Kura = Learning environment
Kaitiaki = Guardian
Nau mai, haere mai ... welcome to our very special classroom, coloured by the four seasons. Te Puia is a kaitiaki (guardian) for the arts, crafts and culture of Māori. When you visit Te Puia and share in our stories, you too become a guardian of our traditions.
For well over 120 years, tourists have visited this valley to listen to our stories and observe the natural wonders of Te Whakarewarewa Geothermal Valley. According to NASA, this is the place where the earth’s crust is at its thinnest. Consequently, the hot springs, boiling sulphurous pools, bubbling mud and the world famous Pohutu geyser are a point of curiosity to our schools that return annually.
At Te Puia, our education programmes have been developed for all age groups and are focused on achieving the learning outcomes of each group. Alongside the informative and interactive opportunities in our gallery, marae and schools, our complimentary Waka Express (bookings necessary) will transport your class through some of our beautiful walking tracks and on to our cooking pool, Ngāraratuatara. Another memorable attraction for school groups is our Kiwi House.
We welcome you to visit Te Puia either on a self-guided basis or with the support of our Te Puia staff. Te Puia’s Kura Kaitiaki Programmes will be an exciting and fun way to learn more about Māori heritage; a living legacy of our people, culture and place.
Te Puia offers a variety of education programmes tailored for local, national and international students which are fun, educational and interactive.
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