Te Puia, Hemo Rd PO Box 334
Rotorua 3040, New Zealand.
+64 7 348 9047   info@tepuia.com

Operating Hours:
8am – 5pm Winter (April - September)
9am – 6pm Summer (September – April)

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Whānau means family
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Whānau means family

Since our ancestors migrated here from Polynesia, people have played a central role in our culture. When someone visits, you are expected to show hospitality and respect. At Te Puia, it’s part of our culture to welcome, guide, feed and entertain you, and treat you like part of the family.

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Te Arawa

Te Arawa (‘Teh–a–rah–wah’) are the local tribe of this area. After migrating from Polynesia on an ocean-going canoe around 700 years ago, they explored New Zealand’s volcanic plateau and harnessed the abundant geothermal resources they found in the area.

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A pōwhiri (‘poor-fee-dee’) is a traditional Māori welcoming ceremony. It was originally used to challenge a visiting party and find out their intentions. Though the pōwhiri has a basic structure, there are variations, depending on the occasion. A pōwhiri usually involves a wero (challenge) from a warrior and a karanga (welcome call) from a female host. This is followed by whaikōrero (welcome speeches. Following the speeches, waiata (songs) are often sung and then visitors hongi – press noses together in a traditional Māori greeting.

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Cultural Performances

At Te Puia our concerts and cultural performances will not just move and entertain you, but enable you to ‘get inside’ our fascinating culture. Surrounded by the beautiful carvings of our ancestors, you will experience entertaining stories told through song and dance, with plenty of surprises thrown in.