• Location: Tauranga, New Zealand
  • Duration: 8 hours (approx.)
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Discover Maori culture in New Zealand’s geothermal homeland on this full-day Rotorua shore excursion from Tauranga. Travel through Te Puke, where native kiwifruit orchards thrive. Admire the shimmering beauty of Lake Rotorua on route to Te Puia. Watch skilled craftspeople at a Maori crafts school. Walk with your guide through the geothermal valley of Whakarewarewa and discover the famous Pohutu Geyser. See performances of traditional Maori dance including the ‘haka’. Take in top attractions like the Government Gardens and marvel at the breathtaking beauty of Hell’s Gate.

Highlights

  • Free port pickup and drop-off included
  • Small group ensures personal service
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors

What You Can Expect

Full-Day Rotorua Shore Excursion Including Te Puia and Hells Gate Thermal Beds

Hells Gate

Customer Reviews

John T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

There were 6 of us on this tour. Our guide Russell was fabulous! He was very informative and the stops were all inyeresting!

DOUGLAS F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Liz McLaren was our tour guide and was an excellent tour guide. He was so knowledgeable and personable. TePuia was fascinating, We had a Maori greeting ceremony that was followed by a cultural performance inside the meeting house which we really enjoyed. Then on to lunch at a lovely restaurant on the lakeour expense but good prices and good food. Hells Gate was fascinating, boiling mud pools and thermal vents plus the hot water falls. We were allowed to roam at our own pace to explore as little or as much as we wanted. On the way back, we stopped at a Kiwi farm and had a tour of Tauranga Beach. A lovely day!

wwcindy

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

We were fortunate to have only 4 of us in total on this excursion. Our driver was local so had loads of interesting information about the area. The beach area was gorgeous, the ride to the geyser and thermal pools was picturesque. The geyser was active and fantastic to see. The thermal pools were interesting, but the show the Maori put on was the best part of the first park. Then it was on to Hell's Gate. The mud pools and the thermal pools at Hell's Gate was truly amazing. The ability to walk around without crowds and see, feel and learn was great! Our driver took us to some spectacular waterfalls on the way back. Worthwhile excursion!

liz.goodman

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2017

Excellent trip .. despite the pouring rain ! Great guide .. helpful and knowledgeable .. plus only 2 other travellers ! My first visit to Rotorua Area and the tour exceed all my expectations.

sanayhah

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Excellent trip. Peter Peter600 was an excellent driver and guide to our small group of 4. Very informative with a good sense of humour. Te Puia with the Cultural Show and of course the geysers were the highlights but the rest of Rotorua was also very interesting and worthwhile as was seeing the kiwifruit plantations. Most visitors just see Te Puia and Rotorua but we felt that the Hell'sGate add on was also fascinating and very different to everything else with its boiling mud pools and lakes. I was hoping for something more 'hellish' but although hot enough that day there were no devils and pitchforks visible. Despite that it was definitely worth it and made our visit to the Rotorua area far more memorable. Recommended.

ipremysler

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Great trip and Hells gate Thermal Bath is one of a kind experience. strongly RECOMMENDED!

JANE A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Wonderful excursion. Our guide Peter was exceptionally knowledgeable he answered every question thrown at him. Knew just where to stand for the best pictures and was very personable. The thermal activity in each place was amazing.

Tony D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

We had a great day. Peter our guide was extremely knowledgable and gave us some excellent tips throughout the day on how to make the most of our time at each site. There ended up just being two of us on the tour so we were very pleasantly surprised that we were not asked to join a different tour . We were given a people mover instead of a bus and thoroughly enjoyed our tour. Peter the guide added a great deal to the experience

Klawa L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

We loved this trip, and would highly recommend it to anyone wanting to explore a day at Rotorua. Russell, our guide, was fantastic. We were taken around in a lovely Mercedes SUV with one other couple. It was very comfortable. Russell accommodated our needs by stopping when and where we asked while also keeping to the tour schedule.The tour met all our needs by way of what we wanted to see in and around Rotorua. We felt that Russell was very knowledgeable and would tell us all about where we were going and would explain everything to us. He also gave us good vantage points on where to stand to be able to view the special performances or certain things. We had a wonderful day and the memories of it will stay with us for a long time! Thank you!

Samuel G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Phenomenal!

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