Get your hands on an epic dronie selfie at Te Puia

Holiday shots have been taken to a whole new level with 10 second aerial videos of visitors to Rotorua's Te Puia

Holiday shots have been taken to a whole new level this summer as Rotorua tourism operator, Te Puia, launches its dronie project, taking 10 second aerial videos of visitors in the geothermal valley.

Te Puia sales and marketing manager Kiri Atkinson-Crean says the dronie project will give visitors an unseen perspective of the valley and a totally unique piece of new age memorabilia to take home after their visit.

“Throughout the summer season, we will have trained staff dedicated to producing the dronie videos, which are free of charge for all Te Puia visitors.

“Te Whakarewarewa Valley covers 70 hectares of out-of-this-world landscape and over 500 geothermal features including the world famous Pohutu Geyser, so it creates the ultimate backdrop.”

How it works:

Visitors stand in the designated dronie location, adjacent to the world famous Pōhutu Geyser soothing 30 meters into the air, while the drone hovers in front to record. The drone will then fly back and upwards, keeping you in shot, but revealing the stunning scenery that surrounds you.

Once the video is complete, staff on the spot edit the shot to produce a 10 second video, which is instantly shared via email.


  • NZ Summer (December – March)
  • 11am – 3pm, week days
  • Free of charge for all Te Puia visitors

About Te Puia:

Te Puia spans 70 hectares within the historic Te Whakarewarewa Geothermal Valley, on the edge of Rotorua. Home to the world famous Pōhutu geyser, mud pools, hot springs and silica formations, you will also find the native Kiwi bird and the national schools of wood carving, weaving, stone and bone carving.


The #NZDronie campaign was launched by Tourism New Zealand in 2014, and after reaching 34 million people globally in its first year, Te Puia is the first independent operator to offer the hugely popular product.

Travel tips:

Rotorua is centrally located at the heart of the North Island. The city is a three-hour drive from Auckland or a 45 minute flight.

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