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Highlights of Tauranga & Maori Culture
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Discover the historic sites of scenic Tauranga during this delightful half-day orientation tour of the city.
Leaving from the pier, you'll travel through the lovely cities of Tauranga and Bethlehem on your way to visit a local Ngati Ranginui Maori Marae. Arriving at this intimate Maori village, you'll be greeted by a local Maori guide and taken on a cultural journey into the heritage of the Maoris and early New Zealand settlers on this unique and fascinating tour.
Well known for their hospitality, the tangata whenua, local people, will make you feel at home as they graciously show you around and give you a wealth of information about traditional and contemporary Maori life.
During the course of your memorable visit, you'll have an opportunity to view craft-making and cooking and to experience the Maori's oral tradition of storytelling. Before leaving the village, your hosts will treat you to a refreshing tea.
Continuing on, your tour next makes its way to the Minden Lookout. From this excellent vantage point, you'll have stunning views over the eastern Bay of Plenty. During favorable conditions, you can even see the plumes of whispy smoke and steam arising from volcanic White Island to the east. Afterwards, you'll transfer back to the pier.
Need to Know:
Note: This tour involves approximately 500 yards of walking over flat surfaces. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended. The order of sights may be reversed. This tour does not operate with a separate guide, but rather with a driver/guide.
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Tours with this activity level involve walking over relatively level terrain, possibly some cobblestone, gravel, or a few steps. Comfortable shoes are recommended.
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