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“OK - geyser and tour good, Maori entertainment very average”
Review of Te Puia

Te Puia
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Te Puia Maori Arts and Crafts Institute with Optional Cultural Performance
Ranked #6 of 112 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.
Brisbane, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“OK - geyser and tour good, Maori entertainment very average”
Reviewed 4 April 2012

We did the combo tour of a guided walk at 4.30pm, then the Maori greeting, dancing and hangi in the evening. I was going to go for 3 stars but the geyser put it up to 4. The tour, conducted round the attractions (geysers, mud, weaving hut, carving school and kiwi enclosure) was given by Mel, who is a excellent guide and pleasure to spend 90 minutes with, and we did gain some insight into Maori culture. The geysers, bubbling mud and hot steps are great, and definitely worth seeing by themselves on a general admission ticket without doing any of the other stuff (if you're pushed for time in Rotorua just do this). The evening entertainment was polished but very touristy and not really my cup of tea. The hangi feast after is nice food but like eating in a canteen and your experience will entirely depend on how entertaining the other folk at your table are. Things pick up after dinner when you get a wee train down to see the geyser again at night and sit on the hot steps. This is a nice end to the evening. I did like the fact that the staff we interacted with are local and related, and clearly have a love for the place. So in summary, go for the geyser, if you have the time and money do the other stuff but you won't be blown away, or come out with a detailed knowledge of Maori culture.

Visited March 2012
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philadelphia
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33 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Huge Guyser, bubbling sulfer pools, great guide, really fun!”
Reviewed 4 April 2012

This was well worth the cost. We had a very personable guide, saw weaving, carving, and kiwi birds in a quiet dark setting. All capped by a huge , which built up in spurts for about 30 minutes, then sent a gigantic spray up that seemed to go on forever.

Visited February 2012
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Scheemda, The Netherlands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
“not worth the money”
Reviewed 3 April 2012

we liked the geothermic part of the village but it was not super special. The maori show we visited was very simple and we were disapointed that the Maori had no tatoo's on their face... not even at their body

Visited March 2012
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Scheemda, The Netherlands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
“not worth the money”
Reviewed 3 April 2012

we think this village is not worth the money. There is a nice geothermic part but all the other things are poor. W e visited a maorishow wich was very simple, and we were very disappointed that the maori haven't got tatoo's on the face

Visited March 2012
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Colorado, USA
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“Great Maori Experience”
Reviewed 2 April 2012

Really enjoyed the dancing and Hangi dining experience. The geyser viewing after dinner was amazing!

Visited March 2012
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