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Nature Walk Opens Alongside Te Puia Launch

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Nature Walk Opens Alongside Te Puia Launch

Alongside the launch of the Te Puia name and brand, 'Korero Tuku Iho' – the new nature walk was also officially opened today.

The nature walk has been designed to share the stories of Te Puia and the history of the Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley.

The section of the trail opened today is only a third of what will eventually be a two-hour nature walk through the valley.

Te Puia chief executive and tourism leader Andrew Te Whaiti says Korero Tuku Iho offers an interactive experience of the sights and sounds, using minimal signage.

"The intuitive nature of the walk overcomes language barriers to traditional signage and gives tour guides great tools for story-telling.

"Walkers will need to study their surroundings carefully to see things like tools, carvings, drying berries and flax racks. They'll also be encouraged to take their shoes off and feel the warmth of the path and sometimes even the earth's vibrations," Te Whaiti says.

Korero Tuku Iho has been designed to blend into the environment to look as though it's always been there. The two-hour track, which will be developed over the coming months, will be styled to the same effect.

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