The Rotorua Cultural and Geothermal Experience tour was a lot of fun. Seeing geysers, boiling lakes and a Maori cultural village with a very entertaining show were interesting and fun. Paul, our tour guide was very helpful, and extremely informative. For someone who has only a brief time to spend in the Tauranga area, this tour provides an excellent overview of the New Zealand native culture, and its unique topography.
Just one hour from Tauranga City, Rotorua is the heart of Maori culture and a geothermal wonderland. With its thermal springs, boiling mud pools, steaming fissures and geysers, Rotorua, nestled among crater lakes of crystalline colour and clarity is a 'must see'!
Here in Rotorua, you can experience indigenous culture with a Maori Welcome and concert. You can also see traditional crafts such as flax-weaving and wood-carving which have been passed on through the generations at Te Puia, Maori Arts and Crafts Institute. If seeing a real life kiwi (bird) is on your New Zealand bucket list, Rotorua is the place to tick that off too.
For the adventurous, enjoy the adrenaline rush of some of the exciting activities available with whitewater rafting, the swoop, the luge, and the freefall, to mention but a few.
For a relaxing time in Rotorua, you can't go past a soak in the waters of the Polynesian Pools. Take a trip back in time at the Bathhouse or if visiting a working farm is high on your agenda, view the world famous Sheep Show at The Agrodome.
Below are several tour options that Tauranga Tasting Tours and Charters offer:
Rotorua Day Tours
Option 1: Rotorua Cultural and Geothermal Experience (full day)
Travel from ship-side, over the harbour bridge & through Tauranga's CBD, before leaving the city & travelling through scenic countryside en route for Rotorua. After proceeding to Te Puia, the Maori Cultural Centre, clients are given a personalsied tour of the old pa site, through the thermal grounds (of boiling mud, geysers etc) & shown the wood-carving/flax-weaving school. This is followed by a.Maori Welcome and concert. On leaving Te Puia we travel through Rotorua's CBD, stopping at Eat Street for lunch (at client's cost). We then travel along the lakefront, through The Government Gardens, stopping at Rotorua Museum, the Historic Bathhouse, to explain the history of this fine old building. We return to Tauranga via a different route, which provides clients the opportunity to view different scenery.. En route we stop at Kiwifruit Country, where the kiwifruit industry is explained, from planting to edible fruit. To end the tour, we travel along our beautiful waterfront & beach, before returning to ship-side or your accommodation. While travelling, your driver/guide for the tour will give a commnentary explaing points of interest.
Option 2: Transport Only (Exclusive)
For small groups that want a bit more freedom, we have a transport only tour with clients choosing venues and activities in Rotorua.
Popular attractions include Skyline Gondola and Luge, Rainbow Springs Nature Park, Agrodome Farm Show, Polynesian Spa, Redwoods Tree Walk and the Buried Village.
We recommend choosing 1 or 2 activities with time to briefly explore Rotorua city highlights before returning to Tauranga.
Allow minimum 5 hours.
Inclusions Nineteen seater bus and driver
Cost $580.00 Total
To book a transport only, fill in our form on our contact us page.
LOCAL TASTING TOUR
The Local Tasting Tour has wine tastings of 3 winery's products & finishes with a cocktail & dessert at the Iki Bar in the historic old Post Office building which is now the boutique Clarence Hotel in Tauranga's CBD. Pick up can be from the Port of Tauranga or local accommodation.
We are still also taking our group tour to The Red Barn.
The details of this farm experience can be seen at www.smore.com/x58v1-the-red-barn