5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

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  • Location:Rotorua, New Zealand
  • Duration:4 hours (approx.)

Best Rotorua Cultural Eco Small Group Afternoon Tour

Spend an afternoon exploring New Zealand’s Maori culture with visits to settlement sites and living villages. You will learn about Maori customs, traditions, history and protocols new and old, with a guided visit to Te Puia, Rotorua's premier cultural centre.


  • Enjoy a scenic afternoon tour filled with history and culture
  • Learn about the former Maori village, destroyed during the Tarawera volcanic eruption
  • See the blue and green lakes, Lake Tikitapu and Lake Rotokakahi
  • Traveling in a small group, maximum 12 passengers allowing a unique and intimate experience
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

What You Can Expect

Best Rotorua Cultural Eco Small Group Afternoon Tour

Boiling mud pools, Rotorua

Your guided tour through Te Puia includes a visit to the wood carving school, art and craft gallery, Rotowhio Marae, weaving display and kiwi house. Next, see the playful boiling mudpools; these are the largest and most impressive at Te Puia, with a depth of between 6-10 metres. Sitting atop the sinter terraces known as Geyser Flat is the largest active geyser in the southern hemisphere.

Next, visit Rotorua’s Government Gardens situated on the lake's edge. You will learn more about the Maori history and customsimportance to local Maori people.

Finish the day with a visit to the pristine and tranquil lakes of our amazing volcanic region, Lake Okareka, the Blue and Green lakes including views of the volcano and Lake Tarawera with interpretation.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

I was lucky enough to have an individual tour - as I was the only one booked in! The Tour Guide was amazing. He took me to see the small indiginous villages, telling me local stories all the while. We saw the rest of Rotorua township then visited Te Paui, where my guide showed me everything there was to see there, providing a wonderful commentry. At the conclusion, I was dropped back at my hotel.

Isobel M
United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2010

I enjoyed the village and we were given plenty of time to look around. We also enjoyed the friendly and knowledgeable driver.
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