Day Pass to Te Puia Cultural Center & Pohutu Geyser

Day Pass to Te Puia Cultural Center & Pohutu Geyser

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      Tauranga, New Zealand
      1.5 Hours
      Moderate
      Shore Excursion with Guaranteed Return to Ship
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      $ 37
      • 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.

      Meeting point

      Please make your way to Hemo Rd, Tihiotonga, Rotorua to begin your adventure.

      Helpful hints

      This tour offers independent exploration, giving you maximum flexibility to GoBe whatever and wherever you like and for the amount of time you wish to spend.

      Getting around

      Travelers will walk over approximately 800 yards of uneven terrain with slight inclines.

      Activity type

      Cultural, Tickets, Walking Tour

      Transportation used

      None.

      Tour ID

      TR-ANZ-NZL-TAUR-EN-1005

      Tour Participation Requirements

      Activity Level

      This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.

      Age restrictions

      Suitable for all ages.

      The entrance to Te Puia is guarded by twelve intricately carved "celestial guardians," each representing a divine realm. The first realm is protected by Puhaorangi, whose half-mortal son is the principal ancestor of the Te Arawa people. And so, with this tale of "Heavenly Origins," your journey into the culture and heritage of the Maori begins.

      Maori culture is full of legends about the union between gods and mortals. Even the kumara (sweet potato) is believed to have been given to the Maori by Rongo, the god of peace. At the top of each entrance guardian, there's a carved pole showing a different aspects of the Maori universe, such as the constellation that guides them back to their spiritual home, Hawaiki.

      The Maori come from a long line of guides and storytellers, and their legends and tales are preserved in songs, dances, and carvings, as you'll see in the magnificently decorated marae, or meeting house and grounds, and pataka, the storehouse for the chief's heirlooms.

      The Maori believe that the geysers in the area were a gift from the gods, formed by the goddesses of fire, Te Pupu and Te Hoata, when they sent the fire demons to help their freezing brother. They revere the kiwi because they believe it to be a son of the god of the forest. And they believe there's tremendous importance to the connection between the people and the land.

      It's a culture that begins with a divine celestial realm and extends to geothermal forces deep within the Earth.

      A nose for food

      There are five species of kiwi, all of which are classified as either endangered or vulnerable. Kiwis don't have a tail or wings, but can reach speeds of nearly 20 miles per hour with their powerful legs. Kiwis are highly sensitive to light, so they're nocturnal and only feed at night. But they don't need to see to catch prey; their sense of smell is so acute that they can pinpoint earthworms in the ground more than an inch below the surface.

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

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      Tauranga, New Zealand
      Tauranga, New Zealand
      Tauranga, New Zealand
      Great photo opportunities
      Bring money
      Wear sunscreen
      Bring water
      Wear comfortable shoes
      Wear Hat
      Wear Sunglasses

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