Te Puia Maori Cultural Tour and Steambox Lunch

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Te Puia Maori Cultural Tour and Steambox Lunch
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“How would you like that cooked?” will never sound the same after lunch in Te Whakarewarewa Geothermal Valley. Enjoy a meal cooked over steam vents, an ancient Maori technique that is still used today. As your lunch is being prepared, enjoy a 2.5-hour guided tour of Te Puia, the New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute, to gain insight into the traditional Maori lifestyle. Try your hand at weaving with flax and admire traditional carvings, then adjust your eyes in the Kiwi House to spot the nocturnal birds. End your trip in the geothermal valley to see hot mud pools and geysers over lunch!
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In Brief

Location:
Rotorua, New Zealand
Country:
New Zealand
Duration:
2 hours 30 minutes
Operates:
Daily
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Stop At: New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute, Hemo Rd, Rotorua New Zealand

Te Puia houses the New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute, established in the 1920s to foster all aspects of Māori culture. At Te Puia, national schools of carving, weaving and other traditional arts train talented students from around New Zealand under the guidance of master craftspersons.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Te Puia, Hemo Road, Rotorua New Zealand

Discover the distinctive flavours and unique preparation of our traditionally cooked Māori hangi.
The Te Rā + Kai Ngāwhā Tour includes an extended tour of Te Puia, an interactive weaving experience, plus a traditionally cooked steambox lunch to enjoy in front of Pōhutu Geyser.
In an authentic Hangi make your choice from a selection of raw foods including: chicken, corn, kumara, pumpkin, potato, cabbage, watercress, and gourmet bread stuffing. Once you have placed your favourite delicacies inside the hangi basket, you are ready to head to Ngā Whā Puapua, the constantly active steam vent opening used to cook your kai (food) the authentic way.
Following your guided tour and hands-on weaving experience, you will return to Pohutu Geyser to enjoy your lunchtime feast in front of the southern hemisphere’s largest active geyser.

Duration: 2 hours

Sample Menu

• Steambox lunch - Kai Ngāwha - Hangi (ground cooked) chicken, corn, kumara, pumpkin, potato, cabbage, watercress and gourmet bread stuffing

Inclusions

  • Professional guide
  • Steambox lunch
  • Bottle of water (with lunch)
  • Flax weaving workshop
  • Entry/Admission - New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute
  • Entry/Admission - Te Puia

Exclusions

  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Time

11:00 AM

Departure Point

Te Puia, Hemo Road, Tihiotonga, Rotorua 3040, New Zealand

Returns To

Returns to original departure point

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Please wear comfortable clothing and walking shoes
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers

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 4.78 out of 5 based on the last 9 recent reviews

This is definitely a tour not to miss. The tour guides are very knowledgeable and welcoming. We enjoyed the novelty of choosing our food to be cooked in the steam box and eating it whilst overlooking the geysers. We learned a lot about the history and traditions of New Zealand.
• Submitted 08 Jan 2018
A definite place to visit when you visit this shows how people have been cooking for thousands of years and can do so in the future
• Submitted 08 Oct 2017
Actually i don't expect so good! the steam lunch box is highly recommended to try! Taste amazing!
• Submitted 22 Nov 2016
A brilliant tour very informative and an interesting and excellent steambox lunch!
• Submitted 24 Feb 2016
Very interesting tour, tasty food. Gift shop also well worth a look. I allowed myself more time at Te Puia to do the hike around the outside and I was glad I had.
• Submitted 11 Nov 2015
They dont get much better! We arrived late due to delays in our hire car and the Puia Maori centre couldn't have been more helpful. The centre is amazing with loads to see and do and the guides were delightful. The steam box lunch was 'unusual' but good fun and we were made to feel very special as it was only available to a limited number of guests. One not to be missed!
• Submitted 03 Apr 2015
When I went up to the booth at the entrance to Te Puia Maori arts and Crafts Institute, I was thinking that I was going to have to do some explaining... I said, "I have a small group..." and immediately Carla spoke up and said "And I will be showing your around today". And she proceeded to come out introduce heresulf, ask the names of each of the eight of us, and describe the time we would be spending together. She was charming, knowledgeable, proud of her culture, and eager to share it with us. The steambox lunch was excellent...and the hands on lessons, up close look at carving, and her ability to weave in her family history were excellent. We had dubbed ourselves the "Kiwi Wannabes"...and the welcome of Carla to Te Puia is one of the reasons we enjoyed the Kiwi and Maori experience so much. have to say also that we ventured into questions of discrimination, earning a living in New Zealand and more...and carla had the thoughtful and incisive answers we sought. Make this a "must" as you visit Rotorua... Tom R.
• Submitted 10 Mar 2014
Interesting
• Submitted 04 Jul 2017
Great experience and very educational.
• Submitted 03 Sep 2014

In Brief

Location:
Rotorua, New Zealand
Country:
New Zealand
Duration:
2 hours 30 minutes
Operates:
Daily

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