If you want to see the best bits of Rotorua in one day then this tour is for you – it has everything from singing and dancing, shooting steam and bubbling mud to a delicious and authentic Māori feast.
After a quick trip through the countryside from Auckland, your full-on Rotorua experience begins with a meal! Succulent and tender with a delicious smoky flavour, hangi is a traditional way of cooking food underground. Food is wrapped up and placed in wire baskets on top of sizzling hot stones, then buried in the earth for hours and slow-cooked. Tuck into a buffet hangi lunch cooked by the experts at Te Puia - trust us, your belly will thank you.
Next, experience spine-tingling harmonies and stirring dance at Te Puia’s Māori cultural performance. During this 45-minute kapa haka concert experience you’ll be welcomed onto the marae (meeting house) and enjoy expertly performed traditional song and dance including the famous haka (war dance), poi dance and stick games. You'll also have the chance to learn some of the moves yourself.
After the concert, join one of Te Puia's local guides for a tour of the rest of this premium cultural attraction. You'll get a great understanding of Māori life in the past and present, see master craftspeople and artists at work, and see the geothermal activity that makes Rotorua famous. From bubbling mud pools, fumaroles, steam vents and geysers (including the world-renowned Pohutu Geyser), it's all here for you to marvel at.
At the end of your guided Te Puia tour, it's time to board your coach and head back to Auckland.