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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.
Entire day was wonderful.
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.
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.
Ginger M United States of ...
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.
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.
This was a great day out to he highly recommended. The driver was Brian and he was great told us so much interesting information about the trip and the area.
The cultural centre was excellent and seeing the geysers in action was WOW.
Very comfortable small coach.
To be recommended.
Loved the Maori reserve with the geothermal and mud flats and the native Indian ceremony. Guide was very informative!
Don't miss this excursion...Much less costly than those offered by the cruise line.
Fabulous tour. Kiwi360 is a gem. The Te Puia geysers and Maori cultural center were unforgettable. However, we would have preferred more time at the underrated museum shop.
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