There is a bit of walking to do over well-formed tracks but nothing too difficult. Then it’s onto the ‘Living Maori Village’ set in the geothermal Whakarewarewa valley, with the option to see a cultural show (time permitting).
- Pick up from the port area
- Transport in a small air-conditioned mini bus with a full commentary from your professional guide
- Stop to admire spectacular beaches and volcanoes
- Hear about New Zealand’s unique ecology created by 80 million years of isolation
- Pass through kiwi fruit orchards and hear about their economic importance to the region
- Learn about Maori culture, how they got to New Zealand and who their ancestors were
- Visit the ‘Geothermal Wonderland’ of Wai-o-Tapu and time permitting, see Lady Knox geyser erupt (at 10:15 every day)
- Lunch at Wai-o-Tapu (not included)
- Drive to Rotorua and the Geothermal Village of Whakarewarewa.
- Have a fully guided tour of the village and see how the local Maori still use the boiling water for cooking, heating and bathing.
- Time permitting you have the option to enjoy a 30-minute cultural show.
- After Whakarewarewa, you will have a short guided tour of Rotorua, the lake front, Government Gardens and the old bath house, built after the 1886 eruption of Mt Tarawera.
- Drive back to your ship. Relaxing and sitting back as you go through rolling country side, native forest, pine plantations and landscape sculpted by numerous volcanic eruptions.
- Price includes drive/guide, entry to Wai-o-Tapu and Whakarewarewa, full commentary, pick and drop off at the port, entry to Te Puia, a bottle of mineral water and Wi-Fi on request
Tour length 7-8 hours
Wai-o-Tapu Geothermal Wonderland and Living Maori Geothermal Village Minimum group size 4, $188 per adult, child 5 to 15, $108, child 4 and under $20.
Group size: Maximum group size is 14, we can run larger tours for private groups, email us for a quote)
Safety: our vehicles have been awarded a 5* safety rating (the maximum) by the New Zealand’s government’s Transport Agency (NZTA) and our drivers are all First Aid trained and attend refresher course every two years.