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Te Puia

Te Puia spans 70 hectares within the historic Te Whakarewarewa Geothermal Valley, on the edge of Rotorua. It's home to the world famous Pohutu geyser, mud pools, hot springs and silica formations. You will also find the native Kiwi bird and the national schools of wood carving, weaving, stone and bone carving. Te Puia has shared these taonga (treasures) with manuhiri (visitors) for over 170 years and intends to proudly continue that tradition.

Geo Thermal Activity

You will encounter bubbling mud, pools of boiling water still used for cooking, and stunning geysers. The Pohutu geyser is the star of the show, Pohutu (‘poor-hoo-too’) is the largest active geyser in the southern hemisphere. She erupts once or twice every hour and sometimes reaches heights of 30 metres (100 feet). P?hutu means ‘constant splashing’ in Maori.

Maori Arts & Crafts

Te Puia houses the New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute, established in the 1920s to foster all aspects of M?ori culture. At Te Puia, national schools of carving, weaving and other traditional arts train talented students from around New Zealand under the guidance of master craftspersons.

Maori Architecture

Maori architecture tells a story and displays an artistry. The Rotowhio marae is a stunning example of traditional Maori architecture, while Heketanga-a-Rangi is an exciting contemporary structure. See the site of the ancient Te Puia pa (fortified village) and, at Pikirangi village, find out how the Maori lived hundreds of years ago.

The Kiwi Bird

The kiwi is a nocturnal flightless bird and New Zealand’s national icon. At Te Puia you can see live kiwi close up in a special darkened enclosure and learn how they protect these extraordinary endangered birds.

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