Te Puia Thermal Reserve, Maori Arts & Agrodome
TRG-100 | Tauranga, New Zealand |
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Tour at a Glance
You will visit:
- Te Puia Thermal Reserve
You will see:
Approx. 9 hours
Max. Group Size: 42
Your day starts when you meet your guide, who also serves as your driver, for the 90-minute motorcoach ride through the North island's gorgeous countryside towards Rotorua.
Situated just north of Rotorua city, your first stop of the day is the award-winning Agrodome, a scenic and educational sheep and beef farm. As well as shopping for colorful woolen products, you will have the opportunity to learn about New Zealand's important sheep industry in an hour-long, fun-filled family tour that features sheep dogs in action, a sheep shearing demonstration and displays featuring 19 breeds of sheep.
Te Puia is home to the internationally renowned spouting Pohutu geyser and boasts silica terraces, pools of boiling mud and dramatic steams vents but best of all, your guide is a Maori who is keen to share the fascinating local lore and legends of this wonderful country. You will then view the reserve's fascinating re-creation of an early Maori village, and also have time to purchase souvenirs in the gift shop, including traditional Maori carvings.
At Te Puia's Maori Arts & Crafts Institute, where for the past 45 years, visitors have enjoyed this unique journey into the Maori's rich heritage. Their mission is all about preserving the ancient skills and rich culture of the Maori, and to that end, young people from across New Zealand are selected as apprentices. Here, the students learn skills ranging from carving to weaving, along with creating flax skirts and patterned bodices, and you will see all this at close hand.
At this special place, you will enjoy a delicious lunch and then a lively Maori concert, which includes the world famous haka, a war dance designed to frighten an enemy and intricate hand games that are used to train young warriors.
Your drive back to port will take you through beautiful Rotorua and kiwifruit country, so keep your cameras at the ready, sit back and enjoy everything this magnificent region has to offer.
Your walk at the thermal reserve consists of 650 yards over established walkways. As with all geothermal regions, the smell of hydrogen sulphide permeates the atmosphere.
Photography may be restricted.
Wear clothing suitable for conditions.
12 years & under only