You'll need at least half a day to fully experience the quintessential New Zealand offerings of Te Puia. Set on 60 hectares of geothermal valley, there are several natural features to see, most notably the famous Pohutu Geyser, which is the largest active geyser in the whole of the Southern Hemisphere! There are also other geysers, mud pools and steam vents to sight for those fascinated by geothermal activity. The other main feature of Te Puia is the rich Maori culture; here you can learn about their history, culture and art forms with live demonstrations of wood carving and weaving. The Maori people are the traditional inhabitants of this land, so understanding their history is important for any visitor of New Zealand. Finally, if you haven't been able to see any of the iconic kiwi birds yet, there are two cuddly kiwis who call Te Puia home, so make sure to stop by the Kiwi House to get a glimpse of one of these nocturnal locals.