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The Tribal Footprints Tour

4 Hours | 7 Days A Week

Quick Details

Take a journey with a local guide in the footprints of the Maori tribe “Tuhourangi”. The afternoon is spent learning about the history of the pink and white terraces and the great 1886 eruption of Mount Tarawera that destroyed both the tribal village and the terraces. To bring the story alive visits are made to:

  • The Buried Village
  • Whakarewarewa – The Living Maori Village
  • Lake Tarawera, Lake Tikitapu & Lady Rotokakahi (Green lake)
  • Views of Mt. Tarawera Volcano

Tour departs 1:00 pm and returns at approximately 5:00 pm

Adult Ages 16 and older
Child Ages 5-15
Child Under Five

From their early success as the wealthiest Maori tribe in New Zealand to the blanket of mud and ash that took it all away.

Join our local guides and learn about the trials and tribulations of Tuhourangi as we share our stories that have been passed down from generation to generation. We travel through the remains of Te Wairoa, the village where the people of Tuhourangi once lived and operated from. The trip to Te Wairoa journeys around some of Rotorua’s most beautiful lakes of Tikitapu, Rotokakahi and Tarawera.

After Te Wairoa, we travel to the Maori village of Whakarewarewa where the descendants of these survivors live today with their sibling tribe, Ngati Wahiao. Together these tribes carry on the professional guiding tradition of sharing our culture and Taonga (treasures) with the world.


Excelente guide! Congratulations Linda

"Amazing time, especially because of Linda’s attention! She always concerned about out if we were understanding and If We had questions! Perfect morning!"

– Luciano L.
Enjoyable and personalized

"Linda provided a knowledgeable and congenial introduction to the sites we visited. I can recommend this company without reservation."

– L.M.
Absolutely wonderful

"We went on this tour as part of our APT experience. Brian and the driver made this a wonderful trip. We learnt so much and had a lot of fun. Well done boys. Thanks for a wonderful trip."

– Denise M.
Excellent Eco Thermal Park tours

"Took the full day tour. The morning tour on Eco Thermal parks was really outstanding and not to be missed. The afternoon tour on the Buried Village and Living Maori Village was good though not as spectacular as the signts in the morning tour. The blue and green lakes were sort of disappointing - it was just a quick photo stop. Guide was excellent and tour was well organized."

– ECWorld