Te Po – Indigenous Evening Experience
Start time 6:15pm
Te Pō is Te Puia’s evening cultural experience. It is a feast of storytelling, entertainment and Māori Cuisine.
Experience an authentic Māori welcome – When you visit Te Puia at night, you enjoy an indepth experience of the customs and traditions of Māori, with a traditional pōwhiri (Māori welcoming ceremony), a warrior’s challenge and a full kapa haka (Māori performing arts) concert.
Enjoy a first-class Māori feast - Feeding guests is regarded by Māori as an honour and a sign of a tribe’s mana (standing), so a sumptuous banquet is provided during the evening. This banquet combines contemporary cuisine with a traditional hangi (earth-cooked oven meal), where kai (food) is steam-cooked by hot rocks in the earth, giving it a delicious smokey flavour. Download Te Pō Menu – PDF
Enjoy our illuminated thermal valley – Following dessert, you will be transported by our ‘people movers’ to enjoy the spectacular lighting of the Te Whakarewarewa Geothermal Valley. Guests can wander around the illuminated natural attractions, including our world famous Pohutu geyser, while enjoying more Māori-inspired delicacies and a hot drink.
In Māori tradition, Te Pō (the night) was a very important time. It was when Ranginui (Sky Father) and Papatūānuku (Earth Mother) lay in an embrace. When separated, light permeated Te Pō and Te Ao Mārama (World of Life) began.