ$40 - NZ$130, Children (5-15yrs): NZ$20 - NZ$65
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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.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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Discover Rotorua Morning City Tour

On this 5-hour Rotorua city tour, you’ll stroll alongside Pohutu Geyser and boiling mud pools at the Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve. See Rotorua’s key attractions, including the Maori Arts and Crafts Institute and Rainbow Springs nature park. At the Agrodome Sheep Show, you’re treated to demonstrations at an authentic New Zealand farm. Book an optional lunch, and upgrade to include a Skyline Rotorua Gondola ride or a tour of the Hobbiton Movie Set featured in ‘The Lord of the Rings’ and ‘The Hobbit’ trilogies.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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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 45-minute cultural performance of Maori song and dance, including the warlike ‘haka.’ Showtimes are available several times a day during admittance.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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Te Puia Maori Cultural Tour and Steambox Lunch

Gain insight into traditional Maori customs with a 2.5-hour guided tour of the New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute at Te Puia, followed by a steambox 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.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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