Rotorua Geothermal Wonderland & Maori Cultural Excursion
Sale Price: $133.00
Departing the pier, you will travel around the Mount Maunganui inner harbor, then along the main surf beach and pristine waterfront of New Zealand's number one seaside resort. Continue past the suburbs and dairy farmland before coming to Te Puke, the kiwifruit capital of New Zealand. You will stop at a kiwifruit country orchard, where you will be able to taste various products made with this amazing fruit. You'll then make a stop at a producer of New Zealand's famous export: Manuka honey. You'll learn about what makes this delicious honey so special, and taste it for yourself.
The excursion will then drive through farmland and pine forested areas before taking a detour to view some native fauna while on a short stop to view the adrenaline junkies as they cascade the Kaituna Rapids and falls in their kayaks and rafts. You will continue on to Rotorua passing Lake Rotoiti and Lake Rotorua, which are just 2 of the 16 lakes in the region.
There will be a short break for lunch (at your own expense) alongside Lake Rotorua before you drive to the unique thermal wonderland of Whakarewarewa, a landscape of erupting geothermal activity, hot thermal springs, bubbling mud, and the famous Pohutu Geyser.
You will be hosted by a Maori guide and experience a people who have come to live in harmony in the midst of this unique environment. Hear how they use the boiling cauldrons and steam in everyday life for cooking and the natural mineral waters for communal bathing.
The local villagers are always delighted to share their knowledge and pastimes of the place they call home. Learn about their traditions and culture, visit the fully carved meeting house Whare Tupuna (ancestral home), and then experience a traditional Maori welcome, songs, and dances, including the famous Haka. This is the only authentic living Maori village of its kind in New Zealand. Crowds should be expected at this site.
Your sightseeing journey continues through Rotorua to the Government Gardens, the historic Bath House, and Rachel's Pool. The excursion returns to Tauranga using a different route, with opportunity to stop an admire Hamurana Spring's crystal clear blue waters. Upon arrival to the city, you will have the opportunity to see a little of the inner city and its downtown area before crossing the harbor bridge to return to your ship at Mount Maunganui.
Reviewer: Margith Hansen
Had a memorable excursion, excellent guide and lots of laughs. Beautifully presented, wish we had more time.
Reviewer: Thomas Sladowski
We were on a Holland America cruise of NZ in early Nov, 2018. We chose this option over the cruise ship excursion alternative which cost $100/ person more. Very glad we did This tour didn't include lunch. Since our port time was shortened by 1 hr, our tour guide modified the tour to stop for a quick 30 minute lunch at a food court of (rather than a 1 hr stop at a nicer place). The guide covered the entire itinerary & a bonus stop. A long lunch would have meant missing parts of the tour. My wife and I were very happy we save about $200 and took this tour. THIS IS A MUST DO TOUR IF YOU ARE IN THE AREA. The actual tour was run by the company ZIELANDIER. The Maori Cultural Village was fascinating. Don't expect to see Yellowstone, but you will see how the Maori's use the thermal features in their daily life - cooking, bathing, etc. Whether your do the cruise ship excursion or this one, you see the same village and the same thermal attractions. I highly recommend this excursion.
Reviewer: Gail Newton
Very informative tour, our guide was lovely and I noticed how well he looked after an elderly lady who was on her own. Really liked the village tour and concert. He had us back to the boat in plenty of time Highly recommend this tour from Tauranga
Reviewer: Jenny Burger
I was disappointed at the amount of time spent here. We did visit comvite and an kiwi fruit farm but I thought we would spend more time at the village. I do realise there was a funeral happening at the same time and this couldn't be helped. Otherwise this was a great tour and our amazing tour leader Jan was fabulous.
Reviewer: yacob naor
maori was nice but seems for torists