Te Puia Tour

A place to learn the many aspects of Maori culture as well as to enjoy the geothermal activity that Rotorua is famous for. Te Puia’s thermal area has gushing waters, steaming vents, boiling mud pools and spectacular geysers.

Tour Duration

Tour duration 5 to 6 hours.

Tour Price

Join one of our group tours below or book a Group/Private Charter tour where you have a driver and vehicle for the day at an hourly rate of NZ$180.00 per hour. We have a maximum of eleven people per vehicle. Your Tour Guide/Driver Geoff has extensive knowledge and experience of New Zealand

  • NZ$ 230 per Adult Pre-booked
  • NZ$ 190 per Child Pre-booked (under 14 years)

Tour departure points

Pickups can be arranged from cruise ships at the Port of Tauranga, Tauranga airport or your Tauranga or Mount Maunganui accommodation.

Te Puia Tour Itinerary

You will join Scott Tours from your cruise ship for a journey to Rotorua, one of New Zealand’s most interesting destinations.

En route, while we travel to Rotorua, passing through farmland, bush, pine forest and beautiful lakes, you will have the opportunity to learn about our important industries.

Time permitting, we will also stop at other attractions on the way to Rotorua or on the way back. Iconic sights of Rotorua city; the government gardens, the historic bath house and a lakefront drive.

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Then it is time to spend some time at this Rotorua tour’s key attraction, Te Puia…

Te Puia

On arrival at Te Puia you will be allocated a guide for your tour. On the agenda of the Te Puia tour is a Maori carving and weaving school where you may see master carvers and weavers and their students at work. Visitors can also wander through a marae, the centre of Maori tribal society, to get a feel for everyday Māori life, past and present. This operational marae is also where you will experience traditional Maori songs and dances.

Something else to learn about during your Te Puia tour is the New Zealand Kiwi bird. These nocturnal creatures are housed in a special area for visitors to get up close to one of New Zealand’s most famous icons.

Last but not least is the geothermal valley named Te Whakarewarewa. Shrouded in mist from the geyser activity, Te Whakarewarewa’s moon-like landscape is home to bubbling mud and boiling water streams and pools. The valley has over 500 pools and 65 geyser vents, and the famous Pohutu geyser, which erupts up to 30 metres high.

Te Puia Tour Gallery