Rotorua – heartland of New Zealand’s Maori culture. Surrounded by steaming lakes, bubbling hot pools and bursting geysers, Rotorua is host to some of the worlds most incredible earth forces, capturing all that is precious and unique – feel its spirit ~ Mannakitanga.
Visit the Rotorua Museum of Art & History for an insight into this fascinating thermal area. The Rotorua Museum inhabits a building that is a national icon, recognisable throughout the world. The lavishly designed Tudor-style building opened as a spa in 1908 and was later refurbished to reopen as the Museum it is today.
Enjoy lunch at one of the local restaurants (cost not included).
Continue to the Maori Arts and Crafts Institute and Te Puia Thermal Valley. See Maori people weaving traditional flax objects, and continue to the thermal area where exploding from the ground up to 30 metres high is the world famous Pohutu Geyser – an awesome display of mother nature’s power. Ten to 20 times a day it bursts into life; a tourist attraction since the early 1900’s. See silica terraces, bubbling mud pools and unique geothermal vegetation - each of the geothermal wonders is woven into a legend surrounded by memories and sometimes mystery.
You will be returned to Tauranga to embark your cruise vessel following your touring (approximately 8 hours duration).
- Private transfers (from ship) and touring as noted
- Entrance to Rotorua Museum
- Entrance to Te Puia Thermal Reserve and Maori Arts and Crafts Centre
- New Zealand Goods and Services Tax at 15%