|Tour #RTFD||Price Adult: NZ
||Child: NZ$95.00 (5-14yrs)
|Duration: 7 hours
||Includes: All entry fees
Depart Port of Tauranga for Rotorua; we travel along the pristine waterfront of Mount Maunganui seaside resort . We continue on to Te Puke, the home of the New Zealand Kiwifruit, which happens to be the regions largest GDP industry. This region will showcase the Kiwifruit industry as you drive along and later in the day you get to taste various products, including gold kiwi and juice .Your first stop is at Comvita where you will learn all about the bees but more importantly our Manuka honey. This product is another great revenue stream for New Zealand due to its proven medicinal benefits. Again you will be able to taste the honey and try some of the beauty products, or maybe you prefer a cup of coffee or a honey icecream at this stop. Our route continues through farmland, and then pine forested areas, which are other large income earners for this region. We take a short detour to view some native New Zealand fauna with a short stop to view the adrenaline junkies as they cascade the Kaituna Rapids & falls in their kayaks and rafts. We continue on to Rotorua, passing Lake Rotoiti and Lake Rotorua, which are just 2 of the 16 lakes in the region.
You may enjoy a short break for some lunch (not inclusive) down alongside Lake Rotorua situated in the city centre before your next stop which is to experience the unique Thermal Wonderland which this area has to offer. You will take a tour of Whakarewarewa Thermal region and Maori village. A living village situated in a landscape of erupting geothermal activity, hot thermal springs and hot bubbling mud pools. This is the location of the famous Pohutu Geyser. You will be hosted by a wonderful local Maori guide and experience a people who have come to live in harmony midst this unique environment of geothermal wonders.
See first-hand how the geothermal activity is used in everyday life with hot springs and steam vents used for cooking (natural cooktops and ovens) and the natural mineral waters used for communal bathing. Mingle with the villagers who are always delighted to share their knowledge and pastimes within the Whakarewarewa Village, the place they call home. Learn about the traditions and culture which has been passed down and upheld for generations. Visit the fully carved meeting house Whare Tupuna (ancestral home), after which you will experience a traditional Maori welcome, traditional songs, dances and demonstrations of fighting skills including the famous Haka. This is a concert not to miss.
Its time to depart the friendly local community village and continue your days’ journey through Rotorua City to sight see the formal Government Gardens, the famous Rotorua Bath House, Museum, and Rachel’s Spring which boils constantly at 212 Deg F.
We then return to Tauranga by a different route, with opportunity to stop an admire Hamurana Spring’s crystal clear blue waters . On arrival at Tauranga you will have the opportunity to see a little of the inner city and its downtown shops before crossing the harbour bridge to rejoin your ship at Mount Maunganui.