Skip the Line:Te Puia Maori Arts & Crafts Institute w/Optional Cultural Show

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Skip the Line:Te Puia Maori Arts & Crafts Institute w/Optional Cultural Show
from £33.98
Experience the culture and history of Te Puia, the New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute. Set in a stunning geothermal location with steaming vents, boiling mud pools and spectacular geysers, Te Puia celebrates New Zealand’s Maori traditions. See a native kiwi bird, watch world-famous Pohutu Geyser vent plumes of steam and see the traditional skills of woodcarving and weaving. Upgrade to include the Te Puia cultural performance to watch the warlike haka dance and skilful stick game, and see Maori legends come to life in traditional dance and song.
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In Brief

Rotorua, New Zealand
New Zealand
7 hours
Important InfoInfo
Your Te Puia experience begins at the main entrance, where twelve monumental carvings reach skywards, representing twelve celestial guardians. Discover stories of our ancestors' arrival and settlement in Rotorua, and learn about our Māori culture.

The cultural tours are led by knowledgeable Maori guides. You'll hear the stories and legends that have been handed down over the generations and your guide will provide fascinating insights into New Zealand’s Maori culture.

See a kiwi bird, New Zealand's emblem, in a specially lit kiwi house staffed by animal experts who can tell you more about this unusual flightless bird.

Explore the Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley and witness the Rotorua region’s astounding thermal activity, including the eruption of the 100-foot (30-meter) Pohutu Geyser, which bursts into life up to 20 times a day.

Your guided tour also reveals the history and practice of traditional Maori crafts on a visit to the New Zealand National Carving and Weaving schools. Watch as master carvers share the prestigious art of woodcarving and students are trained in the intricate skills of weaving flax.

To enhance your Maori experience, upgrade to include a 45-minute cultural performance at Te Puia and witness the Maori traditions of hospitality and dance first-hand.

Your cultural performance begins with the ceremonial welcome performed for visitors to the Maori meeting place (marae), including the nose-to-nose greeting known as the hongi. Learn the stories behind this famous ceremony, representing the joining of two life forces to create an atmosphere of unity.

Watch the spectacle of the warlike haka dance, with weaponry displays, action songs and ritual movements including the dancers’ bulging eyes and pointed tongues. See how the more feminine poi dance contrasts with the haka, featuring the twirling of tethered balls and graceful dance movements.

Warrior skills of agility and hand-eye coordination are displayed during the titi torea stick game, as performers pass batons to the rhythm of traditional songs.

More stories and legends are told in dance during the graceful waiata-a-ringa action song, accompanied by the signature Maori hand and body movements. It's easy to see how songs and games such as these were used as a way of training future warriors in agility and coordination.

To complete your visit to Te Puia, browse woodcarvings, New Zealand jade (greenstone), weavings and other signature Maori crafts in the gallery and gift shop for the ultimate New Zealand souvenir.


  • Professional guide
  • Cultural performance (if option selected)
  • Entry/Admission - New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute
  • Entry/Admission - Te Puia


  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities

Departure Time

Opening Hours: 8am to 5pm daily
Cultural Performance: 10:15am, 12:15pm, 3:15pm daily

Departure Point

Te Puia, Rotorua

Returns To

Returns to original departure point

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

Booking Terms and Conditions

When you book this trip, you need to read and accept the terms and conditions for booking our day trips in excursions.

Scoring an average traveller rating of 4.31 out of 5 based on the last 13 recent reviews

Learned so much about the culture and the country. Beautiful experience
• Submitted 08 Mar 2017
Excellent tour with Maori culture and history. Enjoyed the cultural show. Geysers and mudpools were also very interesting.
• Submitted 23 Jan 2017
Thoroughly enjoyed this very professional show and the Geyser performed for us so a great day was hadby us and our overseas visitors.
• Submitted 12 Jan 2017
An absolute must, very beautiful walk around the mud pools and geysers, very good performers
• Submitted 08 Oct 2016
The Maori presentation was so interesting. We loved the songs performed and we were excited to see the Haka and the poi ball dance. Our guide was very knowledgeable and friendly - we were able to see the geyser, the hot mud pools, the weaving school, the carving school and the kiwi birds. Such a fascinating area!
• Submitted 10 Mar 2016
I don't think you can go to New Zealand without seeing Rotorua. And Rotorua did not disappoint, particularly the cultural performance which was outstanding. A definite tour for all visitors
• Submitted 21 Dec 2015
What an amazing place. The guided tour was fantastic and very informative - a pity the kiwi was asleep!! The Maori Cultural Experience is a must. Excellent introduction to the Maori culture and the stick passing was captivating.
• Submitted 14 Oct 2015
Tour guide Louise was awesome. The van ride was bit of a challenge due to it being 4 hours going and returning. The in-between was an experience everyone should do. I enjoyed hearing about the Maori culture and seeing the haka dance. The hot springs were wonderful and seeing an actual geyser erupt. The hot mud pools were a sight to see. I will never forget the smell of sulfur everywhere. I enjoyed visiting the Maori craft institute and shopping at the Te Puia store.
• Submitted 24 Sep 2019
We loved the Cultural performance in particular. make sure you do the Combo, not just a visit to the mud pools and geysers which are also interesting. We also got a good look at the kiwi.
• Submitted 15 Jan 2017
We enjoyed walking around and seeing the thermal pools and watching the geyser. We didn't do the Cultural Performance because we were going to another one that evening. What wasn't clear from the booking information was that this is a voucher which you can use at any point during the day while Te Puia is open for general admittance. Without the performance, it was a couple of hours walking around and a gift shop.
• Submitted 03 Nov 2015
A joint trip to Taupo , Huka Falls and Rotorua is what I would highly recommend It is a first rate Nature Experience Maori culture experience is at its best at Auckland Museum
• Submitted 09 Mar 2015
The park was a bit Disney like with the geysers and mud pools fenced in and paved walkways. We did the free 1 tour that includes the carving and weaving schools which was worth doing. The show was enjoyable but maybe 300 people in the room. Get seats on the end of the row or at the front to take good pictures.
• Submitted 13 Dec 2016
My worst day in New Zealand. I felt as the place was a rip-off. I went to a cultural performance before and here in Te Puia I didn't feel the energy. The whole place was overcrowded. Te Puia isn't authentic and the history was missing. Interesting were the woodcarving and weaving demonstration, the guided walk and the geothermal valley. I am sure there are better Maori cultural experiences around Rotorua.
• Submitted 25 Feb 2017

In Brief

Rotorua, New Zealand
New Zealand
7 hours

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