Te Puia Daytime Experience
Te Puia Daytime Experience tours run hourly from 9am-5pm in summer (9am-4pm in winter). Our tradition of guiding at Te Puia is something that we pride ourselves on. Many of the guides you meet can link themselves to Rotorua’s earliest guides and the stories they relay have been handed down for generations.
Te Heketanga ā Rangi (heavenly origins) - Your tour 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.
Kiwi House - See our New Zealand flightless bird in a specially lit kiwi house with kiwi specialist guides at hand.
Te Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley - Explore our unique geothermal reserve with thermal activity ranging from boiling mud pools to the world famous 30 metre (100 foot) Pohutu geyser, which erupts up to 20 times a day.
Carving and Weaving Schools - Te Puia is home to the New Zealand National Carving and Weaving Schools. Te Wānanga Whakairo Rākau is where the prestigious art of carving is taught by Master Carvers. Te Rito, our weaving school, trains students in the art and skills of weaving. Watch the carvers and weavers as they carry out the traditions of their Māori ancestors.
Taonga Gallery and Gift Shop - Take home something unique and special from Te Puia. See a wide range of wood carvings, greenstone (New Zealand jade) carvings, woven items and other authentic Māori treasures (taonga).