Rotorua’s Geysers, Mud Pools & Kiwi Bird Enclosure,
Along With A Spectacular Maori Cultural Show
Including The Redwood Forest!
Rotorua hotel/airbnb accomodation pick-up & drop-off at a central location
Join this journey of discovery, wonder and amazement on this morning tour from Rotorua.
Experience Te Puia the Geothermal wonderland of Rotorua with geysers, steam vents and mud pools. This valley has many stories just waiting to be shared with you. Walk upon the earth where goddesses breathed fire and come face to face with the awesome power and majesty of the world’s most accessible geothermal site within Whakarewarewa thermal valley.
Be in awe of New Zealand’s national kiwi bird, a rare opportunity not to missed. Also meet the people of this valley as they share their stories through song and dance including the world famous Haka!
Following this we take a highlights drive around Rotorua taking in many stops along the way including the Majestic Redwood Forest and much more.
You will be picked up from your Hotel/accomodation in Rotorua, as we start our journey of intrigue and excitement.
On arrival to Te Puia an official guide who have descended from centuries of guides and storytellers, explain about the many geysers, mud pools and hot pools and take you on a journey where history, culture and Nature collide!
You will encounter hot bubbling mud, steam vents, pools of natural boiling water still used for cooking today, and not one but three stunning geysers. The Pōhutu geyser is the star of the show, reaches heights of 30 metres (100 feet), the largest active geyser in the southern hemisphere. As well as being a spectacular sight, Pōhutu is the most reliable geyser on Earth.
Visit the arts and crafts institute, established in 1926 which has students from tribes across New Zealand, to learn time honoured traditions, which were in danger of being lost forever. This includes the wood, stone & bone carving At the national weaving school students learn the ancient art of Māori weaving. watch the weavers at work and interact with them as they create garments of great beauty.
The cultural performances will not just move and entertain you, but enable you to ‘get inside’ our fascinating culture. Surrounded by the beautiful carvings of our ancestors, you will experience entertaining stories told through song and dance, with plenty of surprises thrown in.
Here we also have a rare opportunity to view New Zealand’s national bird, the endangered Kiwi. Once your eyes adjust to the specially lit, purpose built nocturnal Kiwi house, you’ll spot our flightless friends foraging around for insects.
Free time for coffee or to grab a bite to eat and a little souvenir shopping.
Rotorua Redwood Forest & Highlights
We take a walk through the Redwoods forest to experience these giants and the peaceful atmosphere they create, this beautiful Redwood Grove under the magnificent, towering Californian Coastal Redwoods were planted in 1901. These towering trees stand at approximately 219 feet (67 metres) tall and create a wonderful shelter. Admire these magnificent trees which are dedicated to the memory of the men of the New Zealand Forest Service who died in the two World Wars. Learn about the silver fern and its relevance to being the symbol of New Zealand. The upper canopy of the towering Californian Redwoods, Larch and other species of trees provide shelter and shade to a kaleidoscope of ferns, shrubs, flowers and fungi.
Finally a leisurely highlight drive through Rotorua visiting the lake front with its many black swans, the grand Tudor style museum with its beautiful gardens including the fragrant Rose garden, Rachel's spring and Kuirau Park discover the steaming, hissing and bubbling geothermal activity in this informal public park.
This is a must do tour for all tourist wishing to see, hear and smell the heart of real Rotorua.
This morning tour ends at a central location in Rotorua.
You may like to add on an afternoon activity to make this a full day tour, see Rotorua full day tours for full descriptions.
Hope to see you soon!