We spend the afternoon exploring our Maori Culture with visits to settlement sites and living villages.
Eco-Thermal Full Day
7 Days a Week
- Child Under Five
Experience an eco tour with Elite Adventures witnessing some of the best sites in Rotorua on our full day tour! Our full day tour accommodates for small groups of no more than 12 people.
The morning tour departs daily between 8:00-8:30 a.m. from your accommodation and drives you through forestry and farmland to New Zealand’s largest boiling mud pool. Your guide shows you a series of colourful hot springs and volcanic features at Wai-O-Tapu. Around 10.15 a.m. we head over to see the Lady Knox geyser eruption.
Next, we take you on a short drive to the Waimangu Volcanic Valley where your guide explains the Mt. Tarawera eruption which blew open this spectacular, bush covered, geothermal park!
Learn about Maori customs, traditions, history and protocols new and old, with a guided tour to Te Puia, Rotorua’s premier cultural centre.
Spend the afternoon experiencing Rotorua’s Maori culture and geothermal activity and see how they are intricately entwined. First, a guided tour through Te Puia, Rotorua’s premier cultural attraction. This includes a visit to the wood carving school, art and craft gallery, Rotowhio Marae, weaving display, kiwi house and the Pohutu geyser.
Next we visit the Lakefront area to see the Maori War Canoe and learn more about Maori history and customs. We briefly visit Kuirau Park to view a recent geothermal eruption site. Finish your day visiting the pristine and tranquil lakes of our amazing volcanic region, including views of Mount Tarawera with explanation of volcanic and Maori history.
Elite Adventures won the New Zealand Eco Tourism Award in 2001 for this one-of-a-kind tour. Join us on this full day adventure to experience this prized tour for yourself!