Are you ready to be in awe of the Natural Geothermal World in Te Puia, New Zealand?

If you visit New Zealand it’s almost criminal if you don’t experience the Geothermal wonders this beautiful country has to offer and the home of geothermal activity is Rotorua.  Bubbling mud pools, a thick smell of sulphur in the air, Geysers shooting up in the sky and some of the most out of this world landscapes you could ever imagine.

While we were in Rotorua we visited two Geothermal ‘theme’ parks Waiotapu Thermal Wonderland and Te Puia. I’ve previously posted about Waiotapu and you can find it here.  I’m glad we made it to both of them as they had such different offerings.

Te Puia was slightly different to Waiotapu as it had not only a greater number of geysers but more active geysers. It was also hugely informative about New Zealand’s Maori culture, architecture and even had some Kiwi Birds so you had the chance to get up close to the native wildlife.

What you need to see while you are there..

Pōhutu Geyser

This was the first geyser we saw on our trip and it was truly spectacular. The natural world really is so intriguing sometimes.  It is also the largest active geyser in the Southern Hemisphere and can erupt up to at least 2 times every hour.  You would have to be really unlucky to go and see it and not see it erupt.  Fun fact its name means ‘constant splashing’ which is exactly what it does.  Whether you are up close or standing on a platform on the other side of the park the plume of water and steam really does make you stop and watch.

Te Tohu geyser

Te Tohu is located next to Pohutu and erupts just before Pohutu does.  Another name for this geyser is Prince of Wales Feather as its plume was said to resemble the Prince’s coat of arms. Seeing the two geysers going off is a glorious sight. They are said to only erupt for a few minutes at a time but due to the frequency of their eruptions, it feels like they have a continuous plume of water and steam.

 Dormant Geysers

There is at least two dormant geyser at the park. Papakura and Te Horu. They both used to erupt frequently however they have been considered dormant now since the 70’s. There are signposted showing where you can see them and maybe they will spring back to life in the future. Te Horu has been said to be bubbling at the moment but eruptions so far.

 Ngāraratuatara

This is a cooking pool which they still use to this day. In the past, these types of pools would be used for not only cooking but also washing and bathing. I’m guessing it is like an ancient hot tub but I’m pretty sure the water would be a whole lot hotter than a modern day hot tub. Just imagine the wrinkles if you stayed in too long! At Te Puia, you can sample this unique cooking experience along with another traditional Maori cooking style called a hangi. The Hangi is a large pit in the earth with the hot rocks placed at the bottom. The geothermal heat in both of these methods cooks the meat and infuses the food with a unique flavour and how often can you say you’ve eaten food cooked by geothermal heat.

See a Kiwi up close

Disappointingly we didn’t get to see a kiwi in the flesh as they were all either sleeping or hiding when we were visiting. However, we did buy a soft toy Kiwi if that counts.  They have a big enclosure with natural trees and plants for the Kiwis to feel at home. The kiwi egg is also HUGE! So was really interesting to see one of these on display.  It would have been amazing to have seen one but as we didn’t it’s another reason for us to return to NZ one day soon.

Maori Buildings and Carvings 

There are lots of traditional Maori buildings on the site in the Pikirangi Village for you to walk around, go into and explore. Being able to touch the building and see the materials used, and the intricate carving was a real insight into the past. Such pride was taken in decorating these buildings and it’s such a different style of building from what I’ve seen before.

Along with this village of the past, there is also more modern buildings which are used for concerts and gatherings.  We did get to see a performance which was fascinating to watch. At first, I thought they were doing the haka but I think it may have been a slightly different welcome call.  Either way, it was amazing to watch!

 

There is also lots of carved statues and artwork dotted around the park. Like the house’s they are carved with such amazing detail.

We went into the park on a standard day ticket and spent a day marvelling at this interesting place. There is also a whole host of different experience options that you could opt for both during the day and in the evening. One of these experiences includes a meal cooked within a Hangi and hot pool. It was easy to walk around on your own (without a tour guide) and the points of interest within the park are all signposted with information. It is a big park so expect to do a lot of walking and whilst the paths are all easily accessible it’s sensible to wear decent shoes.

 

We loved visiting this place and couldn’t recommend it enough if you are visiting New Zealand. The insight into Maori history, the dramatic landscapes and captivating geysers is something we would never have been able to see anywhere else and is so far removed from the green fields of our home in Britain and the dry paddocks of our Australian home.

It really will leave you in awe of the natural world.

To find more information on Te Puia  you can find details here http://www.tepuia.com/

If you wanted to see some of our other posts from New Zealand the click away below

Martha Mine

Glowworm Caves

Waiotapu

Waiheke

Auckland

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20 Comments Add yours

  1. Nikki Vella says:

    Hahaha loved the Kiwi comment 🙂 Visiting these geyser is definitely on my to do list now that I’ve read this article! 🙂

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  2. This is great, so much information and great photos. Could not come at a better time as I am planning a trip to North Island NZ for early next year. Thanks Mel 🙂
    https://amindfultravellerblog.wordpress.com/

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  3. Wow this is an explosive post (weak pun intended)! Seriously though, I’ve really enjoyed the virtual tour of New Zealand through your eyes. The plan is to hike the Te Arora in the next few years so this is a delicious appetizer.

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  4. thebeasley says:

    This looks frigging awesome! Get me there right now! And those Maori building ❤️

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  5. Sofia says:

    I’m dying to visit here!!! What gorgeous photos you have 🙂

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  6. Such a beautiful part of the world. Visited New Zealand a life-time ago and loved it. Thanks for a lovely reminder.

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  7. Wow! The photos are stunning! We’ll add this place to our bucket list! Thanks for sharing.

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  8. Deb's World says:

    Great post showing us where we have to go when we visit NZ again. Love the pics too x

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  9. How freaking cool! It must have been an amazing experience.

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  10. This is very cool, especially the history behind everything. As you say, the pool would be incredibly hot- how long DID they stay in it for?! Also, what really struck me is how similar their art and structures are to the Indigenous tribes on the west coast of Canada!

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  11. emfletche says:

    Great photos! And i particularly love the kiwi toy 🙂

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  12. Stunning photos and that stuffed kiwi 😍😂

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  13. Oh my gosh, this looks incredible! Pinning this to reference for when we travel to NZ. Thanks for sharing such detailed info!

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  14. Drew Seaman says:

    Wow, what a beautiful area. I didn’t know that there was so much geothermal activity in that part of NZ. Simply stunning! I like that there are some cultural things to do in the area too, to build a stronger connection to the region. Hopefully you get to see a kiwi in person!

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  15. Donna Meyer says:

    I have ben to Yellowstone several times, but I have always wanted to see these geothermal features in NZ to compare, Also, Iwould love to see the Maori village and the performances.

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  16. ThisTaraf says:

    Great post..New Zealand is our bucket list since forever. Hope to visit soon!

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  17. Jenna Kvid says:

    We always love visiting destinations with geothermal activity–New Zealand is high on our list! Love all the geyser shots you captured. Would be fun to see in person some day, and the carvings all look really neat too!

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  18. Wow, I would love to visit New Zealand. Its natural scenery is amazing. I haven’t been to a geothermal park before. It’s good the Pōhutu Geyser erupts twice per hour there is no chance to miss this spectacular sight.

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  19. Wow stunning! Mother nature can be pretty remarkable… I’d say that the toy counts haha 😉

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  20. Tracey says:

    WOW!! No doubt it would be a crime to miss these incredible natural wonders when visiting New Zealand. Reminds me a bit of Iceland:) New Zealand is on my families travel wish list. I’ll add Te Puia to our itinerary, thanks for sharing:)

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