In the Māori world, connections between people are integral to the fabric of our culture. Whakapapa (shared origins) define that world, and these relationships are maintained and honoured throughout the generations.
At Te Puia you will experience this world, where our guides proudly recount stories handed down from their tipuna (ancestors). These are the people who will welcome you and befriend you. Through this connection you too will become part of the heritage that is Te Puia.
The Act of Parliament that established our organisation granted us a role as guardians of Māori arts, crafts and culture.
We are home to the national schools of carving and weaving. When you visit, you can watch and interact with master carvers, weavers and their students. You can also take part in special workshops.
The surrounding geothermal valley includes bubbling mud pools, spectacular geysers, hot springs, boiling thermal pools, silica terraces, as well as native plants and animals.
Summer: 8am – 6pm (last tour commences at 5pm)
Winter: 8am – 5pm (last tour commences at 4pm)