You will see
- Flax weaving
- Kiwibird at Te Puia
- Maori cultural performance
- Maori wood carving
- Native NZ wildlife at Rainbow Springs
- Rotorua City sights
- Stunning Trout at Rainbow Springs
- Te Puia - geysers & mud pools
Depart Tauranga for Rotorua, passing through Te Puke, the home of the New Zealand Kiwifruit. Time permitting we will stop at KIWI360 a showcase of the Kiwifruit industry and taste various products from this amazing fruit. Our route continues through farmland, native bush and forested areas past Lake Rotoiti and Lake Rotorua, just 2 of the 16 lakes in this region.
Arriving at Te Whakarewarewa - Puia, the home of the Maori Arts and Crafts Institute and the location of the famous Pohutu geyser. We visit the carving school and see craftsman fashion traditional wood carvings, then move on to watch the Maori women demonstrate flax weaving.
We then await the formal invitation on to the Marae where a Maori cultural performance will be given in one of few fully carved meeting houses in New Zealand, a place of special spiritual significance to Maori.
Here you will see the traditional songs, dances and demonstrations of fighting skills [including the famous Haka].Then a short walk through the geothermal valley of Whakarewarewa to view the mud pools, the famous Pohutu geyser and hot pools that make Te Puia unique. See New Zealand's iconic flightless bird, the Kiwi in a purpose built Kiwi-house. Explore the recreated traditional Maori fortified village.
Departing Te Puia, we traverse the city of Rotorua to Mt Ngongotaha where we take the Skyline Skyride gondola up to the panoramic restaurant. Here we have a buffet lunch overlooking the lake far below. Feeling adventurous, then buy a ticket for the awesome Luge ride back down the mountain.
Following lunch, we descend the mountain by the Gondola and a short 5 minute walk takes us to Rainbow Springs. This is a showcase for much of New Zealand's flora and fauna in a beautiful setting. The cool clear waters of the Rainbow Spring are a magnet for local Trout. See the Tuatara, a survivor of prehistoric New Zealand. Many of the native birds of New Zealand can be viewed here.
We then return to Tauranga by a different route, passing through native New Zealand forest and farm land. A chance to see a little of the city before crossing the harbour bridge to rejoin the ship at Mount Maunganui.
If there are just a few of you interested in this tour and you would like to keep the costs down, then why not place a message on our "Tour Share" facility to find others on your ship to join you. You will first need to Register and create a "My Cruise" account. You could also post on sites like Cruise Critic or FaceBook.
- Buffet lunch at the Panorama Restaurant
- Comfortable air-conditioned transport
- Entry fees to Te Puia and Maori concert
- Entry to Rainbow Springs
- Entry to Skyline Skyrides
- Experienced guide
- The "big splash" at Rainbow Springs
- Rides on the Luge at Skyline Skyrides
- Meet your guide just outside the port pedestrian exit gate in Salisbury Avenue. This is also the drop off point at the end of the tour
- 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 includes walking, with some inclines and steps on well made paths, plus a low level Gondola ride up to the Restaurant
- 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
Russell was a great guide and made sure that we saw and experienced everything. Great day!
A Kaiser, USA [Feb 14]
Is it suitable for children
Yes they will love the thermal activity, the Skyline ride and the animals at Rainbow Springs
Is there much walking
At Te Puia and Rainbow Springs there is a little walking but it is on well made paths and short-cuts are available
What sort of meal is it
A buffet lunch is provided. Drinks are at your cost
Can i do the luge run at Skyline Slyrides
Yes, you will need to buy your own ticket though.
Is the new "Big Spash" ride suitable for all ages?
Yes, its lots of fun but very safe, you may get a little wet though. Rides are included in the entry fee.
Our group is larger than 24 persons, can you do larger groups?
Yes we can do larger groups if needed. We have only listed rates for group up to 24 on most of our tours as above that number we need to quote specifically for each group. Just contact us with your requirements and we will be happy to assist.