Te Puia combines Rotorua’s two most iconic aspects: Maori culture and geothermal activity. The park offers daytime and nighttime experiences, but no matter which one you choose, you’ll still get to see the Pohutu Geyser — the Southern Hemisphere’s largest active geyser — and learn about Maori culture.
During the day, you’ll get to see New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute — established in 1926 to save traditional carving and weaving arts and help them thrive — a darkened kiwi house hosting New Zealand’s nocturnal national animal, and a model pre-European Maori village. Add-ons to the daytime experience include a traditional haka (war dance) performance and a box lunch made in the traditional hangi style.
The evening experience in full, which can be added to the daytime pass, includes a hangi dinner, a cultural performance, and a nighttime tour through the Whakarewarewa Valley.
All photos by Kristin, University of Queensland (AUS) (home university: Purdue University)
Location: Hemo Road, Tihiotonga, Rotorua 3040, New Zealand
Hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. daily (open until 6 p.m. September through April)
Cost: $105 for the daytime experience, $163 for the evening experience
Phone: +64 7 348 9047