Shore Excursion Details

Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

Tauranga, New Zealand

Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland


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A scenic drive through the kiwifruit orchards of Te Puke begins your tour as you travel to Rotorua. Originally established as a spa town before the turn of the century, Rotorua today remains a thriving center of thermal activity and traditional Maori culture.

Stop at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland. Wai-O-Tapu translates to Sacred Waters and a visit here makes it clear how the name came to be. Upon arrival at this award-winning attraction, you will be presented with options available to you for your independent exploration. The wide range of features found at the site include geysers, mud pools, mineral traces, colorful hot and cold pools and steaming volcanic lakes. One of the more famous attractions at the Reserve is the pristine Champagne Pool. Marvel at the incredible palette of vibrant hues displayed in the pools, lakes and craters, and enjoy the melodic sounds of birds singing in the native forest.

Drive to Lake Rotorua where you will board the Lakeland Queen. While cruising the on the lake, enjoy lunch and a unique performance from a Maori cultural group. The Lakeland Queen is a locally built, shallow draft, stern driven vessel - similar to a Mississippi River Boat and ideal for Lake Rotorua's shallow waters.

Following lunch, you'll travel to Rainbow Springs for a visit. This marvelous park is set in a natural environment of beautiful native bush, trees, plants and flowers, with tranquil crystal-clear waters that flow from subterranean springs. In addition to being home to an impressive collection of Rainbow trout, the Park also houses a vast array of native birds, including the kiwi, New Zealand's national bird. Just one of the many fascinating features of the Park is the Tuatara - New Zealand's living dinosaur, now an endangered species. In addition to the fine displays of nature, Rainbow Springs also serves to preserve New Zealand's national heritage.

Need to Know:

Note: This tour includes significant walking and/or standing. It is not be available for guests who utilize a wheelchair or those with mobility concerns. Access to Lakeland Queen is via ramp, boat is covered and has a restroom. Comfortable flat walking shoes and caps are recommended. No flash photography. This tour is conducted by a driver/guide.

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Historical Landmarks
Wildlife Tours

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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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