Te Puia Day Tour
A place to learn the many aspects of Maori culture as well as to enjoy the geothermal activity that Rotorua is famous for. Te Puia’s thermal area has gushing waters, steaming vents, boiling mud pools and spectacular geysers.
From your cruise ship you will join Scott Tours for a journey to Rotorua, one of New Zealand most interesting destinations.
Enroute while we travel to Rotorua passing through farmland, bush, pine forest and beautiful lakes you will have the opportunity to learn about our important industries and exports and a quick stop at the impressive Okere falls.
On the outskirts of Rotorua you’ll pass through a Redwood Forest, a tree not indigenous to New Zealand, but provides an interesting point of interest to discover why they were planted there. Time permitting we’ll also pass by some of Rotorua city’s iconic sights; the government gardens, Rachel’s pool (212 Degrees), the historic bath house and a lake front drive.
Then it is time to spend some time at this Rotorua tour’s key attraction; Te Puia…
At Te Puia, your guide from Scott Tours will show you around this comprehensive attraction. On the agenda of the Te Puia tour is a Maori carving and weaving school where you may see master carvers and weavers, and their students at work. Visitors can also wander through a marae, the centre of Maori tribal society to get a feel for everyday Māori life, past and present. This operational marae is also where you will experience traditional Maori song and dance.
Something else to learn about during your Te Puia tour is the New Zealand Kiwi bird. These nocturnal creatures are housed in a special area for visitors to get up close to one of New Zealand most famous icons.
Last but not least is the geothermal valley named Te Whakarewarewa. Shrouded in mist from the geyser activity, Te Whakarewarewa’s moon-like landscape is home to bubbling mud and boiling water stream and pools. The valley has over 500 pools and 65 geyser vents and the famous Pohutu geyser which erupts up to 30 metres high.
Te Puia Tour Gallery
Tour duration 5 to 6 hours.
Tour departure points
Pick ups can be arranged from cruise ships at the Port of Tauranga, Tauranga airport or your Tauranga or Mount Maunganui accommodation.