Local Connections: Te Puia Thermal Reserve, Maori Arts & Agrodome

8.5 hours | Tauranga | T R G - 1 0 0
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Points of Interest

  • Rotorua
  • Te Puia Thermal Reserve
  • Agrodome
Shopping Opportunities, Includes meal, Moderate activity


Be sure to read the Special Notes further down this page for important requirements and restriction.

Set in the heart of 350-acres of lush farmland, the 40-year-old educational sheep and beef farm offers a fun-filled family tour that showcases sheep dogs in action, a sheep shearing demonstration and displays featuring 19 breeds of sheep.

Te Puia Thermal Reserve
Featuring 148 acres of geothermal wonders, Te Puia is home to the internationally renowned spouting Pohutu geyser and boasts silica terraces, pools of boiling mud and dramatic steams vents. The reserve also features a fascinating re-creation of an early Maori village. Follow a Maori guide on a fascinating tour of this natural wonder considered to be a sacred place by the Maori people.

Te Puia's Maori Arts & Crafts Institute
For 45 years, the institute's mission has been to preserve the ancient skills and rich culture of the Maori. Young people from across New Zealand are selected as apprentices and learn skills ranging from carving to weaving, and creating flax skirts and patterned bodices. After admiring their handwork, you'll be treated to intricate hand games that are used to train young warriors and a lively Maori concert, which includes the world famous haka, a war dance designed to frighten an enemy.

From the cute sheep at the Agrodome to the pools of boiling mud of Te Puia Thermal Reserve to the exhilarating war dance, the day offers one amazing photo op after another.

Discover New Zealand's culinary roots one bite at a time with a menu that includes Maori favorites including creamed kumara and watercress soup; salads; pasta tossed with chargrilled mushrooms; potato with garlic aioli, avocado oil and horopito; green salad; watercress kinaki and chili oil mixed with parmesan and kanuka smoked pine nuts; salsa made with spices such as horopito and harakeke dukkah; traditional rewana bread; traditional hangi with chicken, pork, lamb, potato, pumpkin, kumara, hot green vegetables, watercress, karengo (seaweed); and a dessert buffet with trifle, steamed pudding, custard and cream, ice cream, fresh fruit salad, and kiwi Pavlova.

The day is a shopper's bonanza! At the Agrodome, you can shop for colorful woolen products and while visiting the Te Puia Thermal Reserve, you'll have time to purchase souvenirs and traditional Maori carvings in the gift shop.

As you make your way through the North island's gorgeous countryside towards Rotorua, it's interesting to note that according to Maori history, Te Puia was the site where the fire goddesses Te Pupu and Te Hoata emerged from the earth's core.

Special Notes:

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.

Child Price:

12 years & under only

Tour timeline may vary to avoid overcrowding, etc.

Depart from ship for Te Puia Thermal Reserve

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Time spent at Te Puia Thermal Reserve including a guided tour, concert and buffet lunch

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Travel to the Agrodome

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Sheep show at Agrodome

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Re-board your motorcoach and return to your ship

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