New Zealand’s Premier Maori Cultural Center
Te Puia is a place of steaming vents, boiling mud pools, hot springs, boiling sulphurous pools and spectacular geysers.
Our Maori tradition lives on at Te Whakawerawera with our guided tours, Maori culture and National Carving and Weaving Schools of New Zealand. At Te Puia our guides are the descendants of the original people who settled this valley and they proudly recount stories handed down to them from their ancestors.
Incorporating the magnificence of the geothermal landscape and the unique experience of a traditional Maori village, Whakarewarewa is home of the largest geyser in New Zealand. Every day an awe-inspiring drama unfolds as geysers erupt, mud pools bubble, steam hisses and warm water rains down. Over 500 pools and 65 geyser vents, each with their own name, are found in the valley. Many magnificent geysers – of which the most famous is Pohutu, meaning big splash or explosion – are active in the valley. Pohutu can erupt up to 30 metres high, depending on her mood, usually every 4 out of 5 days. The reserve is divided into two areas. Te Puia is an outlet for the New Zealand Maori Arts & Crafts Institute, and has regular Maori cultural performances and a kiwi house with New Zealand’s national bird. The Thermal Village also has a replica Maori village from pre-European times where visitors are shown how the Maori harnessed the power of the geothermal activity for cooking.