Any visit to New Zealand isn't complete without experiencing the local culture, and the Whakarewarewa Village is New Zealand's only true living Maori village. With over five generations having lived here, you'll learn about the fascinating use of the geothermal valley in their day to day lives. From bathing to cooking and heating their homes, the geothermal wonders aren't just a spectacular sight. Whakarewarewa Village is also home to the famous Pohutu and Prince of Wales Feathers geysers, so keep an eye out to watch them burst with plumes of steam.
Spend a night discovering the rich Maori culture through story telling, dance and song. You'll get to feast on a delicious banquet made with the traditional Hangi method, where you food is cooked in a pit underground from hot rocks and the earth. You can partake in the traditional poi dance or even the renowned haka to truly immerse yourself in the local culture. Then be enthralled by the beauty and sublime power of the natural geothermal wonders that dot the 60 hectares of geothermal land of Te Puia.
The Hells Gate geothermal park is home to New Zealand's largest active mud volcano and the Southern Hemisphere's largest hot waterfall, as well as several other natural features. On your guided tour you'll not only learn about these natural wonders, but also the history and culture of the local Maori people and the significance of this land to their ancestors. It's a fun and interactive experience where you'll be able to touch and feel the three different types of mud produced here, from the silky grey mud to the cold white mud- ask your guide about the healing properties of each one!
Whether you are an early bird or prefer to sleep in, you can enjoy a meal and cruise on the scenic Lake Rotorua that fits your schedule. The hour long cruise boasts panoramic views of Rotorua and as you glide down the lake, you'll be able to spot Sulphur Bay, Kawaha Point and Mokoia Island. The Captain will also add insightful commentary about these landmarks, so make sure you stay tuned to learn about these beautiful sights. All of the three meal cruises are buffet style so you can enjoy a variety of local and exotic dishes, and they also cater for gluten free and vegetarians, so it is suitable for everyone!