On our third and final day in Rotorua we visited Te Puia, a Maori cultural centre. We went on a guided tour with a knowledgeable tour guide who shared with us stories about the Maori legends and gods. There are carving and weaving schools located in the centre, which displayed some beautiful craftsmanship.
Also within the centre is a kiwi house, where you can see New Zealand's national bird, the kiwi, in a nocturnal environment.
The centre is located within the Te Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley, where you can find the the Pohutu Geyser, which is the largest active Geyser in New Zealand. Rotorua was definitely not short on geothermal activity!
At the end of our tour we watched a Maori Cultural show, which included watching a performance of the traditional haka dance, and of course they get you to join in!
We had a thoroughly enjoyable day and it was a great learning experience. A trip to New Zealand isn't complete with out experiencing some Maori culture.