Te Puia, the Geothermal Valley & Rotorua City Tour

8 Hours
Group Activity
Shore Excursion with Guaranteed Return to Ship

From (USD) $87 Per Person

Te Puia, the Geothermal Valley & Rotorua City Tour

8 Hours
Group Activity
Shore Excursion with Guaranteed Return to Ship

From (USD) $87 Per Person

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      Te Puia, the Geothermal Valley & Rotorua City Tour

      Tauranga, New Zealand
      From (USD) $87 Per Person
      • Te Puia: Experience Maori songs, dances, and craft demonstrations before lunch prepared in a hangi. You might even sneak a peek at the flightless kiwi bird.
      • The Geothermal Valley: Walk among the mud pools and geysers of the geothermal valley to see Pohutu, the largest active geyser in the South Pacific.
      • Rotorua city tour: Visit the Government Gardens and Prince's Gate, once a famous Victorian bath house, as part of a city tour, then enjoy some free time.
      About This Tauranga Tour

      Have you ever tasted something that triggers a flashback? The senses – especially taste and smell – have a way of stimulating memories. On a visit to the Maori fortress Te Puia, you'll want to clear space in your memory bank because, in addition to feasting on stories about Maori culture and traditions, you'll take a seat in the "whare kai" or "eating house" to sample foods cooked in an ancient "hangi" basket.

       The Te Puia fortress,  which once protected its people from warring tribes, was built in a geothermal valley where over 60 hot springs and pools heat the ground from the inside out. Necessity being the mother of invention, the Maoris used the earth not only to grow their food but also to cook it in active steam vents, just as they will when they prepare a meal for you during your tour.

      The hangi is like the earth's crockpot. Baskets filled with meat, seafood, vegetables, and even pudding are lowered into the ground where meals have been cooked for over 700 years. Covered with damp cloths, water is added before the pit is covered with soil and left to steam, absorbing not only the flavors of the ingredients but also of smoke and earth and ancient times.

      Whether watching a cultural performance, walking amidst mud pools and geysers, or taking in traditional craft demonstrations, a visit to Te Puia will stimulate all of your senses. And that's an experience that's worth remembering.

      Say that three times fast!

        The longest place name in the English-speaking world isn't easy to say or remember.  Taumatawhakatangihangaoauauotameteaturipukakapikimaungahoronukupo-kaiwhenuakitanatahu is a hill located in New Zealand's southern Hawke's Bay. It roughly translates to "the place where Tamatea, the man with the big knees, who slid, climbed, and swallowed mountains, known as the land-eater, played his nose flute to his loved ones."

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      Cancellation policy

      Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.

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