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Ride through the scenic countryside where farms and forests combine to make this region one of the most beautiful in New Zealand. You’re on your way to Rotorua, the "Thermal Wonderland of New Zealand." In the Maori language Wai-O-Tapu means “Sacred Waters”. Walk along well defined tracks through a landscape sculptured by geothermal activity, there are expansive vistas, stunning colours and you will see the world famous Champagne Pool, huge volcanic craters and sinter terrace formations. Guides stationed throughout the thermal area are very keen to share their knowledge with you. You will also notice the smell of hydrogen sulphide in the atmosphere, a natural byproduct of this geothermal region, while enjoying the striking colors of the hot and cold pools, and the unique landscape. Returning to Rotorua you will board the Lakeland Queen for a delicious buffet lunch cruise on Lake Rotorua. The Lakeland Queen is a locally built, shallow draft, stern driven vessel - similar to a Mississippi River Boat and ideal for the shallow waters of Lake Rotorua. Next take a guided walking tour through the wondrous geothermal valley of hakarewarewa which has pools of boiling mud, hissing steam vents and the Pohutu Geyser. Standing on a bridge above the hot streams will give you a wonderful view of the multicolored thermal terraces. This is an amazing place where unique geological patterns, shapes and surreal colors have taken thousands of years to form. Also take a moment to visit the Kiwi-house to see the flightless Kiwi bird in its darkened habitat. At the wood carving school you’ll see craftsman at work and afterwards watch Maori women demonstrate flax weaving. During your day you’ll also enjoy a performance of the traditional songs, dances and demonstrations of fighting skills, including the Haka.
Wai-O-Tapu: See the thermal wonderland of mud pools, mineral terraces and steaming volcanic lakes.
Lakeland Queen: Enjoy lunch aboard an elegant paddleboat.
Te Puia: Learn about the Maori cultural.
What to BringShow
Keycard and photo identification
Camera and cash for shopping
Sun protection and sunglasses
What to WearShow
Comfortable walking shoes
Guests will experience approximately 900 yards of walking over well-made paths, gentle inclines and some steps.
Walks can be taken to suit guests’ ability
We kindly request guests with dietary restrictions to advise the Shore Excursions team of your needs at least 48 hours prior to the departure time of your excursion.
Tour Code TR77
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