You won't want to miss this exciting tour of Rotorua's unique culture and natural beauty. Drive through luxurious neighborhoods in Mount Maunganui, and visit a kiwifruit country store for a taste of New Zealand's most famous fruit. In Te Puia, you'll interact with the esteemed Maori peoples, watching their showcase midst active geysers. Be awed by the geothermal valley of Whakarewarewa, see the flightless kiwi bird, and be treated to a Maori cultural performance in a traditional carved meeting house. Top off the day with a drive through Rotorua city and take the scenic route back to Tauranga. Travelers appreciate the value and originality of this Tauranga tour.
Before your guide escorts you to the unique Rotorua landscape, drive through the beachfront neighborhood of Mount Maunganui. Passing the millionaire residencies in Mount Maunganui may inspire you to rest and enjoy your vacation even more. Your learned guide will escort you to a kiwifruit country store, exhibiting the kiwifruit industry and enabling you to sample the refreshing fruit.
Continue through farmland by Lake Rotoiti and Lake Rotorua to Te Whakarewarewa, home to the Maori Arts and Crafts Institute. With the Pohutu geyser nearby, Maori craftsmen will demonstrate their flax weaving and woodcarving skills. Take a short walk through the geothermal valley of Whakarewarewa to the mud pools, the famous Pohutu geyser, and the hot pools that make Te Puia unique. See New Zealand's iconic flightless bird, the Kiwi, and explore the recreated traditional Maori fortified village.
Settle down at the Marae, one of the few fully-carved traditional meeting houses in New Zealand, and enjoy a Maori cultural performance. Polynesian warriors will demonstrate their singing, dancing, and fighting prowess, including the famous Haka dance borrowed by the All Blacks rugby team.
Then you're off for a drive through Rotorua City to see the timber-framed, Tudor-style Government Gardens and the famous Bath House (now the Rotorua museum). The Art Deco Blue Baths and Rachel's Pool allowed mixed bathing since the 1930s, and are now re-open to the public. On your way back from Rotorua, you'll travel on a scenic route over hills and through deep gorges.
Reserve this exceptional Tauranga tour for natural beauty and rich Maori culture today.
Reviewer: Susan Rhew
I didn't know that kiwis grow on vines! The geothermal area was fascinating and we enjoyed the Maori cultural show. My husband was chosen to go on stage during the dance which was entertaining. Julie was an excellent guide who added many quick extras to the trip.
If you've ever seen a geo thermal geyser or not, this is a must for your visit in NZ. It is a very interesting trip with a stop at a Kiwi farm on the way to Rotorua and then a two 1/2 hour visit at this traditional Maori site with a cultural show. We had a great visit and would highly recommend! Thank you Shore Excursions for all your wonderful trips.
About 8 passengers were picked up at the entrance to the cruise port. The tour-van was brand-new/clean and the driver/tour-guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. The visit the the geysers and cultural center was quite nice and not crowded at all. We had plenty of time for lunch-on-your-own and also visited the town/lake-area of Rotorua. Overall, a good value.
Reviewer: Ray Hankamer
This excursion is a 'must"" out of all the excursions available anywhere in New Zealand. Maori culture, geysers, countryside...you will get the feel of the country for sure from this excursion. The operator chosen by Shore Excursions Group for this trip is especially good.
We loved seeing the areas around Tauranga and really enjoyed our experience at Rotorua. We felt like Rotorua was miniature version of Yellowstone Park. Our driver was very personable and knowledgeable. We would certainly recommend this tour.