Small-Group Tour of Rotorua Geothermal Living Maori Village
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Activity Summary

Depart from Tauranga and visit an authentic Living Maori Village deep in the geothermal region of Rotorua on this full-day excursion. Discover The Living Māori Village and learn how the villagers have adapted to the harsh environment. You tour will also include visits to a working kiwi fruit orchard, the Redwood forest, famous Government Gardens and Rotorua Lake. This is a small group tour with a maximum group size of 15 travelers per booking.

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  • Tauranga, New Zealand , New Zealand
  • 7 hours
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Frans R

Good trip with a good guide. Loved the kiwi farm and the Maori village.

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What To Expect

After meeting 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 will have a chance to view the vines and taste the green and gold kiwi fruits and juices. Learn about the significance of the kiwi fruit to the region. Then it’s back on the road as you wind your way through the rolling countryside past the dense pine forest plantations to arrive in Rotorua. Your next stop is the Redwood Forest where you will take a walk among the impressive trees. There are also great examples of the unique Silver Fern of New Zealand.
Upon arrival at Whakawerawera Living Maori Village your friendly local guide will introduce you to the "backyard". You will experience an authentic Living Māori Village where people live on a daily basis using the natural geothermal resources to cook, bathe and heat their homes on a daily basis. You'll learn about vibrant Māori Culture and traditions, and watch a greenstone carving demonstration

You'll also view the geothermal wonders of Whakarewarewa Geothermal Valley up close and personal, including the world famous Pohutu geyser, boiling mud-pools, steam vents and bubbling pools. You'll a cooking demonstration and watch as residents prepare Hangi meals in in-ground steam boxes and cook corn in the bubbling water of geothermal hot pools. You'll take in the various historical landmarks and buildings, including an active Marae, the WWII Memorial Archway, two historic churches, and tapu (sacred) burial grounds and you'll enjoy 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.

Following your time at the village and lunch (at own expense) in a scenic location, you'll take a Rotorua city highlights tour through the famous Government Gardens.  The impressive Elizabethan style building dominating the grounds has gone from being a health spa facility to now housing the Rotorua museum. Your guide will point out some of the features of the gardens, including the Blue Baths and Rachels Spring, and you'll stop for photos among the impressive flowerbeds. 
Your tour will end with drop-off back at the Port.

Inclusions & Exclusions

  • Experienced professional guide
  • Port pickup and drop-off
  • Living Maori Village entrance fees 
  • Maori cultural performance
  • Bottled water
  • Comfortable air-conditioned transport
  • Lunch
  • Personal expenses
  • Souvenir shopping
  • Returns to original departure point
  • Small-group tour
  • Day trip (destination A to B)
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Infant rates include own seat
  • A moderate amount of walking is involved
  • Family Friendly Tour
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately. We suggest layers with hats and sunscreen
  • Collapsible wheelchairs can be  accommodated providing the passenger is accompanied by someone who can assist them board and disembark
  • Tour departure time may change due to early and/or late ship arrivals and departures. You will be notified at time of booking.
Cancelation Policy
  • If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
    If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
    If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.