Rotorua Geothermal Wonderland & Maori Cultural Excursion

special offer banner Rotorua Geothermal & Maori Cultural Tour from Tauranga
Price: $170.00   Sale Price: $149.00   Save: $21.00
Children (Ages 3 and under) are free but must be accounted for.
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Shore Excursion Size ? Small
Shore Excursion Type Cultural, Active, Scenic, Cuisine
Shore Excursion Duration 7 Hours 30 Minutes
Activity Level ? Moderate
Shore Excursion Leaves From ? Cruise Ship Pier
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.
Restrictions Guests must be able to walk on paved, gravel, and packed dirt surfaces with a slight incline. Tour is not wheelchair accessible.

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.

This cultural 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 the opportunity to stop and admire Hamurana Springs 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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4.5 Stars4.7 / 5  |  101 ReviewsReview This Tour
Wonderful Full Day
December 01, 2022
The local tour group hosting this tour, Zealandia, has knowledgeable and accessible guides with great insights into the daily life and historical highlights of the area. Our visit to the Maori village was highly respectful of the peoples, and we left with much more interest in learning more. The experience was full of information with a personal touch by Jan, our guide!
Reviewer: Deborah Grundman
5 Stars
nice excursion
November 19, 2022
I really enjoyed the cultural show. The tour had the right amount of people on it. The food stop was good. The tour guide very nice. A great day!
Reviewer: susan kingham
4 Stars
Wonderful trip
April 20, 2020
I loved the visit to the Maori Living village, seeing how the Maori lived. The visit to the kiwi farm was also interesting for me. It was a wonderful day.
Reviewer: Margaret McRae
5 Stars
Rotorua Geothermal wonderland and Maori Culture
April 14, 2020
Excellent, highlight of our trip. Our driver was excellent pointing out sights along the way. Our lunch stop was great.
Reviewer: David
5 Stars
March 31, 2020
The day with Duncan as our bus tour guide was great. Geothermal wonderland and the Village were amazing. Would encourage everyone to do this trip
Reviewer: Wayne & Robyn
5 Stars
Amazing Rotorua
March 31, 2020
This was a very fun excursion - very different from what I normally see. The Geothermal Wonderland is amazing, and how the people utilize it is fascinating.
5 Stars