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Rotorua Maori Culture Day Tour

Rotorua, a town set on its namesake lake on New Zealand’s North Island, is a cultural centre for the indigenous Maori people. Te Puia cultural centre, in the Whakarewarewa valley, has geysers and thermal mud pools fueled by the area’s geothermal activity, and houses the New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute. The Pohutu geyser here erupts many times daily.

Depart Hamilton         We also offer Pick Up & Drop Off services from Auckland, Tauranga & Rotorua. Please Contact Us to Find Out More

Agrodome Farm Show – Get ready for a fun-packed hour of entertainment and education for the whole family… the legendary Agrodome Farm Show!. You’ll hear amazing facts and have a few laughs as you’re introduced to 19 breeds of sheep. Then, witness a live sheep shearing demonstration and a fun sheep auction with bidding from the floor and audience participation. But our animal stars are not just sheep, our remarkable farm dogs will amaze you, as they demonstrate their ability to respond to commands and keep those sheep (and ducks!) in line! If a hands-on experience is what you want, jump up on stage for the opportunity to feed the baby lambs or even hand-milk a cow! Your ticket to the show includes access to the Farmyard Nursery, home to the smallest, cutest animals at the Agrodome. Pet and have your photo taken with cute lambs and other baby farm animals. Then pop across to the herding area to watch a free live dog trial after the show!

 

Te Puia – The valley has many stories just waiting to be shared with you. Walk upon the earth where goddesses breathed fire and come face to face with the awesome power and majesty of the world’s most accessible geothermal site within Whakarewarewa thermal valley. Kiwi & Nature – a rare opportunity to view live kiwi birds in our nocturnal kiwi house and learn more about the plight of our national icon. You can also take a journey through our native plants and learn how Māori used these resources in their lives. Māori Culture, Architecture & Pa – Descending from centuries of guides and storytellers, we like to showcase our vibrant Māori culture through dance and song. Even the architecture at Te Puia has stories to tell, with Māori carvings and structures of deep cultural significance, including the carved entranceway and the  Rotowhio Marae. Powhiri process – If you come in peace, the pōwhiri (ceremonial welcome) will be an enjoyable experience. This unique custom was used traditionally to challenge a visiting party and find out their intentions. At Te Puia this spine-tingling ceremony is included in the price of admission.

Concert and Haka – Take a trip back through time while we treat you to a cultural performance like no other. At Te Puia, our concerts are an experience not to be missed. Surrounded by the beautiful carvings of our ancestors, you will hear stories told through song and dance, with plenty of surprises thrown in.

Hangi Lunch – Ngararatuatara, discover ancient Māori cooking techniques and witness geothermal cuisine up close and personal at Ngararatuatara – our natural cooking pool. The alkaline spring, which is constantly boiling and flowing, is used to cook a range of delicacies including seafood, eggs, sweetcorn, and watercress. You get to choose what you want for lunch, it is then cooked (steamed) for you to eat within minutes.

Government Gardens – Originally known as Paepaekumana, the Government Gardens are situated on the lake’s edge in downtown Rotorua. This site is of legendary and historical importance to local Maori people, for here many significant battles have taken place.In the late 1800s, the Maori people gifted 50 acres of this land to the crown “for the benefit of the people of the world”. The land was a scrub-covered geothermal area with several therapeutic pools. The scrub was cleared and formal gardens planted. Several large trees remain from those early days, including multi-trunked Japanese firs and an unusual Californian weeping redwood. Realising the opportunity to create a South Pacific spa attraction, in 1908 the New Zealand government opened a large and elaborate bath house, built in the Elizabethan Tudor style of architecture. Today this magnificent building houses a museum and an award-winning exhibition on the days when people came from all over the world to ‘take the waters’. In the early 1930s a second building, the Blue Baths, was constructed in an ornate Mediterranean style. These were among the first baths in the world to allow both males and females in the same pool. Rather than medicinal, the purpose of the Blue Baths was fun – a chance to socialise in the style of Hollywood movie stars. Fully restored to their original glory, the Blue Baths offer you the chance to relax in heated waters in an architecturally stunning setting.

Rotorua Shopping – Fabulous variety of general and souvenir shopping is available in Rotorua. It can be fun looking for that perfect souvenir to take home when you’re visiting distant shores. From genuine 100% kiwiana gifts, māori gifts, merino and possum clothing to NZ skincare ranges, you’ll more than likely spend a few hours in these stores.

Polynesian Spa – Relax and unwind on the tranquil shores of Lake Rotorua at Polynesian Spa – a world-leading, natural mineral bathing and luxury spa retreat. Channelling geothermal marvels in its backyard, the 27 mineral pools at Polynesian Spa are fed from two natural springs for a combination that both nourishes the skin and relieves tired muscles, aches and pains, Polynesian Spa is frequently recognised as one of the top 10 spas in the world.

Tour Prices (per person)

4-11 persons Luxury Van Adult: $490.00pp Youth  (5-15yrs): $440.00pp Child (0-5yrs): $340.00pp
2-4 Persons Luxury American Sedan Adult: $540.00pp Youth  (5-15yrs): $490.00pp Child (0-5yrs): $390.00pp
4-11 Persons Luxury American Limousine Adult: $610.00pp Youth  (5-15yrs): $560.00pp Child (0-5yrs): $460.00pp
1 Person Luxury American Sedan Adult: $1355.00pp    

All prices are in New Zealand Dollars ($NZ).  Tour includes unique Steambox Lunch, all Entry fees, visiting Rotorua Lake, Shopping stops and Historical/Scenic Drive.

Return Hamilton

We also offer Pick Up & Drop Off services from Auckland, Tauranga & Rotorua. Please Contact Us to Find Out More.

 

 

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