Rotorua City and Lakes Tour by "Duck"
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Why is it called a duck? Because, like its feathery namesake, it's equally at home on land and water. And also because it's easier than saying "dukw" – the official designation used by General Motors when it was building these craft for beach assaults:
D (designed in 1942)
K (all-wheel drive)
W (dual rear axles)
Okay, the K and the W don't make a lot of sense. But then, neither does the duck's evolution from weapon of war to wonderful way to see Rotorua. Can't argue with success, though.
You'll start by getting to know some of the sights of the city, beginning with Government Gardens, where the history, culture, and geothermal wonders of the region get equal attention. There you'll find the Tudor-style building that was home to an elaborate spa and bath house in the early 1900s and now houses the terrific Rotorua Museum.
The land at Government Gardens was once the site of many significant battles between Maori tribes, and includes the 1927 Arawa Soldiers Memorial. The Blue Baths and Polynesian Baths attest to the city's long history as a place to heal and reinvigorate.
You’ll head out to see Mokoia Island, in the middle of Lake Rotorua, setting for the famous Maori love story of Tutanekai and Hinemoa. Next your plunge – a splashdown at Lake Tikitapu, followed by a cruise on Lake Okareka. Then you’ll hit the beach in an amphibious assault, cameras blazing, on a small lakeside town with striking views of Mt. Tarawera.
War may be hell. But war vehicles are a heck of a lot of fun.
Clearing the way for hot tubs
The Blue Baths of Rotorua were opened in the early 1900s as a place to soak in healing waters. In the 1930s, a second building, ornately Mediterranean in design, went up. The new addition became more of a high-society hangout than a healthful immersion in therapeutic pastime, but it was one of the first public facilities in the world to allow men and women to bathe together.
Non-refundable if canceled within 24 hours of requested services.