About Us

Immerse yourself in traditional Māori culture, history and natural geothermal attractions at Te Puia | New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute (NZMACI) in Rotorua, whilst under the caring guidance of a culture famous for its manakitanga (hosting) philosophy.

Explore the wonders of the world famous Pohutu geyser shooting 30m into the air, boiling mud pools, native bush, kiwi, Māori cultural performances and the National Schools of Wood Carving and Weaving.

Te Puia’s history of guiding in Te Whakarewarewa Geothermal Valley means many of today's guides have direct links to Rotorua's earliest hosts, giving true insight and stories into this unique corner of the world.

NZMACI was established in 1963 by an Act of Parliament to maintain and preserve traditional Māori art forms. Under that legislation, Te Puia’s responsibility is about much more than the visitor experience, and includes the sustainability of the geothermal environment, and the protection and perpetuation of Māori culture, traditions, arts and crafts.

This unique coexisting framework of the tourism legacy of Te Puia and the cultural legacy of NZMACI, combined with the magical atmosphere of the geothermal valley, makes for a truly unforgettable experience, unlike anything else in the world.


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