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The Rotorua Experience
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Explore a thriving center of breathtaking thermal activity and traditional Maori culture during this scenic, full-day visit to the historic spa town of Rotorua.
Depart the pier for the drive south from the early-1900s town of Tauranga to Te Puke, the world's largest kiwifruit growing region. This small furry fruit, once known as the Chinese gooseberry, has done a great deal to boost the area's prosperity.
Passing through Rotorua, you’ll next find yourself at Te Puia, home to the internationally renowned spouting Pohutu geyser’ Te Puia also boasts silica terraces, pools of boiling mud and dramatic steam vents. During your visit, you’ll see young Maori apprentices being taught the ancient art of carving and weaving before discovering the Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve, Rotorua's largest and best known thermal area. Exploration of the site is on foot as you pass boiling mud pools and the soaring Pohutu geyser. This incredible display of nature's raw force provides insight into the awesome natural forces at work below. Then, enter the sacred marae and enjoy a Maori performance, including the famous 'haka' war dance, before making your way into the Wharekai for your hangi-inspired lunch.
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Note: This tour operates with a driver/guide.
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Tours with this activity level involve a considerable amount of physical activity such as substantial walking over cobblestone streets, uneven or steep terrain, climbing stairs, or extended periods of standing. Not recommended for guests with physical limitations. Comfortable, sturdy shoes are recommended.
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