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Rotorua and Geothermal Living Maori Village Tour

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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 their "backyard". You will experience an authentic Living Māori Village where people live 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 see 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.

    Your tour also includes a FREE HANGI LUNCH!

    Following your time at the village and Hangi lunch, 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.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    1 The Mall, Mount Maunganui, Tauranga 3116, New Zealand

    Traveler pickup is offered
    The meeting point for passengers off the cruise ships is on the grass by the flag poll just outside the port pedestrian exit gate on Salisbury Avenue. If you are not travelling on a cruise ship then this is still the meeting point unless you have made an alternative arrangement with us.

    Ports
    Tauranga New Zealand
    Departure Time
    9:30 AM
    Duration
    7h
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    Inclusions
    • Experienced professional guide
    • Port pickup and drop-off
    • Maori cultural performance
    • FREE HANGI LUNCH
    • Air-conditioned vehicle
    • Entry/Admission - Whakarewarewa, The Living Maori Village
    Exclusions
    • Personal expenses
    • Souvenir shopping
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • You must provide your own infant/child seat if required
    • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately. We suggest layers with hats and sunscreen
    • Tour departure time may change due to early and/or late ship arrivals and departures. You will be notified at time of booking Please check your emails to confirm tour departure times.
    • Stroller accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Wonderful authentic cultural experience. Great to see a living Maori village. The geothermals are a fascinating sight & quite surreal. If you are sensitive to strong sulpur smells thenyou might need to stay away. The Maori dancers and interludes were educative and fun. The guide
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    Response from Ian-Holroyd, Owner at Rotorua and Geothermal Living Maori Village Tour
    Responded 2 weeks ago
    Thanks for the review you gave us here at CruiseToursTauranga. The Living Maori Village is a fascinating location and one we love to take our clients too when their cruise ships call in at Tauranga, just an hours drive away. Regards Ian
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    We recently took a large group of family members visiting from the U.S., our third group of family members we have taken here, and it has been a favourite of all three groups. The family feel along with the stories of the culture and life there appeal and are enjoyable to our
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    Response from Ian-Holroyd, Owner at Rotorua and Geothermal Living Maori Village Tour
    Responded 2 weeks ago
    Thanks for the review and pleased that your family enjoyed the tours they took with us. Regards Ian
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    Our departure time was pushed back to accommodate the arrival of our cruise ship, which extended the day somewhat but despite the thrum of operators dockside, Cruise Tours Tauranga were easy to locate thanks to their instructions. We arrived early to check in thus had an hour
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    Response from Ian-Holroyd, Owner at Rotorua and Geothermal Living Maori Village Tour
    Responded 3 weeks ago
    Thanks for the review, pleased you had such a good day. Regards Ian
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    Our driver/guide, Gary S. did a great job. He’s a good driver, got us back to the ship on time, provided excellent commentary, and involved everyone. We had a short stop at a honey shop (primarily a pit stop, but also could sample honey, buy ice cream and souvenirs, etc.). At
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    Response from Ian-Holroyd, Owner at Rotorua and Geothermal Living Maori Village Tour
    Responded 3 weeks ago
    Thanks for your very positive review.
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    We had a terrific day on this tour. We were very lucky to be two of six people so we had a very personal service from our tour guide Gary Stickler. We got to see so much in one day. The traditional village was amazing. The Maori guy was very friendly and interesting, we really
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    Response from Ian-Holroyd, Owner at Rotorua and Geothermal Living Maori Village Tour
    Responded 3 weeks ago
    Thanks so much for your very kind review, Gary will be so pleased to know you had a really good day, as this is waht we strive for with all of our clients. Regards Ian
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    Jim, owner/operator of Archer Tours was fabulous
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    Great day out
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    Unique experience - worth a visit.
    Wonderful authentic cultural experience. Great to see a living Maori village. The geothermals are a fascinating
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    Always a Favourite of our family from out of town.
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    dimityp2015
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    Hot pools and Cool treats
    Our departure time was pushed back to accommodate the arrival of our cruise ship, which extended the day somewhat
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    Lorowell
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    Excellent tour
    Our driver/guide, Gary S. did a great job. He’s a good driver, got us back to the ship on time, provided
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    200karenw200
    Forbes, Australia
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    Incredible
    We had a terrific day on this tour. We were very lucky to be two of six people so we had a very personal service
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    coralhorton
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    Rotarua
    A nice tour with Garry. But the bus is so small and narrow the whole experience felt cramped. We saw a fair bit
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    MinCA
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    Great way to see Rotorua’
    The van picked us up near our ship. Warning to folks with long legs -seats are VERY tight. Our driver/guide Garry
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    drisc011
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    Rotorua and Geothermal Living Maori Village Tour
    Very enjoyable! Our guide, Gary S., was knowledgeable and entertaining, and the village and its culture, unique.
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    suefroggatt
    Boston, United Kingdom
    133
    Beautiful
    I feel I must write this review to thank Garry our guide for the day. He made our day with him the highlight of
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    stevennr4p
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    Originally booked tour for 930am. A week before the tour I received 3 messages and txt that tour was moved
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