Rotorua Te Puia & Hells Gate

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Experience the geothermal landscape of Rotorua, a unique destination in New Zealand, on this exciting tour from Tauranga. Visit Te Puia, Rotorua's leading destination for Maori culture and geysers, plus Hells Gate, an out-of-this-world landscape full of steaming vents and bubbling mud

Cross the harbor bridge to Tauranga and take the inland direct route to Rotorua. This old drovers road will take you through deep gorges, native and plantation forests, and farmland. You'll want to have your camera out to capture the great scenery on the way.

Arriving in Rotorua, you'll see the main sights of this very interesting city, such as the Government Gardens, the Bath House, Blue Baths, and the Rotorua lakefront. Then you'll head to Te Puia, home to the Maori Arts and Crafts Institute and the famous Pohutu Geyser. 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. You'll also get the chance to see New Zealand's iconic flightless bird, the Kiwi.

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. After the performance, you'll have free time for lunch on your own.

Continue on after the break to your next incredible destination, Hells Gate, a place of extreme contrasts, including the largest hot waterfall in the southern hemisphere. See steaming fumaroles and pools of boiling mud as you stroll through this geothermal landscape.

On the way back to the port, you'll drive along a coastal route past the extensive kiwifruit orchards that are such an important aspect of the regions economy. Time permitting, your learned guide will take you to the kiwifruit country store, exhibiting the kiwifruit industry and enabling you to sample the refreshing fruit. See the best of Maori culture and Rotorua's geothermal wonders on this one-of-a-kind tour from Tauranga.

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8 Hours
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The Cruise Pier. (Full details will be provided in your electronic ticket upon confirmation.)
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Not Included
Recommended Dress
We recommend wearing comfortable seasonal clothing, closed-toe walking shoes, sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat.
Foldable wheelchairs may be accommodated, provided that guests are able to enter a coach or minibus using the standard steps with assistance. This tour cannot accommodate electric wheelchairs or mobility scooters, unless the the scooter is very small and collapsible. The well-made paths on the tour are suitable for wheelchairs. Infants ages 3 and younger may attend the tour free of charge with advanced notice, provided that they sit on their parents' lap. Infants may have their own seat upon request at time of booking. Parents must bring their own car seats, and will be charged an additional fee for the infant.
4.5 Stars4.5Based On 7 Reviews Review This Tour
5 StarsRotorua Te Puia & Hells GateMarch 11, 2018

Reviewer: Don
Very nice tour Visit to Maori village was major cultural event. Steam vents at the village and Hells Gate were also very interesting.

5 StarsNew Zealand in a dayMarch 11, 2018

Reviewer: Sandra
Fantastic tour. Small group. Driver/tour guide was knowledgeable, interesting, and personable. We saw the geothermal side of New Zealand as well as the agricultural, natural, and historic. Beautiful countryside. The Maori event was wonderful but the sound during the outside introduction was poor. The food wasn’t memorable.

4 StarsGreat tour but some unecessary drivingMarch 10, 2018

Reviewer: Roger Herod
Both Rotorua Te Puia and Hells Gate are amazing and well worth seeing. We wasted time on our tour as we had participants going to other locations as well and we had to waste time on detours to drop them off and pick them up again.

4 StarsLong driveJanuary 08, 2018

Reviewer: DeEtta Larson
It was a long drive to get to all the places, but most interesting once we got there. There is a lot of walking so not suitable for those that can't get around. I also enjoyed the Maori festival.

5 StarsRotors a TenPuia & Hells GateMay 01, 2017

Reviewer: Paulette Schoenberger
This excursion was EXCELLANT. It was very, very interesting and thoroughly enjoyable.

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