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A visit to the Pohutu Geyser is a must when staying in Rotorua.It is situated in the Whakarewarewa thermal valley.The largest of several geysers within the valley which erupts on average once or twice each hour and can reach heights of up to 30 meters.Pohutu Geyser is a complex spring which discharges water in a cyclic manner.It is believed that a geyser requires an intricate plumbing system involving one or more chambers into which hot water,steam and gases are all fed.Gradually this reservoir becomes pressurised and hot enough for the water to begin boiling.From the rapid and violent pressure within the chamber,water is forced up the geyser vent and ejected into the air.
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The geothermal area is very near Te Puia. There are boiling mud pools, a very hot springs and Pohutu Geyser. I heard that Pohutu spurts water and steam up to air regular basis. When I was there it did not spurts.
Mâori Cultural Performance
The cultural performance showcases Mâori traditions through song, dance and narration.
Visitors first experience a Welcome Ceremony at the gate of the marae where you are recognised as friends by a warrior represntative. You are escorted to the meeting house and, after removing your shoes, enter to be seated for the performance.
Local artists perform a Haka, the graceful Poi dance, a weapon stick dance and the tititorea stick game while musicians play and sing.
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The Pâ or ‘marae’, is the traditional meeting place of a tribe and as such is the centre tribal society and wellbeing. Peolple come here to talk, play, pray celebrate and mourn.
This particular pâ named Rotowhio was built as part of a plan to upgrade Te Whakarewarewa thermal reserve in the 1960's. Although built as a model the Rotowhio marae is fully operational and welcomes hundreds of people from all over the world daily.
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Te Puia - Mâori Arts and Crafts Institute
Te Puia aims to - 'be the centre of knowledge and excellence for the preservation, presentation, education and growth of traditional expressions of Mâori arts, crafts and culture'. Taken from their website.
When you arrive at the centre you walk through a traditional gateway to enter the Te Heketanga-a-Rangi or sacred Mâori place of Heavenly Origins. Twelve enormous carvings represent the guardians in the local culture.
There is a marae or Pâ - the traditional meeting place of the tribe where all facets of community living take place. It is here that the traditional 'Welcome Ceremony' and Cultural Performance are held.
Te Puia is also the home of Carving and Weaving Schools where these traditional arts are taught.
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Te Puia Maori Cultural Centre is the home of the famous Pohutu Geyser. It erupts regularly during the day - up to 20 times - and can reach a height of 30 metres. The name means 'Big Splash' inthe Maori language. There is a smaller geyser nearby called 'The Prince of Wales Feathers' which erupts preceding Pohutu.
There are walkways down to the geysers that you can take at any time during your visit to the centre. 90 minute guided tours are included in the entry and are organised so that you get to the geysers at the best time to see them erupt.
In the geothermal area at the Maori Cultural Centre of Te Puia there are some amazing boiling mud pools. These pools are fumaroles but with very little water. They contain an acidic slurry of clay and mud.
"Te Puia" La madera / The wood
En el Marae se ve que todas las construcciones están hechas de madera y se pueden ver los distintos trabajos y filigranas con que decoran sus edificios
In the Marae all buildings are made of wood and you can see the various carvings and patterns that decorate their buildings
te Puia Helchos / Ferns
No podían faltarnos los helechos
Nos sorprendió que nos dijeron que utilizaban los troncos de los helechos para hacer vallas
The ferns couln´t miss
We were surprised when they told us that they used the fern logs to make the fences
Te Puia Espectáculo-Maori-Cultural Perfomance
Los maoríes nos introducen en su cultura con cantos y actuaciones. Nos reunimos alrededor de la entrada principal de la Marae (Lugar sagrado que se utilizaba con fines religiosos y sociales) y vimos tradicionales karanga (bienvenida) que marcaba el inicio de los 45 minutos de canto y danza que hicieron dentro de la casa de reunión. Aquí, rodeados por las hermosas tallas de madera de sus antepasados, los visitantes se quedaron encantados con las armonías exuberantes, el seductor baile poi , la haka feroz, (reto de guerra) y el complejo Tititorea ( juegos de palos)
The Maori introduce us in their culture singing and acting . We gathered around the main entrance of the Marae ( Sacred place used for religious and social events ) and we saw traditional karanga (welcome) that marks the start of 45 minutes of song and dance inside the meeting house. Here, surrounded by the beautiful wooden carvings of their ancestors, visitors we were delighted with lush harmonies, the seductive poi dance, the ferocious haka, (war challenge) and the complex tititorea (stick games)
Te Puia Tallas y tejidos/Carving and Weaving
Podemos ver las clases de tallado de madera en las que hacen figuras con formas humanas y otras figuras que usan en sus construcciones y también de los diferentes tipos de tejidos y como los hacían
Existe una tienda en la que venden esculturas y tejidos
We can see the wood carving classes , how they made human figures and other figures used in their buildings and also of the different weaving types and how they weaved
There is a store that sells sculptures and textiles
En una zona geotermal han hecho un parque en el que aparte del paseo entre las fumarolas , geysers , cráteres ... tienen un centro cultural Maorí en el que hay edificios tradicionales tallados de madera , hacen espectáculos folkloicos , enseñan artesanías y las venden.
