From Tauranga, you’ll travel through Te Puke, the heart of the kiwi fruit country, past beautiful rugged countryside and dense forest before reaching the famous geothermal area of Rotorua.
On arrival at the Te Puia Thermal Reserve, you’ll be welcomed by a Maori guide before being led on a walk through the thermal area past bubbling mud pools, natural springs and sprouting geysers. Further along, at the Maori Model Village, you will be immersed in Maori culture as you watch the Maori carvers and weavers at work.
After a short journey, you’ll board an eight-seater aerial gondola for a leisurely scenic ride up Mount Ngongotaha to the Skyline Restaurant. As you gently ascend, you’ll be rewarded with a 180° stunning panorama of Rotorua, the surrounding geothermal areas and lakes. At the summit, enjoy a delicious buffet luncheon in spectacular surroundings whilst being entertained by a Maori cultural performance. The show includes many traditional action songs, including the haka, a fierce, challenging dance, which is accompanied by a chant.
After luncheon, a visit will be made to the multi-award winning Agrodome Show, where you’ll witness an exciting and unique live show featuring 19 different breeds of sheep. An interesting and entertaining commentary is given, along with displays of sheep dogs working and sheep shearing.
On the return journey, you’ll have the chance to sit back and reflect on your day’s memorable experiences.
This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is a total of 30 minutes’ walking on level, paved paths. The journey to Rotorua is approximately 1½ hours each way. Comfortable, enclosed footwear, bottled water and a sweater are recommended.