Rotorua City: 1-hour Private Guided Walking Tour
- Visit one of New Zealand's only living Maori and geothermal villages - also the spiritual home to the well known Morrison family.
- See how mother nature provides for daily bathing, cooking and heating.
- Enter one of the few beautifully carved churches left in New Zealand and take time to appreciate its peacefulness.
- Meet knowledgeable and friendly locals that are passionate about sharing their culture, history and stories with people from around the world.
- Learn why Rotorua is the birthplace of tourism in New Zealand and the cultural heart of the Nation.
Ohinemutu became the main centre for the Rotorua region in the early 1870s. Visitors, including royalty, arrived at this bustling settlement before going on to visit the Pink and White terraces at Lake Tarawera, and to experience the healing waters of Rotorua. Today the village retains a sense of importance. The large meeting house provides the setting for many significant occasions for the people of this area. Visitors may also encounter community events like a wedding, funeral, concert or a tribal meeting on the tour of which the guide will explain. View the cooking arrangements over the boiling hot water vents and see the outdoor bathing sheds. Ohinemutu is home to the Te Papaiouru Marae and the Tama-te-Kapua meeting house, named after the paramount chief and captain of the Te Arawa canoe. The carving on the large meeting house is exquisite and highlighted by hundreds of inlaid shiny paua shells. Although the house is not open to the public the guide will explain its significance and visitors can still enjoy it from the outside. Towards the lake's edge is the historic and magnificently decorated St Faith’s Church, which was completed in 1914. While its exterior is Tudor-style, the church interior has a strong Māori influence, with beautiful carvings and woven panels. A memorable feature is a window etched with the image of Jesus wearing a Māori cloak (korowai) – he appears to be walking across the surface of the lake.
The guides are specialists in Rotorua history, Maori myth and legends, sharing their knowledge and life experiences of growing up within Rotorua and being Maori and or being married to Maori and having Maori children. After the tour visitors are encouraged to stroll through the area revisting particular spots of interest. Visitors that book a private walkng tour help contribute towards maintaining the historic buildings and sites for everyone to enjoy and will leave with a better understanding and appreciation of a rich and living culture.
- A private one hour guided tour that is personalized to suit
- Entry into St Faith's Anglican church
Prepare for the activity
• It is wheelchair friendly and is outdoors so visitors are recommended to have appropriate footwear, clothing and accessories
• It is best to have children in their strollers for the duration of the tour and to be supervised at all times
• If visitors have special requirements, it is recommend that these are made clear at the time of booking