Te Puia Extended Tour with Weaving Experience & "Steambox" Lunch

2.5 Hours
Group Activity
Shore Excursion with Guaranteed Return to Ship

From (USD) $72 Per Adult

Te Puia Extended Tour with Weaving Experience & "Steambox" Lunch

2.5 Hours
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Shore Excursion with Guaranteed Return to Ship

From (USD) $72 Per Adult

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      Te Puia Extended Tour with Weaving Experience & "Steambox" Lunch

      Tauranga, New Zealand
      From (USD) $72 Per Adult
      • Hand-on weaving experience: Talk to master weavers, learn how they perfected the art of weaving with flax, and have the opportunity to weave your own memento.
      • New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute: Watch as master weavers and wood, bone, and stone carvers pass on time-honored artistic traditions to the next generation, creating art before your eyes.
      • Kiwi House: Take this rare opportunity to see the endangered New Zealand national bird in its nocturnal environment and learn more about their plight. Also learn about native plants and how the Maori use them.
      • Whakarewarewa Valley: Feel the power and majesty of the world's most accessible geothermal phenomena; see boiling mud pools, hot springs and geysers, including Pohutu, the Southern Hemisphere's largest active geyser.
      • Steambox lunch: Personally select the items you want for lunch, including chicken, corn, kumara, potato, and watercress; place them in an authentic hangi basket, and have them steam-cooked at an actual geothermal cooking pool.

      About This Tauranga Tour

      Like so much in Maori culture that establishes a relationship between the gods and the mortals, the geysers at Te Puia are believed to have been created by the goddesses of fire, Te Pupu and Te Hoata, as they traveled the earth searching for their brother, who was stranded on Mount Tongariro.

      These gifts from the gods served Te Puia well. They provided the settlement with impregnable defenses, and provided a constant source of hot water for bathing, washing clothes, and making dyes. The Maori also used the natural heat and steam for cooking their meals, which is how the items you selected for lunch will be cooked for you.

      After your lunch is prepared, you'll dine in front of Pohutu, the largest active geyser in the Southern Hemisphere, and the most photographed attraction in Rotorua. Next to it is the Prince of Wale Feathers Geyser, named in honor of a 1901 royal visit, because the geyser's rising plume was said to resemble the feathers in the prince's coat of arms.

      A traditional Maori lunch, cooked with geothermal heat and eaten in front of a world-famous geyser has the makings of an unforgettable story. But this story also includes hands-on instruction from a master weaver, and the chance to weave a chapter of the story that you can take with you.

      Open to all

      At the entrance to the ceremonial meeting grounds of Te Puia you'll find twelve carved figures, each holding a tall carved pole. These are celestial guardians from Maori culture, and each pole represents a spiritual or physical divine realm. The guardians all wear cloaks representing the realms they protect, and all the cloaks are closed except one: the path to enlightenment.

      Getting prepared
      Tour Participation Requirements
      Great photo opportunities Great photo opportunities
      Bring money Bring money
      Wear sunscreen Wear sunscreen
      Bring water Bring water
      Wear comfortable shoes Wear comfortable shoes
      Wear Hat Wear Hat
      Wear Sunglasses Wear Sunglasses
      Cancellation policy

      Non-refundable if canceled within 24 hours of requested services.

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