Quick Facts

  • Te Whakarewarewa Valley spans 60 hectares and is home to more than 500 geothermal phenomenon.
  • There are 60 - 90 minute optional guided tours leaving on the hour, every hour.
  • Te Puia meaning gushing waters and steaming vents.
  • The heritage of guiding in Te Whakarewarewa Geothermal Valley traces back 140 years, while the Te Arawa tribe have been living in the area for the past 700 years; take in the history, as guides share stories passed down from their ancestors.
  • The World-Famous Pohutu Geyser
    • Ranked amongst Lonely Planet’s top five geysers in the world.
    • Erupts up to a height of 30m, 20 times a day.
    • Eruptions last from a few minutes to several days. One of the most photographed attractions in Rotorua and New Zealand
  • Kiwi House
    • Established in 1999 as the site of a successful breeding programme.
    • Home to North Island Brown Kiwi, Nohi and two new chicks, Sketch and Marama.
    • As kaitiaki, Te Puia’s role is to provide a safe natural place, nurturing gently from afar.
  • Pikirangi Village
    • A rare glimpse of a pre-European Māori society.
    • The pā is in the process of being restored in the traditional way and you can watch as our people handcraft traditional Māori whare (houses).
  • Under legislation established in 1963, Te Puia | NZMACI's responsibility lies in geothermal environment sustainability, as well as protection and perpetuation of Māori culture, traditions, arts and crafts.
  • Te Aronui a rua Marae (main meeting house) was built by student and graduates of Te Puia | NZMACI carving school between 1967 and 1981.
  • Te Puia has three active geysers; Pohutu, Te Tohu and there are three dormant geysers in the valley; although one called Puapua is slowly becoming active once more.



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