For over 45 years, we have welcomed visitors to our place, to hear our stories, to enjoy our unique culture and to experience first hand the wonders of Mâori arts and crafts. Te Puia is home to the internationally renowned Pohutu geyser, the National carving and weaving schools and the world famous Whakarewarewa guides.
This geothermal valley is a special place, home to Te Arawa people for generations. The environment alone is of enormous geological significance, with thermal activity ranging from boiling mud to the world-famous 30-metre (100-foot) Pohutu geyser, erupting up to 20 times each day. Hot springs, boiling sulphurous pools, silica terraces and bubbling mud pools are among the natural wonders.
The valley is home to many species of native plants and animals. You can take a guided tour of the New Zealand native bush or you can guide yourself around. Our guides will point out all the native species and describe the many uses Mâori find for the natural resources around them.
Our Kiwi Conservation Centre is a valuable part of a national breeding programme. Here you can see our national bird and symbol in a specially lit house, with expert guides and information at hand.