Maori crafts in Rotorua

for sale in the gallery at Te Puia (c) 2019 by David Ourisman, all rights reserved

Sometimes the best travel experiences happen purely by chance. When our Southern World host received a text that our flight from Rotorua to Wellington was delayed by 30 minutes, he got right on the phone to the sales manager at Te Puia, a centre for Maori culture located in Rotorua. He arranged a whirlwind tour of the school founded to teach Maori crafts, preserving those traditions for a new generation. In the mere 30 minutes available, we saw students practicing arts such as wood carving and weaving, passed through the Gallery at which visitors can purchase those crafts, and finished by viewing the geyser.

You don't need to spend hours to get value from a worthwhile attraction. If you only have time for a quick thirty minute tour, you can still have an informative visit if you've got a knowledgeable guide showing you the essentials.

This is day six of our ten day educational tour through New Zealand. We've seen some of the world's most wonderful luxury lodges and delighted in the natural beauty of this photogenic island nation.

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