You will see
- Blue Baths & Rachel's Pool
- Flax weaving
- Geothermal pools & geysers
- Government Gardens
- Kiwifruit orchards
- Rotorua Bath House
- Rotorua City and Lake
Your experience today begins when we greet you just outside the port gates and introduce you to your guide for this small group tour to see the Highlights of Rotorua and especially the Living Maori Village of Whakarewarewa.
We take the inland route, over the harbour bridge and through Tauranga to join the old drovers road to Rotorua. This historic route, carved by the first Maori settlers many hundreds of years ago, passes through stunning scenery, forests and deep gorges.
Arriving in Rotorua we begin by visiting the highlights of this famous tourist town. You will see Government Gardens, the Historic Bath House, Rotorua Museum, the Blue Baths, Rachel's Pool and then along the Lake front to drive past the Te Arawa Waka [canoe] to our lunch destination at the Lakeside Cafe, which offers a great selection of meals and snacks [your cost]. A little time perhaps after lunch to stroll along the lake front or to St Faiths Church and the Ohinemutu Maori Village which is just a 5 minute walk.
We then board the mini coach for a short drive to the Whakarewarewa geothermal valley and location of The Living Maori Village, our destination for the afternoon.
Here we will be met by our Maori guide who will take us through this unique destination on a one hour guided walk of the village, where for over 200 years the Tuhourangi/Ngati Wahiao tribe have welcomed visitors into their backyard.
You will experience an authentic Living Maori Village where people live on a daily basis using the natural resources to cook, bathe and heat their homes. We also include a traditional cultural performance set in the heart of the village where you will see the fearsome Haka, plus dance, song and much more.
You will be able to view the geothermal wonders of Whakarewarewa Valley, including the world famous Pohutu geyser, boiling mud-pools, steam vents and bubbling pools with names such as Parekohuru and Korotiotio.
Still feeling a little peckish, then chance to buy some Hangi cooked corn on the cob or a Hangi Pie [your cost] before departing for Tauranga.
Our route back to the ship follows the coastal road, passing Lake Rotorua and Lake Rotoiti, through plantation forests and kiwi fruit orchards - for which the Bay of Plenty is famous.
We then return to the ship in good time for its departure.
If you would to do this tour as a shared tour then see the "Standard Tours" tab and tour code TRG-7.
- Entry to Whakarewarewa Living Maori Village
- Experienced Private Guide
- Guided tour of Whakarewarewa
- Maori Cultural Performance
- Lunch, but time allowed to buy your own
- This tour requires some walking on well made paths, gentle inclines and some steps.
- Tours depart at the time shown on the web site unless this conflicts with the ships ETA or ETD, in which case the tour will operate so that you are back in port at least one hour before sailing. Please meet us at least 15 minutes prior to the departure time.
- This tour is not suitable for users of mobility scooters [unless very small collapsible ones] or electric wheelchairs. Folding manual wheelchairs can be accommodated, but passengers must be able to enter a coach or minibus using the standard steps. Our staff can assist.
please contact us for a quotation for your group
I'm not able to walk very far.
While the tour requires some walking it is on well made paths and distances are not great, just a few hundred meters.
Are entry fees included
Yes entry to Whakarewarewa village and the maori cultural performance are included in the tour cost.
What if the ships arrival and departure times do not match this tour.
When a ship is arriving or departing at times that do not suit our normal tour times, then we adjust these times to suit. These adjusted times are shown on your voucher when you make a booking and also on the "prices" tab of the tour details on the web site, if you have created a "my cruise" account.