The Thermal Wonderland & Maori Culture at its best.
Departing Port of Tauranga for Rotorua; travelling along the pristine waterfront of Mount Maunganui ocean beach. We continue on to Te Puke, home of the New Zealand Kiwifruit. Time permitting we will stop at Kiwi 360, a showcase of the Kiwifruit industry where you get to taste various products from this amazing fruit. View some native New Zealand fauna with a short walk along the Kaituna River to Okere Waterfalls. We continue on to Rotorua, passing Lake Rotoiti and Lake Rotorua, which are just 2 of the 16 lakes in the region.
Other highlights: Lake Rotorua situated in the city centre 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. 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. Government Gardens, the famous Rotorua Bath House, Museum, the Art Deco Blue Baths and Rachel’s Pool. Travel through Native New Zealand forest and farm land. You will get to see the Alpaca’s and deer farms and many small local orchards. Tauranga inner city before crossing the harbour bridge to rejoin your ship at Mount Maunganui.
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