You will see
- Blue Baths & Rachels Pool
- Bubbling mud pools
- Flax weaving
- Government Gardens
- Great scenery
- Kiwi Bird enclosure
- Kiwi fruit orchards
- Lady Knox geyser
- Lake Rotorua
- Maori culural concert
- Maori wood carving
- Rotorua Bath House
Departing Tauranga for Rotorua we travel through forests and farmland heading inland to the most active geothermal area in New Zealand. Known as the Bay of Plenty, the area is famous for the iconic Kiwifruit and you will see the vines on your journey. We pass by Lake Rotoiti and Lake Rotorua before arriving at Wai-O-Tapu
Here, the Lady Knox Geyser erupts at 10.15am daily and is capable of reaching heights of 20 metres. Next we embark on a short walk through a wonderland of stunning geothermal activity and unique features, including the world famous champagne pool, bubbling mud, steaming ground, expansive vistas, huge volcanic craters and sinter terrace formations.
Time for a light lunch will be allowed either at Wai-O-Tapu or the next destination of Te Puia. This can be included as part of your tour program, or your group can buy their own.
Our next destination after a short drive to Rotorua is Te Whakarewarewa - Te Puia, the home of the Maori Arts and Crafts Institute and the famous Pohutu geyser. The whole valley of Whakarewarewa is a geothermal "hot spot" and you will witness eruptions, bubbling mud pools and steaming lakes.
A highlight is the Cultural Performance on the Marae, performed in the meeting house, a place of special spiritual significance to Maori' where you will see the traditional songs, dances and demonstrations of fighting skills [including the Haka] performed.
Te Puia offers so much to see, so we will visit the carving school, flax weaving area, recreated traditional village, plus the Kiwi House, where in a special enclosure you may see our national bird in a recreated forest floor environment.
Leaving Te Puia we take a short tour through Rotorua City to see the famous Victorian Bath House, Government Gardens and Blue Baths, before returning to Tauranga.
This tour is also available as a Standard small group shared tour, see tour code TRG-15 for details.
- Comfortable transport and experienced guide
- Entry to Te Puia
- Entry to the traditional Maori performance
- Entry to Wai-O-Tapu
- Meals are not included in this tour but there will be time to buy lunch at either Wai-O-Tapu or Te Puia cafes.
- This tour requires some walking on well made paths, gentle inclines and some steps. A range of walks can be taken at Wai-O-Tapu to suit your ability
- 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
What if the ship arrives after the scheduled tour start time
We always check ship arrival times and change departure times to allow you to join the tour.
The geyser at Wai-O-Tapu erupts at 10.15 am daily, will I miss this
We usually start this tour at 8am to allow time to get to Wai-O-Tapu in good time to see the geyser.
Will I be collected and dropped off at the ship?
Yes, we meet you just outside the ports pedestrian exit gate in Salisbury Avenue, this is also the dropping off point at the end of the tour.
Is this tour suitable for wheelchair users?
If you are able to board a small coach or minibus with assistance then we are happy to store any folding wheelchair in the vehicle. The destinations have well made paths suitable for wheelchairs, though you may only be able to do the first part of the walk at Wai-O-Tapu
There are no prices given for this tour, why?
You will need to contact us to give us details of your group so we can provide a quotation, as the cost does vary depending on how big the group is.