No podían faltar los helechos y los kiwis
n a geothermal area they have made a park where besides the walk between the fumaroles, geysers, craters ... it has a Maori cultural center where there are traditional wooden constructions , they do folk performances , teach and sell crafts.
They could not miss the ferns and the kiwis cr
Te Puia is one of the most popular geothermal parks in central NZ north island.
Rotorua is sourrounded by different parks like Te Puia, which makes it hard to decide which one to choose!
After a stop at the tourist board and hundreds of leaflets, we chose Te Puia to be sure to see geysers and kiwis (the park i also includes a kiwi house) and I must admit that we were satisfied with our choice.
Te Puia is very close to Rotorua city centre (the steam coming from geysers is visible from everywhere) and offers a comfortable car parking.
The entrance costs 40NZ$ and you can also buy tickets from the tourist board to save 5NZ$ and avoid queues (that we actually did not find). The ticket includes a guided tour of the park. Guides are Maori and provided us with interesting information on the Maori culture and knowledge of their land. The park is actually the "backyard" of a Maori village and they know it cm by cm. Beside the geysers (the guide will take you there a few minutes before they activate) and kiwis, the park offers some mud pools, boiling streams and little lakes, craters, Maori cultural performances and the recostruction of an original Maori village.
It is possible to stroll around the park without guide, the entrance ticket comes with a park map.
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Te Puia + "Whaka": The Divided Attractions
On my first NZ trips Te Puia and Whakarewarewa at the city limits of Rotorua were still one attraction for which you had to pay one entry fee. At the end of the 1990s there was an argument and the geothermal site was divided, even "Whaka" itself, and since 1998 you have two tourist attractions side by side. So it is up to you to make a choice as nearly the same things are offered, geothermal wonders and Maori culture.
Although we have been there with nearly no other tourists around it can happen that the thermal reserves are totally overcrowded with busloads of tourists. If you do not mind this and have limited time it still is a good place for getting an impression. However, the geothermally much more spectacular and colourful places are Waiotapu and Orakei Korako.
Whakarewarewa (the wh is pronounced as f) is only a third of its original size and features bubbling mud holes, hot pools, steaming and sulphor stinking flats, as well as Maori carvings, a meeting house and stage where you can twice daily enjoy a culture show. It is now known as The Thermal Village which really has kept its original village feeling. You can explore the place on your own or join a guided tour, and I clearly prefer it to Te Puia - and it is cheaper ;-)
However, the main attraction of "Whaka", the very active Pohutu geyser, is now on the other side of the fence and belongs to Te Puia. But it can still be seen from the "Whaka" area, and it erupts several times a day and does not need to be fed by soap to erupt like the famous Lady Knox Geyser at Waiotapu.
Te Puia did not only get Pohutu but also the other two thirds of the original Whakarewarewa. Officially it is The New Zealand Maori Arts & Crafts Institute. You can watch Maori artists carve and wave houses, canoes, weapons, jewellery and clothes and also buy the very expensive products. They also have a Kiwi House with two or so kiwis, and offer guided tours and cultural perfomances with song and dance, including a hangi which is the traditional Maori meal from the earth oven.
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Whakarewarewa (Whaka) reportedly has the 'Biggest Geyser in the World' today called 'Pohutu' which plays at a certain time during the day up to a height of 100 Ft. There are boiling mud pools, hot water pools & steaming vents.
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