Ranked #13 of 38 attractions in Rotorua
Category: Educational Sites
Since the beginning of time, the Whakarewarewa valley, with its gushing waters and steaming vents, has been a place of...
Since the beginning of time, the Whakarewarewa valley, with its gushing waters and steaming vents, has been a place of powerful energies and natural beauty. People have been living here for almost 700 years, nourished by those energies.Te Puia takes its origin from that heritage. The vitality of the bursting springs and effervescent waters continues to shape our people and our culture. We benefit from the legacy of the generations who have gone before – their knowledge and their history handed down through their stories and their arts.Skilful artisans continue to train in the traditional arts and crafts of carving and weaving while expert performances of traditional and contemporary dancing feature daily. Our tradition of guiding at Te Puia is something that we pride ourselves on. Our guided tours reflect that legacy, which we strive to live up to. Many of the guides you meet can link themselves to Rotorua’s earliest hosts. The stories they relay in many cases have been told for generations, handed down through their individual families.The geothermal valley of Whakarewarewa is just a heartbeat away and home to the world famous Pohutu Geyser, silica terraces, bubbling mud pools, crystal hot mineral pools and unique flora and fauna. Te Pō is Te Puia’s evening cultural experience. It is a feast of cultural storytelling, entertainment and Māori cuisine.Be welcomed with a traditional powhiri and be entertained by our cultural performers. Enjoy Maori inspired cuisine, with food from our traditional Hangi.When the evening ends we take you to view Pohutu, our famous geyser, under the stars.