Te Puia

The Centre for New Zealand's Māori Culture and Geothermal Wonders.
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Geothermal / Ngāwhā

Incredible Earth Forces

You will encounter bubbling mud, pools of boiling water still used for cooking, and stunning geysers. The Pōhutu geyser is the star of the show.

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Kiwi / Nature

The kiwi is a nocturnal flightless bird and New Zealand’s national icon. At Te Puia you can see live kiwi close up in a special darkened enclosure and learn how we protect these extraordinary endangered birds.

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Architecture / Te Hoahoanga

Māori Architecture

Māori architecture tells our stories and displays our artistry. The Rotowhio marae is a stunning example of traditional Māori architecture, while Heketanga-ā-Rangi is an exciting contemporary structure. See the site of the ancient Te Puia pā (fortified village) and, at Pikirangi village, find out how we lived hundreds of years ago.

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People / Tangata Whenua

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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The New Zealand Māori Arts & Crafts Institute

Our Cultural Legacy

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.

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