Plenty of time in a landscape of steaming thermal waters
Chance to see the towering water jets of Pōhutu Geyser
Up-close look at the valley's immense bubbling mud pools
Māori history & traditional tales from your local guide
Cultural weaving & carving by the local craftspeople
About this activity
What's included, what's not
Full-day admission to Te Puia
1-hour guided tour of Te Puia
Live tour commentary provided in English and Māori
Meals and drinks
Know Before You Book
Children aged 4 and younger are complimentary when accompanied by a paying adult.
Children aged 15 and younger must be accompanied by a paying adult.
You must be able to climb and descend stairs and walk on unpaved or uneven terrain.
Guided tours leave on the hour every hour from 9 AM to 4 PM.
Te Puia's opening hours are 8 AM–5 PM.
What you can expect
Mud pools, kiwi birds, and towering geysers are waiting for you in the Te Puia nature preserve. With a guided tour through the geothermal valley and a day's worth of free time to see living examples of the traditional Maori lifestyle, you can mix local history and great scenery in a single spectacular package.
Fed by volcanic heat beneath the surface, the Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley holds 150 acres (60 ha) of terrific natural scenery. Walkways take you past steaming waters to enclosures built with classic Maori architecture, where you can find some of New Zealand's favourite wildlife and watch master carvers and weavers at work.
You can get a deeper appreciation for the site with a guided tour filled with insights from your host. Get an up-close look at the 100-foot (30-m) plume of Pōhutu Geyser, the largest active geyser south of the equator, and learn stories from the area's millennia of history that help you see the surroundings in a new, fuller light.