The opportunity to experience traditional Maori games will be a highlight for Rotorua visitors these school holidays, with a range of activities available daily at Te Puia.

Te Puia staff want to share their passion for Maori culture, arts and heritage with the younger generation and have come up with a fun and varied school holiday programme they know children will love.

From October 1 – 5, 11am to 2pm and October 8 – 12, 11am to 2pm, Te Puia is offering activities based around traditional Maori games – putangitangi (traditional Maori instruments), pou turu (stilts used by Maori to reach fruit in trees), whai (string games) and Moko Tarai/Kirituhi (face painting).

Children will also have an opportunity to cook eggs and corn with experienced Te Puia guides in one of the historical boiling geothermal springs.

Apart from the cooking activity which has a gold coin donation, all the activities are free with entry. Domestic visitors will also be able to purchase a Whanau Card for two adults and up to four children.

The Whanau Card means families can visit as many times as they like during the holidays and also have unlimited access to Te Puia for a year.

Te Puia’s general manager sales and marketing manager, Kiri Atkinson-Crean says the Te Puia Whanau Card makes it easier for everyone to access the unique and special place that is Te Puia.

Ka whai wāhi ngā whanau me te hunga tapoi ki ngā hākinakina Māori ki te wāhi o Te Puia ki Rotorua.  Kei te whakahaerehia e Te Puia i ngā hākinakina Māori hei pārekareka ma ngā whanau hei tohu whakanui hoki i ngā rangi hararei mo ngā tamariki kura.  I timata inanahi nei, ngā mahi whakanui i ngā tākaro Māori, ā, ka tatu hei te tuarima o tēnei marama.  He kaupapa whakaheke utu kei te rere ki Te Puia, ko te kāri whanau tērā. Ki tā ngā kōrero mai a Kiri Atkinson-Crean i pēnei kia māmā ake mo ngā whanau.  Ko ētahi o ngā hākinakina Māori kei te whakahaerehia ki Te Puia, ko Te Poutoti, pūtangitangi te whai me te moko tārai.