This tour operates as a small group tour: which allows a more flexible, freindly and enjoyable day rather than large coach tours! We pick you up from your accommodation in Rotorua in the morning, taking you to the first venue, the Lady Knox Geyser!
At 10.15am each day there is the opportunity to learn the history and mechanics of the Lady Knox Geyser during a presentation by an informed guide in a natural amphitheater. It provides a unique opportunity to see a geyser in eruption to heights of 10 to 20 meters.
After which a short journey to Wia-o-tapu geothermal wonderland to experience volcanic activity, thousands of years in the making. Wai-O-Tapu is considered to be New Zealand’s most colourful and diverse geothermal sightseeing attraction. You are introduced to a uniquely different natural landscape – the key to what you see lies below the surface – one of the most extensive geothermal systems in New Zealand.
Clearly defined tracks provide the you with the opportunity to enjoy the diversity of this area through a series of different walks taking from 30 to 75 minutes or more, each with their own unique volcanic vistas to fascinate all ages.The nature of the reserve being an active volcanic area with undulating terrain.
The Living Maori Village Upon arriving at the Living Maori Village, you will be greeted by a friendly, local guide who is a direct descendant of early Maori who have shaped tourism in New Zealand for generations.
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. View the geothermal wonders of Whakarewarewa valley up close and personal, including the world famous Pohutu geyser, boiling mud-pools, steam vents, and bubbling pools.
Develop an understanding of the history of the area as you learn what it is like to live in the challenging environment of the Whakarewarewa Valley, where daily life includes cooking in the bubbling pools and steam vents, and bathing in the refreshing therapeutic waters.
After your guided tour, you will be treated to a cultural performance like no other. Each performance includes Waiata (or songs) of history, Patere (rhythmic chants), stick games, poi dancing, and the world-famous HAKA war challenge. Many of these talented performing artists have followed in the footsteps of their parents and grandparents as Māori performers.
A truly special day filled with wonder and amazement with memories that will last a lifetime!
- What Will You Do- Explore Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland on a small group morning tour
- Watch the Lady Knox Geyser erupt, see the hot bubbling mud pool and the Champagne Lake
- Discover Maori culture with a Maori guide in Rotorua’s Whakarewarewa valley
- What Is Included- Transport
- Pickup Drop off at Tauranga Port
- Entrance to Te Whakarewa Valley in Rotorua
- Official guides at Both Venues
- Driver /Guides on Vehicle
- Cold Bottled water
- What Is Not Included- Lunch
- Transfers- We pick up from your hotel or place of accommodation in Rotorua (including Air BnB)
- Transport is in a small 2016/17 luxury vehicle, (no large groups or coaches)