Rotorua Day Tour: Wai-O-Tapu & Te Puia : Geysers : Kiwi Bird : Champagne lake Small Group Tour
- Duration: 7 Hours (approx.)
- Location: Rotorua, Bay of Plenty
- Product code: RO-03 Wai O Tapu & Te Puia
We pick up from your hotel or place of accommodation (including Air BB)
Transport is in a small 2016/17 luxury vehicle, (no large groups or coaches)
This tour operates as a small group tour: which allows a more flexible, freindly and enjoyable day rather than large coach tours! With pick up from Rotorua accommodation in the morning, taking you to the first venue the Lady Knox Geyser!
At 10.15am each day there is the opportunity to learn the history and mechanics of the Lady Knox Geyser during a presentation by an informed guide in a natural amphitheater.
It provides a unique opportunity to see a geyser in eruption to heights of 10 to 20 meters.
After which a short journey to Wia-o-tapu geothermal wonderland to experience volcanic activity, thousands of years in the making. Wai-O-Tapu is considered to be New Zealand’s most colourful and diverse geothermal sightseeing attraction. You are introduced to a uniquely different natural landscape – the key to what you see lies below the surface – one of the most extensive geothermal systems in New Zealand. Clearly defined tracks provide the you with the opportunity to enjoy the diversity of this area through a series of different walks taking from 30 to 75 minutes or more, each with their own unique volcanic vistas to fascinate all ages.The nature of the reserve being an active volcanic area with undulating terrain.
In the afternoon we make our way to Te Puia. Explore Te Whakarewarewa, a 60 hectare Geothermal Valley, showcasing the famous Rotorua mud pools and over 500 geothermal wonders, including the Pohutu Geyser, the Southern Hemisphere’s largest active geyser! A Kiwi House & Viewing Enclosure featuring two iconic native New Zealand kiwi birds. Traditional Māori Carving and Weaving performed before your eyes, including wood, stone & bone carvings as well flax-weaving- Te Puia is home to the New Zealand Māori Arts & Crafts Institute. Māori Art & History at Te Heketanga a Rangi, the entrance to Te Puia with 12 monumental carvings that represent celestial Māori guardians. Hear ancestral stories of the Māori settlement in Rotorua and about culture. A model Pre-European Maori Village and sacred Marae giving you a rare glimpse into how Māori people lived prior to European settlement, and our two Marae’s or sacred meeting houses.
There is the opportunity to enjoy lunch, a little souvenir shopping and free time at both venues.
A truly special day filled with wonder and amazement with memories that will last a lifetime!