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: Patricia Robinson
Tis was a rally good excursion. The bus trip and commentary were really good. The cultural experience was an experience and although felt a bit rrushed in someways it was still very enjoyable.
After reading the details of the excursion it sounded like we would be visiting 2 different locations the Geothermal Spa where we thought we would be able to use and then a visit to an active Maori Village. It was a wonderful tour and visit to the Maori Village which sits on Geothermal Grounds, and although not what we expected it was still a wonderful excursion and would highly recommend it.
Reviewer: Norma Walsh
Wonderful tour, very interesting, tour guide was informative.
Reviewer: Ross Williamson
Excursion delivered what it promised but could have been so much better. Tour guide and van accommodation were good. Van full but still a reasonably small group. Kiwi farm stop was far too long. Lunch stop in town was not necessary and too restrictive- no personal choice of venue and could not explore the area on our own. This took 1 hour of the tour time. Maori village tour and geothermal sights were very good and worth seeing. The Maori show however was too short.
Reviewer: Susan Abrams
This started with a 1 and 1/2 hour drive to Rotoura which included a stop at a kiwi orchard which was very interesting. I enjoyed seeing the New Zealand countryside on the ride to the Maori village. We then saw a cultural performance by the village people, followed by a tour of the village and geothermal geysers.