Mount Maunganui, New Zealand
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7 hours (Approx.)
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Offered in: English

Overview

Discover geothermal activity among top North Island attractions in New Zealand on this full-day shore excursion to Te Puia from Mt Maunganui Port. Visit a kiwifruit orchard with your guide in Te Puke. Head through the geothermal valley of Whakarewarewa to the mud pools in Te Puia and see the famous Pohutu Geyser erupt. Discover ancient Maori arts and crafts, and watch a performance of the ‘haka’ — the traditional Maori war dance. Take in top Rotorua attractions including the Government Gardens, the Bath House and Rachel's Pool.
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Small-group tour
  • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
  • Free port pickup and drop-off included

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j
, Jan 2019

What a fantastic tour. We learned a lot about the kiwi fruit, tasted various kinds of the fruit and later we learned about the Maori tribe, their customs and dances. Fun tour.

J
, Dec 2018

Our guide, Graeme, was excellent! He is extremely knowledgeable and has such a love and passion for the land, history and culture of the land. He covered everything in good time without sufficient time for us to enjoy all the highlights. We also managed to catch the eruption of the Te Puia geyser which was the icing on the cake.

M
, Feb 2018

The geothermal valley was expansive and very interesting. If you've been to Yellowstone National Park you won't find the geyser regularity of Old Faithful, however, the entire area is neat to visit in this part of the world. Loved seeing the Maori Arts Institute! The Maori show was similar to and as enjoyable as the one at the Oahu Polynesian Cultural Center and what we experienced on the Noordam cruise into Rotorua.
Also enjoyed stopping for a quick visit to the Kiwifruit orchard. Our guide was knowledgeable and considerate.

j
, Feb 2018

Graham our host was informative, interesting and personable!
Comfortable coach, easy walking and beautiful sights.
Lunch at Te Puia poor , not enough food or staff on site, but Graham said they are doing Renos and it should improve.

n
, Jan 2018

Entire day was wonderful.

J
, Nov 2017

Very interesting tour with a very knowledgable guide that made all the difference. We learned so much about NZ and the Maui culture. Really enjoyed the Kiwifruit orchard as well. Had no idea that they grew on vines like grapes. Great job and a great tour.

B
, Apr 2017

It was good to be in a small group tour as it is much easier and more efficient.
After a quick tour through Tauranga, we headed to the kiwifruit orchard. This was very instructive, though the sampling of kiwifruit was limited due to the number of visitors.
Lunch at our own expense in Rotorua was in a nice location with reasonable choices. Following lunch, we made a brief stop in a city park where there are steam and mud pits right in the park. Very interesting.
We then proceeded to Te Puia to see the geothermals and also the Maori show. The visit to Te Puia was worth the trip, seeing the geysers, the blue lagoon, etc.

s
, Mar 2017

A very enjoyable day at Rotorua visiting the hot springs and the Maori experience. We ran out of time and our Kiwifruit Orchard visit was very rushed, that was the only down side.

G
, Mar 2017

Our excursion to Te Puia was one of the highlights of our recent trip to Australia and New Zealand. Our driver, Ian, from Shore Trips and Tours was an excellent guide, providing a lot of good info about the area and culture as we drove around Tauranga, then over to Rotorua to visit Te Puia. This is an amazing place with all the geysers, bubbling mud pots, steam vents, etc. Although we've been to Yellowstone and seen this type of geothermal activity on a grander scale, Te Puia is still a great place to experience it. The grounds are laid out well and even though we were on a cruise ship and a lot of other people were there, it didn't feel crowded. We really liked the Maori cultural center and show as well. In fact, that was the highlight for me. We saw the Maori show, which was super, and toured through their carving and weaving workshops. The grounds are filled with large, impressive, detailed Maori carvings, including a 60-ft. long war canoe. It was a great way to learn more about the Maori culture and history. The kiwifruit orchard was interesting but Te Puia was definitely the highlight of this outing.

G
, Feb 2017

Our guide was amazing, he squeezed so much info and the sites were incredible. The one part that was very shortened was the kiwifruit orchard mostly just shopping rather than a tour, and more information. Who knew that kiwis grew on a vine. The visit to the geothermal area could not have been more spectacular...geysers were on display in full force. Coach was very comfortable, and again I would highly recommend this tour.


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