New Zealand

Te Puia - Maori Culture


Te Puia is the premier Maori cultural centre in New Zealand - a place of gushing waters, steaming vents, boiling mud pools and spectacular geysers. Our Maori tradition lives on at Te Whakarewarewa, with our guided tours and attractions, our Maori culture, and our National Carving and Weaving Schools of New Zealand.

Te Ra (Day Pass) Admission - Guided Tour 90mins

  • Daily 9am-5pm hourly (9am-4pm in winter)
  • Te Heketanga a Rangi (heavenly origins) - Your tour begins at the main entrance, where twelve monumental carvings reach skywards, representing twelve celestial guardians. Discover stories of our ancestors' arrival and settlement in Rotorua at our world class exhibition gallery at Te Puia.
  • Kiwi House- See our New Zealand flightless bird in a specially lit kiwi house with kiwi specialist guides at hand.
  • Te Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley- Explore our unique geothermal reserve with thermal activity ranging from boiling mud pools to the world famous 30 metre (100 foot) Pohutu geyser, which erupts up to 20 times a day.

Haka (Cultural Performance)

  • Daily at 10.15am, 12.15pm and 3.15pm

The performance includes:

  • Powhiri (ceremonial welcome)
  • Hongi (ceremonial greeting)
  • Kapa haka (cultural performance)
  • Titi torea (stick game)
  • Haka (challenge)
  • Waiata-a-ringa (action song)

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