Rotorua Living Maori Village Tour

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Day Trip / Out of Town, First Time Visitor, Museums / Culture, Shore Excursion


Kid Friendly: Yes.

Friendly: Yes.
I can fit a fold up wheelchair into the rear of the vehicle. Passengers must be able to get in and out of a car.

Maximum travelers: 5



English (fluent)

Visit and authentic Maori Village and see how they harness the geothermal energy

If you are interested in the Maori culture of New Zealand and want to understand more about the geothermal wonderland of Rotorua then this is the perfect tour for you. You will learn about the Bay of Plenty, how the Maori came to be here and their important journey to Rotorua. You will tour an authentic "Living Village" with a direct descendant of the Maori guides who have been sharing their stories and backyard for over 200 years, and enjoy a cultural performance complete with the famous Haka. A wonderful day tour full of geothermal wonders, history and culture.

Your tour will also include a visit to a kiwi fruit orchard, Manuka Honey facility, Rotorua City Tour, and Redwood Forest. Enjoy lush countryside and beautiful scenery on your full day tour from Tauranga.


The Tour begins with a gentle drive past Mount Maunganui and the sandy white sandy beaches. We will stop at a working Kiwi fruit orchard to view the vines and taste the green and gold kiwi fruit and juices before heading to Rotorua geothermal wonderland.

On arrival at Whakawerawera Living Maori Village your friendly local Māori guide will take you on a guided tour of their"backyard". See the Pohutu geyser, boiling mud-pools, steam vents and bubbling mud pools, and learn about how the Maori use the geothermals for cooking, bathing and heating their homes. You will also enjoy a cultural show including the fierce Haka.

After a cafe lunch and a Rotorua City drive including the Government Gardens and Rotorua Lakefront, we head back to Tauranga via stunning gorges, stopping to taste NZ Maunka Honey and see the live bee display.

After a great day out I will have you back to the port in plenty of time to board your ship, or to your accommodation for a well deserved refreshment!

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: Meeting location: I will meet you just outside the Port exit gates or in the reception of your local accommodation. I will have a sign with your name on it.

End location: End location: Drop off will be back at the Port gates or to your accommodation.

Duration: 7 hours

Tour length may vary depending upon concert and tour availability at the Maori Village and any additional stops which we make during the day. For cruise ship passengers, the departure time will fit in with the arrival and departure times of the ship.


My vehicles are comfortable, modern, clean and fully air-conditioned. All vehicles are Passenger Service Vehicles and fully comply with NZ Transport regulations.

6 passenger Estima Minivan. (Best for up to 5 guests but can take 6 Adults)
8 passenger VW Caravelle (6-8 guests)

Larger mini buses and coaches are available on request.

This tour is priced for 1-5 Adults. For larger groups, please ask for a quote.

What’s Included

- Pickup and drop off at Tauranga Port or your local accommodation
- Fully escorted tour
- Entry fees to Living Maori Village
- Guided Village tour and Cultural Show
- Kiwi fruit & Manuka Honey tastings
- Bottled water
- Free Wifi in vehicle

Estimated Local Cash Needed

25 NZD - Lunch at Rotorua Cafe. This would cover basic lunch. If you decide to go elsewhere costs will vary. I can make suggestions on the day of the tour.

What’s Extra

No extra required but you may like to bring cash or credit cards for souvenir shopping during the tour.


- I can access vehicles for up to 45 passengers. If you have a larger group, please ask me for a quote.
- All cruise ship passengers are met at the Port exit gates. Detailed meeting directions are provided.

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