Rotorua - culture, gondolas and gardens!


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Day Trip / Out of Town, First Time Visitor, Local Experience, Museums / Culture


Kid Friendly: Yes.

Friendly: Yes.

Maximum travelers: 4



Private tour of Rotorua and surrounds

Experience all culture of Te Puia then venture into the skyline excitement of the gondolas and the luge and/or take a gentle stroll through the Government gardens and along the edge of the lake!

Visit the fully carved wharenui (meeting house) Te Aronui a Rua and the pre-European Pikirangi Village to get a feel for everyday Experience the thrill of Māori songs and dances and the warmth and manaakitanga (hospitality) of the performers who enthral and entertain every day.
Experience stories of voyaging, arrival and adaptation in New Zealand in Te Puia's world class galleries, Ngā Waru Pū Manawa and Te Whare Tapere. Understand more about the concepts and customs of our world.

The Luge is an exciting ride for all ages. A world 'first' proudly designed and built in Rotorua, the Luge is a fun filled ride on a three-wheel cart. There's a great cafe and optional helicopter rides.

Another option is a stroll through the infamous Government Gardens that play host to another opportunity to experience Rotorua.


Pick up from cruise ship or your Tauranga area location. Head to Rotorua to pursue the activities of your choice. These can include a combination of Te Puia, Skyline gondolas and luges, Agrodome, Buried Village. I have a number of interesting little stops along the way which of course are all optional. Drop off is at back at starting point.

Meeting Point + Tour Duration

Meeting Point Options: Cruise Ship Port, Airport, Hotel, Address or Intersection

End Point Options: Cruise Ship Port, Airport, Hotel, Address or Intersection

Duration: 8 hours

This is an approximate only


For up to 3 passengers it is my BMW 750iL. For more than 4 people please enquire

What’s Included

Other: Pick up from your cruise ship or other place of your choice and drop of to same. The fee includes all transportation costs and my charges for the day. All optional extras are your choice and listed below.

Estimated Local Cash Needed

300 NZD - Admission to Te Puia NZD54.00, cultural performance within Te Puia NZD8.10, the gondola ride NZD31, luge rides NZD14 with concessions available, Wai-o-Tapu geothermal area NZD32.50, Buried Village NZD35.00. All prices quoted are adult prices and subject to change. Lunch and coffee stops are all your choice

What’s Extra

Other: Admissions are as follows

Te Puia geothermal area NZD $54.00
Cultural performance within Te Puia $8.10
The gondola ride NZD31 with luge rides NZD14 with concessions available
Buried Village $35.00
Lunch and coffee stops are all your choice

A Recent Review of this tour

Julie was a very knowledgeable guide and showed us all the best of Rotorua and descirbed all of the history of the Maori Culture. A great day!!!!!!
Sylvia Brauner

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