After getting picked up at the pier, your first stop will be a town called Te Puke, which claims to be the "Kiwifruit Capital of the World." Originally brought over from South Eastern China in the early 1900s, this area now accounts for 20% of global production and we'll take you for some samples straight off the vine. Juice, wine, and liquor will also be available for sample at the famous Kiwi360 orchard, which is owned by a former New Zealand national team rugby player. Kiwi has never tasted so good!
The main attraction of your trip is Te Puia. Located on the edge of a thermal valley, it follows the line of a volcanic rift, allowing boiling water, geysers, and bubbling mud to come to the surface. Plug your nose from the sulfur smell or let it cleanse your pores as you travel the grounds. Learn how this area is one of the many examples of New Zealand's unique geographic landscape. Your guide will do their best to arrive at the famous Pohutu Geyser just as it erupts in spectacular fashion.
Within the grounds is a Maori meeting house, where you will experience a traditional show. The Maori are the indigenous people of New Zealand and originated from eastern Polynesia, arriving by canoe over 5,000 years ago. Considered one of the best cultural performances in New Zealand, it begins with a historic "wero," or welcome, where a Maori warrior armed with a weapon performs a fierce challenge before finally giving your group permission to enter the longhouse. Along the grounds, you will also learn about a Maori war canoe, see a reconstruction of a pre-European Maori village, and go inside a traditional Maori carving school.
While journeying back to Tauranga, you will stop at Kuirau Park to explore the beautiful Government Gardens. Boiling geothermal pools and well-tended flowers are just steps away from each other. The historic Rotorua Museum, housed in the historic Bath House building, is a focal point here as well. This is one of the most photographed spots in the entire city and it won't take you long to figure out why.
Departures: 08:45 AM, 09:30 AM,
Meeting instructions: Specific pick up or taxi instructions will appear on your voucher after you purchase your trip.
Special instructions: - Entrance fees to Te Puia and the Maori Concert are included in the price of this tour.
- Lunch is not included in the price of this tour. Time is built in for lunch during your time in Te Puia.
- Please wear comfortable walking shoes.