Te Puia Attractions
Attractions at Te Puia start at the gateway (waharoa), where you will walk through five portals to enter the sacred Māori place of Te Heketanga-a-Rangi (The Heavenly Origins).
Te Heketanga-a-Rangi comprises twelve monumental contemporary carvings reaching skywards, each representing a celestial guardian in Te Arawa culture.
Geothermal Valley - Te Whakarewarewa is our awe-inspiring ancient geothermal valley where geysers play, mud pools bubble and boiling waters steam. The valley has over 500 pools and 65 geyser vents.
Pohutu Geyser - meaning big splash, is our world famous active geyser which erupts up to 30 metres high.
Rotowhio Marae - This is where you will be welcomed with a traditional pōwhiri (welcoming ceremony) at the main gate of the marae, before entering the wharenui (sacred meeting house), Te Aronui a Rua.
Māori Cultural Performances - Experience the thrill of Māori songs and dances and the warmth and manaakitanga (hospitality) of the Māori performers.
National Carving School - Visit the national carving school and watch Master Carvers and their students at work.
National Weaving School - Watch the weaving school weavers and talk to them about their craft.
Pikirangi - Māori Village - explore the pre-European Village to get a feel for everyday Māori life in the past.
Kiwi House - Discover the nocturnal world of the New Zealand Kiwi in our specially lit Kiwi House.
Exhibition Gallery - The Ngā Waru Pūmanawa gallery showcases visiting short-term exhibitions.