The Te Puia Thermal Reserve can be found in New Zealand’s thermally active region of Rotorua. If you enjoy seeing and experiencing the thrill of bubbling mud, pressurized steam and shooting geysers then this is certainly one place that you need to visit on your next holiday in New Zealand’s North Island.
Te Puia Guided Tour:
One of the best ways to enjoy all that Te Puia thermal springs has to offer is to take advantage of the free guided tour that is included with your entry ticket. This way you not only get to see everything in the park, but you also get a local’s perspective on the Te Puia thermal park and the history and culture of the region and the maori people.
Check out the Maori men working in the school of carving. You may even be fortunate, as we were, to hear them singing some local Maori songs as they happily did their individual wood carvings.
The school of weaving displays a wide variety of items that the Maori women weave from local materials. It is interesting to see how they bring out the different colours and create so many useful and decorative items.
Depending on the ticket that you purchase you may also have access to see the live Maori Experience, which includes a show along with audience interaction. Here you will learn about the local Maori culture and history, while you also enjoy an entertaining live show.
Te Puia Thermal Reserve Prices (at October 2012):
|Adult||Child (5-15 years)||Family Pass|
|Te Puia Daytime Experience||$46.00||$23.00||$124.20|
|Te Puia Daytime Experience Combo||$57.40||$28.70||$155.00|
|Te Puia Cultural Performance Experience||$46.00||$23.00||$124.20|
|Te Po Indigenous Evening Experience||$110.00||$55.00||$297.00|
|Te Po Indigenous Evening Experience Combo||$145.00||$72.50||$391.50|
With the family pass above you can have up to 2 adults and between 2 to 4 children aged between 5 and 15 years. So this is great value if you are coming with your family!
NOTE: Another great way to get discount entry into Te Puia Rotorua is to buy a special Rotorua 5 Star Pass combination ticket through Rotorua Super Passes. Find out more by checking out our blog post on this service.
Times of Operation:
Summer: 8am – 6pm (last tour begins around 5pm)
Winter: 8am – 5pm (last tour begins around 4pm)
Te Puia Map:
Te Puia Thermal Reserve Facilities:
- Free off street parking
- Wheel chair access
- Souvenir shop
- Tourist Information
Lots more to see in Rotorua and New Zealand!