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Rotorua and Geothermal Living Maori Village Tour

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    What to Expect
    After meeting at the Port of Tauranga, your tour begins with a gentle drive past Mount Maunganui and along the coast showcasing the stunning white sandy beaches. Hear Maori legends and learn why the area was named the Bay of Plenty.


    Stopping at a Kiwi fruit orchard, you will have a chance to view the vines and taste the green and gold kiwi fruits and juices. Learn about the significance of the kiwi fruit to the region. Then it’s back on the road as you wind your way through the rolling countryside past the dense pine forest plantations to arrive in Rotorua. Your next stop is the Redwood Forest where you will take a walk among the impressive trees. There are also great examples of the unique Silver Fern of New Zealand.


    Upon arrival at Whakawerawera Living Maori Village your friendly local guide will introduce you to their "backyard". You will experience an authentic Living Māori Village where people live using the natural geothermal resources to cook, bathe and heat their homes on a daily basis. You'll learn about vibrant Māori Culture and traditions, and watch a greenstone carving demonstration

    You'll also view the geothermal wonders of Whakarewarewa Geothermal Valley up close and personal, including the world famous Pohutu geyser, boiling mud-pools, steam vents and bubbling pools. You'll see a cooking demonstration and watch as residents prepare Hangi meals in in-ground steam boxes and cook corn in the bubbling water of geothermal hot pools. You'll take in the various historical landmarks and buildings, including an active Marae, the WWII Memorial Archway, two historic churches, and tapu (sacred) burial grounds and you'll enjoy a cultural performance with traditional song and dance, and experience the fearsome Haka, with bulging eyes and beating chests, made famous by NZ Sporting teams.

    Your tour also includes a FREE HANGI LUNCH!

    Following your time at the village and Hangi lunch, you'll take a Rotorua city highlights tour through the famous Government Gardens.  The impressive Elizabethan style building dominating the grounds has gone from being a health spa facility to now housing the Rotorua museum. Your guide will point out some of the features of the gardens, including the Blue Baths and Rachels Spring, and you'll stop for photos among the impressive flowerbeds. 


    Your tour will end with drop-off back at the Port.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    1 The Mall, Mount Maunganui, Tauranga 3116, New Zealand

    Traveler pickup is offered
    The meeting point for passengers off the cruise ships is on the grass by the flag poll just outside the port pedestrian exit gate on Salisbury Avenue. If you are not travelling on a cruise ship then this is still the meeting point unless you have made an alternative arrangement with us.

    Tauranga New Zealand
    Departure Time
    9:30 AM
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • Experienced professional guide
    • Port pickup and drop-off
    • Maori cultural performance
    • Comfortable air-conditioned transport
    • Entry/Admission - Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village
    • Personal expenses
    • Souvenir shopping
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • You must provide your own infant/child seat if required
    • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately. We suggest layers with hats and sunscreen
    • Tour departure time may change due to early and/or late ship arrivals and departures. You will be notified at time of booking Please check your emails to confirm tour departure times.
    • Stroller accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    We were so fortunate to have Irene as our tour guide for the day. She is knowledgeable, attentive and lovely. Our visit to the Maori Village was a true eye-opener. How anyone can live in a crater of an active volcano with steam coming through the earth all around the village
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    Communications with Karen Conroy of the tour company for a private tour were great. Everything for our tour was prearranged. We were met at the dock by Garry and quickly escorted to the van for our private tour (my wife and I and two other couples). We first drove to Mount
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    Lots of driving here, but if you get a good, informative and entertaining driver like Susanna, you learn a lot along the way. They were easy to find as we got off the pier, and well organized. The village itself gives one a really good overview of a lot of history in one
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    Wow! Touring a villiage on top of steam vents and gysers! You can cook all of your meals in the hot pools or over the steam vents! Corn only needs seconds to cook! What a great idea! Meat that is cooked moist and tender! I really enjoyed eating the food cooked this way! You
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    We went with Gary on an awesome tour on feb 18 and first of all Karen and Susan and the whole tour company is awesome. Everything so organized and we were guided by Gary and he is so knowledgeable and informative about everything we saw and the history and lore of the country.
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