Rotorua Living Maori Village Tour
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If you are interested in the Maori culture of New Zealand and want to understand more about the geothermal wonderland of Rotorua then this is the perfect tour for you. You will learn about the Bay of Plenty, how the Maori came to be here and their important journey to Rotorua. You will tour an authentic "Living Village" with a direct descendant of the Maori guides who have been sharing their stories and backyard for over 200 years, and enjoy a cultural performance complete with the famous Haka. A wonderful day tour full of geothermal wonders, history and culture.
After meeting you 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 have a chance to view the vines and taste the green and gold kiwi fruit and juices and learn about the significance of the kiwi fruit to the region. Then it’s back on the road as we wind our way through the rolling countryside past the dense pine forest plantations and stunning lakes Rotoiti and Rotorua, to arrive in Rotorua. Our next stop is a visit to the Redwood Forest where we take a walk among these impressive trees and see the iconic New Zealand Silver Ferns.
On arrival at Whakawerawera Living Maori Village your friendly local Māori guide will introduce you to their "backyard". You will get a chance to:
Experience an authentic Living Māori Village where people live on a daily basis. Learn what it is like to live in the challenging environment of Whakarewarewa Valley where daily life includes cooking in the bubbling pools and steam vents, and bathing in the refreshing therapeutic waters.
Learn about vibrant Māori culture and traditions, and watch a greenstone carving demonstration
View the geothermal wonders of Whakarewarewa Geothermal Valley, including the world famous Pohutu geyser, boiling mud-pools, steam vents and bubbling mud pools.
See how the locals prepare and cook Hangi meals in the in-ground steam boxes and cook corn in the bubbling water of the geothermal hot pools..
Take in the various historical landmarks and buildings, including an active Marae, our WWII Memorial Archway, two historic churches, and tapu (sacred) burial grounds.
Watch 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.
Enjoy a Hangi lunch at the Village cafe and taste the delicious, moist food cooked in the underground geothermal stream boxes.
After our time at the village and lunch in a scenic location, we take a Rotorua city highlights tour through the famous Government Gardens. The impressive Elizabethan style building dominating the grounds was the first health spa in New Zealand and now houses the Rotorua museum. We will point out some of the features of the gardens, including the Blue Baths and Rachel's Spring, and stop for photos among the impressive flowerbeds.
Next we will drive along the Rotorua lakefront inhabited by lots of birdlife and a favourite recreation spot for locals and tourists before heading back to the Port via steep gorges and lowland forest. Time permitting we make a stop at a family run Manuka Honey factory store where you can see the live bee display and taste the famous New Zealand Manuka Honey. You might even like to try a delicious Manuka Honey Ice cream made from their own honey.
After a great day out we will guarantee you are back at the port in plenty of time to board your ship, taking with you lots of wonderful memories from your tour with us into New Zealand's heartland!
Cost: NZ $145 Adults
NZ $110 Child (5-15 years)
NZ $70 Infant (0-4 years)
For private or group bookings over 10 persons please contact us
Length: 6 hours (approximately)
Includes: Pick up and Drop off Tauranga Port or local accommodation
All Entrance fees, fully guided tour
Hangi lunch in Village cafe
We always adjust the tour start and end times to suit the ships time in port so no need to worry about being back in time. The times are confirmed when you make your booking and you will also be advised should the ships time change after you have booked.