Te Puia spans 70 hectares within the historic Te Whakarewarewa Valley, on the edge of Rotorua. It is home to the world famous Pohutu geyser, mud pools, hot springs, silica formations, the Kiwi bird and the national schools of wood carving, weaving, stone and bone carving.
If this is a first visit to New Zealand, then Te Puia is a fantastic place to learn about Maori culture and history as well as experiencing the awesome geothermal activity of the surrounding land. There is a very strong smell of sulphur when you first enter Rotorua but you soon get use to it and you will definitely get wet next to the geysers. Staying at one of the many motels with built in natural hot pools are inexpensive and you will leave with your skin looking fantastic!