This small-group guided tour through Te Puia includes the New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute, Te Whakarewarewa Geothermal Valley and Kiwi House. After hotel pickup in Rotorua, it’s just a 5-minute drive to your destination.
On arrival, visit a wood-carving studio, craft gallery and flax-weaving display at Rotowhio Marae, a Maori village where you’ll learn about the history and traditional customs of New Zealand’s indigenous people.
After a peek at nocturnal kiwi birds inside a special enclosure, follow your guide past the impressive mud pools and steam vents of Te Puia. You’ll get a chance to see the daily eruption of the largest active geyser in the southern hemisphere: Pohutu Geyser, which reaches a height of 100 feet (30 meters).
Depart for a driving tour past Government Gardens, a public park situated on the edge of Lake Rotorua. Then complete your afternoon sightseeing with a photo stop at several volcanic lakes. See Lake Okareka as well as Lake Rotokakahi (Green Lake) and Lake Tikitapu (Blue Lake), with interpretive views of Lake Tarawera, before drop-off at your hotel.