Whakarewarewa – The Living Māori Village & The Buried Village
Tarawera Legacy Tour R02
This tour again is ideal for the cruise ship clients wanting to return in approximately 6-7 hours, we have put together two venues that in themselves would be an experience to remember but we feel tying these venues together links there paths in history together for you the visitor to enjoy.
Join us on a fully guided tour of "Whakarewarewa" The Living village. (with geysers, steam vents and mud pools) where you are invited to share in their everyday life. Experience the sights, smells and observe first-hand a unique cultural way of living in one of the few untapped natural geothermal fields in New Zealand. Steeped in history, traditions and cultures that spans hundreds of years, the people of this village have lived surrounded by geothermal activity ( geysers, steam vents and mud pools) which they utilise in their everyday life for cooking, bathing and heating. Indulge in their foods cooked with the bubbling hot pools and steaming vents with a geothermal hangi for lunch.
Experience one of Rotorua's leading maori cultural performance groups as they serenade you with a song and dance including the world famous haka as performed by our New Zealand's sports team. For centuries Whakarewarewa village has been home to the Tuhourangi Ngati Wahiao people. As New Zealand's original tourist attraction, They have hosted visitors from around the world since the mid 1800'
From Here we discover how the Tuhourangi people (a sub-tribe of Te Arawa) joined this village in Rotorua taking leave from the devastating 1886 eruption of Mount Tarawera where we move onto the second part of our tour visiting the buried village.
After receiving your souvenir Newspaper we leave the buried village and from here with time allowing we visit the stunning Blue and Green Lakes for a quick photo opportunity and then on to our return journey passing the redwoods recently used as a location for the latest disney film Pete's Dragon.
The Buried Village of Te Wairoa
Where stories of the Tarawera eruption come to life.
The Buried Village of Te Wairoa offers an insight into the devastation and mayhem that transpired on the night of June 10 1886 when nearby Mount Tarawera erupted.
Walk through the museum reading the stories of the legendary Pink and White Terraces and the deadly eruption of Mount Tarawera which comes to life in the museum through a media booth taking you back in time to the horrific night along with Photographs and displays of treasured objects excavated from the village then we move outside with our guide dressed in clothes of the period explaining and describing the grounds and history surrounding them! We then enjoy a peaceful stroll through pristine native bush and catch a glimpse of the giant wild trout that inhabit the beautiful stream of Te Wairoa. With the option to take the 30 metre Te Wairoa falls and native bush walk. route which takes in a dramatic powerful waterfall and then completing the journey with a visit to the tea rooms with the option of purchasing Devonshire cream tea!
This tour includes pickup, transport, entrance fees to both The living Village and The Buried village, guided tours to both venues and includes the cultural performance (including the Haka) a snack pack (containing New Zealand treats) & cold bottled water and a complementary souvenir newspaper with return drop off back at the wharf.
Adult $179.00nzd Child $120.00nzd
There is a minimum charge of two adults for this tour!
This luxury tour is for accommodating up to 10 people.
Booking in advance is essential! to secure your seats.
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