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Rotorua: Cultural and Rejuvenation Tour

Product ID: 214278
This spectacular day tour provides you with a Maori cultural experience that is heartwarming and honest. With the healing powers of geo-thermal waters at a Polynesian Spa, you will feel refreshed and revitalized while enjoying the picturesque lake views.
About this activity
Duration: 7.5 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English
Wheelchair accessible
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Experience the acclaimed Whakarewarewa Maori Living Village
  • Rejuvenate in the healing waters of the Polynesian Spa Rotorua
  • Reward yourself with a Maori Hungi "cooked meal"
  • Travel in comfort with a modern and air-conditioned vehicle
Full description
Starting at the Port of Tauranga by the Cruise Ship gateway, you will begin traveling in a comfortable air-conditioned vehicle to Rotorua, Bay of Plenty.

As you travel along Mt Maunganui, local information and places of interest will be provided to you by your personal tour guide. Your journey will continue toward Rotorua, with an interesting stop at Kiwifruit Country where you will receive a close-up view of the kiwifruit vine. Onsite, you will have the opportunity to learn the history of kiwifruit, including which countries New Zealand exports the fruit and fruit products too. You will also enjoy free tasting samples during this visit.

You will then step back in time at Te Whakarewarewa Maori Living Village. This village was built above geothermal land and is home to the largest geyser in the southern hemisphere. Your guide will be blood related to the original settlers "the descendants of Wāhiao", so you’ll be able to hear the guide’s own family story. You will also be provided with a customary Maori Hungi; "kai" or food that has been cooked in their underground steam ovens.

It will then be time to look after yourself, at a Polynesian Spa which will rejuvenate you with its healing geo-thermal waters. For decades this water has been used to bath in, and is fantastic for the treatment of arthritis and other ailments. You can turn back the clock as you regain your youthful skin and complexion!

Once you have finished in Rotorua, the road leads back to Tauranga where you will visit a honey shop with a live bee display. You will be able to observe in complete safety the inside of the honey bee hive, and how things truly work. With plenty of great products and items on display or sale, this a leading destination for locals and holiday makers alike. You will also be treated to a great New Zealand ice-cream during this stop! Your final stop (time permitting) is to Sulphur Point, which provides a wonderful view of Mauao and the port, including the cruise ships. From here, you will return to the Port of Tauranga cruise ship gate.
Includes
  • Whakarewarewa Maori Living Village entrance with cultural show
  • Polynesian Spa entrance
  • Maori Hungi lunch
  • Ice-cream at Mossops Honey Shop
  • Selected snacks
  • Cold bottled water
  • WiFi
  • Children's car seats
What’s Not Included
  • Bathers, towels and other related swimming items

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Port of Tauranga

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Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Swimwear
  • Towel
Not allowed
  • Pets
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Alcohol and drugs
Know before you go
• It is recommended that you wear comfortable walking shoes for this tour
• Swimming attire, togs and towels will be required for the Polynesian Spa
• It is recommended to wear sunscreen and bring or wear a cap to protect your face
• This tour has a varied starting time subject to cruise ship arrival times
• This tour is also available on non-cruise days, with the starting time and location negotiated for best service criteria
• Gluten Free or coeliac snacks are available upon request
• This tour is subject to minimum numbers, in the unlikely event these numbers are not met, the provider reserves the right to cancel the trip
Customer reviews
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Tour guide (Amanda) was excellent. The whole experience was very informative and interesting. Much better value than the cruise ship offering.

March 10, 2020

Friendly guide/driver. Luxury vehicle Welcomed with drinks , snacks plus option of WiFi Given overview of the day which was very well organised and timed. Nothing was too much trouble. Very informative

January 12, 2020

November 29, 2019

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