We had an excellent excursion from Tauranga, where our cruise ship docked. Pete picked us up and drove us inland for an hour to Rotorua and on to the Wai-o-Tapo “thermal wonderland” which is a fair description of the area famous for its coloured springs, bubbling mud and volcanic craters. With some careful planning by email we managed to see the Lady Knox geyser in action, and Pete guided us on an hour’s walk around the astonishing sights. We went on to see the redwoods, soaked our feet at a favourite hot water spot, and snapped a photo of another geyser, Te Puia, from a secret viewing place he showed us which otherwise would have cost us $40 pp entry and taken at at least two hours from our short day (simply in order to watch folk dancing etc in the theme park). We could not have accomplished the trip so well without his detailed knowledge of the area and expert advice about what was possible in the time. He had snacks, water, sodas, brochures, and an array of scrapbooks available in his minibus and was thoughtful and cheerful all day (having told us “I don’t want to return visitors grumpy and neither do I want to end the day grumpy!”) We cannot recommend his services highly enough. Thank you, Pete.
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