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“Amazing cultural experience”
Review of Te Puia

Te Puia
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Te Puia Maori Arts and Crafts Institute with...
Ranked #16 of 118 things to do in Rotorua
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Te Puia spans 70 hectares within the historic Te Whakarewarewa Valley, on the edge of town. We are home to the world famous Pohutu geyser, to mud pools, hot springs, to silica formations to the Kiwi bird and the national schools of wood carving, weaving, stone and bone carving. We have shared these treasures with manuhiri (visitors) for 170 years and proudly continue that legacy today.
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My family took the evening tour last June and the noon+evening show this March (with the rest of the extended family). There were a lot of developments since we were last there and it's great to see and talk to the guides. Each one shares different personal stories and experiences.

Thank Marian L
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TePuia, Quality Assurance Coordinator at Te Puia, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Kia ora,

Yes, our guides here at Te Puia are of first class service with their knowledge of the land and its history being top notch. they add to the experience here at Te Puia.

Thank you for your review and we hope to see you pop though Te Puia again.

Ngā Mihi
Te Puia Whanau

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visited in mid February on tour of New Zealand unfortunately on a day it poured with rain! Part of visit is a guided walk round grounds to see the geothermal pools and geysers. Maybe as it was pouring down our guide seemed pretty uninterested and not a lot to see at pools through the rain and no sight of a geyser. The kiwi house crowded and really in and out walk around and did not see any live birds (probably not enough time for eyes to adjust to the dark). Watched some weaving with flax and talked to the locals,which was interesting. Enjoyed visit to the carving etc school where it was great txo see traditional skills being taught. Had a coffee before we left. I am sure that in the right weather would be worth a lot longer visit than we managed.

Thank Jodian
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TePuia, Quality Assurance Coordinator at Te Puia, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Kia ora

We appreciate and love reading Reviews like this! I just thought it would be good to highlight the fact that we are a not for profit organisation and all the funds go back into perpetuate and help cultivate Maori Culture so we would like to Thank you for your contribution ultimately it is you our Manuhiri (Guests) who keep establishment running, we wouldn't be where we are today without you so, once more thank you again.

We Truly thank you and hope that you visit us again some time.

Ngā Mihi
Te Puia Whanau

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Every day in New Zealand we have experienced something truly amazing and we say to each other that this has been the highlight of the trip. Today we visited Te Puia and saw Pohutu Geyser - this has been the highlight of the trip. It is amazing. We couldn’t tear ourselves away. The layout of the site is easy to get around and all the staff we encountered were very friendly. We even saw two kiwis in the kiwi enclosure. A very memorable visit.

Thank OurWeen
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TePuia, Quality Assurance Coordinator at Te Puia, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Tena koe,

We appreciate the review you have given us it seems like you ticked off all the highlights of what Rotorua has to offer which is what we are here for. So very happy that we could accommodate for those needs!

We here at Te Puia would like to wish you safe travels while on holiday and we hope to see you again sometime soon.

Ngā Mihi
Te Puia Whanau

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visited Te Puia as a part of a city tour of Rotorua. We had a guide who gave us a brief tour and explained the interactions of the Maoris and the settlers. It was eye opening to hear about his point of view in regards to how things were shaped over the years. From his point of view, the word Maori used to describe his people was demeaning.

The highlight is the visit was being able to see Pohutu geyser. We also were able to see the mud pools too.

If you are interested in learning about the Maori culture, I think spending at least half a day would be good. Ideally a whole day excursion would really allow you to really explore at a leisurely pace.

Thank badmaru
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TePuia, Quality Assurance Coordinator at Te Puia, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Kia ora,

Glad to hear you enjoyed our one stop shop where we entice all Rotorua’s top highlight’s and put them all on display in one spot for people to see, it’s good for people who don’t have long in Rotorua and want to see all the sites.
Thank you for the lovely review, its words like yours that help us keep focus and know that we are on the right track to where we want to go with Te Puia.

Ngā Mihi
Te Puia Whanau

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We did the evening Hungi and cultural event. I realize if you are 18 and backpacking you wont do this but if you can afford to then definitely do it. Firstly it was very interesting, well done , and FUN!! Secondly the all you can eat buffet was very professional, very lavish, very generous ( not for dieters!!) They even cook the pork seperate so Jewish and Muslim people can enjoy. This was amazing. I havent read the other reviews but I am sure that they all say the same. Pick up from the town for free.. just very professional, educational and enjoyable.. BEST PART- money goes to toward the art school there that trains Maori artists from all over the country- so you are also making a worthy donation

Thank AndyPerlow
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TePuia, Quality Assurance Coordinator at Te Puia, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Kia Ora,

We are glad to hear you enjoyed your visit to Te Puia with the Te Po combo experience. Our Te Po combo includes some really fascinating highlights of our Maori culture through our guided tours and our breath-taking cultural performance.

We would like to Thank you for your contribution ultimately it is you our Manuhiri (Guests) who keep establishment running, we wouldn't be where we are today without you so, once more thank you again.

We Truly thank you and hope that you visit us again some time.

Ngā Mihi
Te Puia Whanau


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