Te Puia Geothermal Valley Experience

Tour Summary

Experience a personal encounter with our people, culture and place. Many magnificent geysers are active here, the most famous geyser, Pohutu (big splash or explosion), erupts up to 30 metres high depending on her mood.

Tour Highlights


  • Enjoy a scenic drive through lush countryside with opportunity for photo stops

  • Sightseeing historical government gardens, thermal springs and Polynesian spa

  • 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

  • A captivating experience of the Whakarewarewa thermal wonderland

  • New culinary experience with a traditional cooking session

  • Choice of chicken, kumara & other delicious local produce

  • Insights into Māori heritage & historical uses of the land

  • Traditional weaving tutorial to craft your own masterpiece

Tour Inclusion


  • Fully guided return transfers from Auckland

  • Complimentary pick up and drop off from Auckland CBD

  • Complimentary refreshments and water on board

  • Access to Wi-Fi on board for a small surcharge

  • A local English-speaking tour escort throughout the tour

  • Luxurious temperature controlled transportation in a minibus

  • Entry to full day pass at Te Puia with steamed lunch box

Tour Description

Rotorua's Te Puia Thermal Reserve - We like to think we're in control but a wander through this reserve will soon have you rethinking things. Mother Nature has got us firmly by the reins here with an impressive array of mud pools, boiling hot springs and gushing geysers. New Zealand prides itself as one of the few countries in the world with an incredibly wide range of natural resources and wonderful attractions.

This itinerary has been designed to showcase the range of experiences and landscapes on offer in the central north island, and all within a couple of hours of each other. Starting in Auckland travel though the picturesque coastal region of the Bay of Plenty and on to the famous geothermal wonderland of Rotorua, where Maori culture abounds During the trip south, you will encounter stunning scenery, great photo opportunities, beautiful mountains and see several different farm animals and will also pass through the the stunning Fitzgerald Glade to visit most popular tourist destinations of Rotorua's historical government gardens, thermal springs and therapeutic world famous Polynesian spa.

There are few places in the world where geothermal phenomena such as geysers and mud pools are as extensive and accessible as in Rotorua. Situated five minutes from central Rotorua, Te Puia is an iconic destination for visitors featuring the world famous Pohutu Geyser, Māori cultural performances, live Kiwi, boiling mud pools, native bush and the National Schools of Wood Carving and Weaving. Feel the warm welcome of Maori guides from the moment you walk into Te Puia past the twelve monumental carvings –  Te Heketanga a Rangi reaching skywards.

Explore Te Puia’s unique Whakarewarewa geothermal valley home to the world famous Pohutu Geyser, which erupts up to twenty times a day, and up to thirty metres high into the air. Explore the boiling mud pools and the boiling waters which are still used to cook in. The tradition of guiding in the Whakarewarewa geothermal valley extends for generations. Te Puia is a must-do activity in Rotorua, and a day tour of Te Puia is the best way to experience this top visitor attraction in New Zealand.

Discover the distinctive flavours and unique preparation of our traditionally cooked Maori hangi. This experience includes an extended tour of Te Puia, an interactive weaving experience, plus a traditionally cooked steam box lunch to enjoy in front of Pohutu Geyser. In an authentic Hangi make your choice from a selection of prepared food including chicken, corn, kumara, pumpkin, potato, cabbage, watercress, and gourmet bread stuffing. Once you have placed your favourite delicacies inside the hangi basket, you are ready to head to the constantly active steam vent opening used to cook your kai (food) the authentic way. Following your guided tour and hands-on weaving experience, you will return to Pohutu Geyser to enjoy your lunchtime feast in front of the southern hemisphere’s largest active geyser.

Follow this you can add-on this activity for bonus of an unforgettable 45 – minute Maori cultural performance (Kapa Haka) an exciting introduction to Maori culture. A traditional karanga (welcome) marks the start of song and dance inside the meeting house, here, surrounded by the beautiful wooden carvings of ancestors, visitors are treated to harmonies, the seductive poi dance, the ferocious haka (war challenge), and the complex tititorea (stick games).

Tour Requirements

  • A minimum of 3 people are required for this tour to depart.

  • Please bring a warm jacket, sensible footwear and your camera!

  • Wheelchair and strollers accessible

  • Special dietary requirements catered for upon request, please advise at the time of booking

  • Licensed bar available, drinks available for purchase at additional cost


Contact Us

+64 21 026 60993

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