Rotorua Naturally Tour
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The Bay of Plenty and Rotorua are filled with stunning natural beauty and this tour will highlight these areas to you. We will visit some of the out of the way spots that not everyone knows about and see environments you might not have seen before. There are no large crowds or big buses on this tour. Along the way we will explain the uniqueness that is New Zealand and particularly the geothermal region of Rotorua and its significance to the Maori people.
NOTE: this tour does not visit any of the commercial geothermal reserves. We stay off the tourist routes as much as possible and enjoy seeing things not on most other tours. If you wish to visit a commercial geothermal reserve, please consider our other Rotorua Tours.
Tour Outline: (the order of stops may change on the day)
After meeting you at the Port of Tauranga we begin the tour with a gentle drive along the coast showcasing our stunning white sandy beaches and telling you a little about the region and its history.
We will visit a working Kiwi fruit orchard, where you can get among the vines, taste the green and gold kiwi fruit and sample the kiwi fruit and juices. We explain the significance of the kiwi fruit to the region and tell you a little about its growing cycle. After this its back on the road as we wind our way through the rolling countryside past the dense pine forest plantations and the rushing Kaituna River, to arrive in the geothermal heartland of New Zealand.
We stop to breathe some fresh air and smell the Redwood Forest, regarded as one of Rotorua's environmental treasures. Marvel at the 100 year old redwood trees, some reaching nearly 80 metres tall, and walk through the Memorial grove planted to remember those forestry workers who died serving New Zealand in World war 1. Look for the stunning Silver Fern among the Redwoods and hear the story of its importance to new Zealand.
The next stop is Sulphur Bay on Lake Rotorua, stunning in its own barren way. This is a unique ecological area where the birds and vegetation have adapted to the acidic conditions. We will talk about why the waters are so milky and how geysers and boiling mud pools evolve. We and might even see some boiling hot spots on the waters edge and wonder at how the wildlife survives.
We take a drive through the Government Gardens. This area was gifted to the New Zealand Government by the local Maori tribe the Te Arawa for "the benefit of the people of the world". The impressive Elizabethan style building dominating the grounds was the first investment by the NZ Government in tourism. It has gone from being a health spa facility to now housing the Rotorua museum. We will point out some of the features of the gardens and stop for photos among the impressive flowerbeds. We will also stop to view the Rachel Pool, a historic alkaline hot spring located within the gardens. Temperatures in this silica laden pool can reach up to 212 degrees Fahrenheit.
After driving along the Rotorua lakefront we stop at the city "hot spot" Kuirau Park. We will wander through the park and get up close to some of the active geothermal spots. See bubbling mud pools, steaming lakes and crystal clear hot springs. Soak your feet in the thermal foot bath and feel how soft and silky they feel afterwards!
We travel back to Tauranga via steep sided gorges with great examples of NZ lowland forest. After a great day out we will ensure you are back at the port in plenty of time to board your ship. You will have lasting memories and stunning photos to show of your tour to New Zealand's heartland.
Cost: NZ $99 Adults (16 plus)
NZ $75 Child (5 to 15 years)
NZ $65 Child (0 to 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
Fully guided throughout
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.