Te Puia is known as New Zealand’s premier Maori Cultural and Geothermal Centre. The area has long been an important part of Rotorua's heritage and a visit will provide a unique insight to the art,craft, music, food and ways of the local Maori people.
This is New Zealand's best known thermal area with more than 500 springs in the thermal reserve varying from cold to boiling cauldrons. The famous Pohutu Geyser bursts into life up to 20 times each day, shooting hot water up to 30 meters (90 feet) skyward. Also on display throughout the valley are steaming mud pools, each holding significance to the local Maori people.
- Maori guides share their heritage and values that have been handed down through the generations. Visitors are transported back to pre-European times as they walk through the recreation of a typical Maori village. Sleeping houses, food storage houses, weapons and implements necessary to pre-European life are displayed within the forest setting.
- The Kiwi House: The Kiwi bird has been at home in New Zealand for over 70 million years. Te Puia is fortunate to have these native New Zealand icons available for visitors to view in the specially designed Kiwi house. Te Puia also partakes in a national breeding programme.