Feel the warm welcome of Maori guides from the moment you walk into Te Puia past the twelve monumental carvings – Te Heketanga a Rangi reaching skywards.
In a tour, hear your guides proudly recount stories handed down from their ancestors, see the iconic New Zealand Kiwi, explore the geothermal reserve where mud bubbles and the star of the Whakarewarewa Valley, the Pohutu Geyser explodes 30 metres high into the air. You’ll also get to see the New Zealand National Carving and Weaving Schools where you can watch carvers and weavers carry out the traditions of their Maori ancestors.
Afterwards see a cultural performance which is an easy and exciting introduction to Maori culture. Gather outside the main entrance to the Marae (meeting place). A traditional karanga (welcome) marks the start of 45 minutes of song and dance inside the meeting house. Here, surrounded by the beautiful wooden carvings of ancestors, visitors are treated to harmonies, the seductive poi dance, the ferocious haka (war challenge), and the complex tititorea (stick games).
- Te Puia guided tours run on the hour every hour from 9am-5pm (last tour in winter commences at 4pm).
- Te Puia is open from 8am until 5pm in the Winter and 8am until 6pm in the Summer.
- Cultural Show Times: 10.15 am, 12.15 pm, 3.15pm daily.