Departing the pier, you will drive through Tauranga to reach Rotorua via a scenic route not often taken by larger touring vehicles.
On your journey through to Rotorua you will pass through an ancient lava flow, an ecological reserve and learn of the volcanic history which created this dramatic landscape. You will also gain an insight into the farming and forestry Industries, so important to this region.
Travel through to Te Puia Maori Arts an Crafts Institute and Thermal Park where you will meet a local Maori guide who will take you on a tour of Te Whakarewarewa Valley. Here you will see geysers, mud pools, and wonderful geothermal activity. Gain and insight into the traditional crafts of weaving and carving still alive and in demand today.
One of the highlights will be experiencing a Maori cultural show in the Meeting House including a welcome onto the grounds and then a performance of the famous war challenge the Haka - which will be sure to give you goose bumps.
We then travel back to Tauranga through Rotorua's central city, Government Gardens and along the waterfront of Lake Rotorua
On our way back we will stop at the impressive Okere Falls - popular with rafters
A visit to Kiwi 360 for an insight into the Billion dollar Kiwifruit industry of the bay and a great place to shop for gifts.
Te Puia provides a fantastic variety of local cuisine for you to purchase lunch on your own.
A friend told us about this company--so much cheaper than the cruise lines; right on time going and coming; guides were friendly; full coverage of intended tour!! Will definitely use again.
Terrific tour, Andy was awesome guide. Would do this Again in a minute.
Reviewer: Adi A.
Wonderful tour of Rotorua, Te Puia, and few lakes on the way, as well as a Kiwi plantation. Wonderful guide and small nice group. We enjoyed it a lot...!
Reviewer: Adi A.
Very nice tour from Akaroa to Christchurch. The guide was pleasant and the route was great. The explanations in Christchurch city were nice. The time to walk ourselves (mostly in the botanic gardens) was adequate. Too bad that it was raining. Altogether, a great tour and good value for the price.
Reviewer: Well traveled
Very pleased with our tour. It was exactly as advertised. The guide was excellent and provided lots of historical, cultural, and local insights. Because this was a smaller tour with a smaller vehicle we were able to take a more scenic route than the big buses which really added to the experience. The geothermal area is interesting, and the Maori cultural performance and tour is excellent and obviously unique to New Zealand.