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Rotorua Geothermal Wonderland & Maori Cultural Excursion

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Rotorua Geothermal Wonderland & Maori Cultural Excursion

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.

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Shore Excursion Size
Small Group
Shore Excursion Type
Cultural, Active, Scenic, Cuisine
Shore Excursion Duration
7 Hours 30 Minutes
Activity Level
Shore Excursion Leaves From
The Cruise Pier Area. (Full details will be provided in your electronic ticket upon confirmation.)
Food/Beverage Provided
Tastings of kiwifruit and Manuka honey products are included.
Recommended Dress
We recommend comfortable layered clothing and sensible walking shoes. A hat, a light jacket, sunscreen, and sunglasses are also suggested.
Guests must be able to walk on paved, gravel, and packed dirt surfaces with a slight incline. Tour is not wheelchair accessible.
4.5 Stars4.5Based On 94 Reviews Review This Tour
5 StarssightseeingMarch 13, 2020

Reviewer: Philip Lam
Nice tour with a very good and caring our guide. The place visit was interesting.

5 StarsRotorua and Maori excursion March 11, 2020

Reviewer: Kathy Adams
We enjoyed seeing all the beautiful sights, and especially liked the Maori part. The guide showed us through the Maori village and the people sang and danced for us.

5 StarsWonderful excursionMarch 08, 2020

Reviewer: Sheila
Probably the best indigenous tour I have had the opportunity to be a part of.

5 StarsRotarua: a Wonderland for sure!March 05, 2020

Reviewer: Karen McCandless-Buck
This is a wonderful small group trip to the heart of the Rotarua geothermal area. Aside from seeing more of the beautiful New Zealand countryside we visitied scenic waterfalls, were introduced to the silver fern, symbol of NZ, and had a very relaxed visit to a Maori village in the middle of the geothermal area. The guides at the village are Maori and they explain the culture and history of the village and the area. This is a wonderful excursion with a fair amount of walking and time to explore and sample things on our own.

5 Starsmy favoriteFebruary 29, 2020

Reviewer: mary m bahry
what a wonderful tour. You get to experience the whole town and their unique living. well worth it

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