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Mitai Maori Village Cultural Experience in Rotorua
Get an authentic introduction to Maori culture with an evening at the Mitai Maori Village of Rotorua. See warriors in traditional dress paddle in an ancient canoe, and be captivated by the displays of weaponry. You'll watch 'haka' and poi dances and view glowworms in their natural habitat. This 3-hour experience includes round-trip hotel transport and a traditional 'hangi' feast with your admission ticket.
Nocturnal adventure Glow-worm tour
Even on the cloudiest night, the New Zealand glowworm lights up the darkness in a lucky few spots across the country. This short evening bush-walk departing from Rotorua involves a short drive, a walk through picturesque native bush and the chance to see these increasingly rare creatures. Tack this tour onto the end of a thrilling day in Rotorua instead of hiring a car for an almost two-hour drive west to visit the exceedingly popular Waitomo Caves. This is one of the easiest ways to experience Aotearoa’s unique glowworm habitats.
Cultural Experience & Seasonal Māori Cuisine at Te Pā Tū
While in Rotorua, see a cultural performance and take part in a 3-course seasonal fusion feast at Te Pā Tū, featuring lesser-known delicacies. A local guide escorts you by coach to the “marae” (Māori village) for an immersive evening that begins with a welcome ceremony by New Zealand's Indigenous people. Learn about local customs based on the Māori lunar calendar and watch a powerful display of song and dance.
Twilight Kayak Glow worm Tour
Adventurous travelers will love this glowworm-spotting tour with a difference. As the sun gets lower in the sky, paddle in a kayak on Lake Karapiro and along the Pokaiwhenua Stream. You’ll see beautiful native plants and bird life, and rock formations that have been naturally carved over centuries. Once the light disappears, you’ll see thousands of glowworms lighting your way. This tour is a fun way to experience some of New Zealand’s best natural attractions.
Thermal Path Tour
Rotorua is known for its hot springs and geothermal activity, but without local knowledge, it can be tricky to know the best off the beaten path mud pools and thermal springs to visit. This small-group guided tour is the perfect solution. Travel in an air-conditioned minivan, and visit a selection of outdoor thermal sites—such as Te Manaroa Spring, Waikite Valley Thermal Pools, and Waiotapu Mud Pool.
Ziplining Forest Adventure - The Original Canopy Tour Rotorua
This Rotorua zipline tour takes you soaring through a centuries-old forest canopy as you switch between the six zipline cables suspended 72 feet (22 meters) above the ground. Get a bird’s-eye view as two expert guides suit you up with safety equipment and teach you about the forest environment. Bonus: you can later download photos taken of you during your treetops adventure. Round-trip hotel transport is included on this small-group tour, limited to 10 people.
Kahukiwi Experiences Luxury 4WD 3hour Guided Maori Tour
Learn about vibrant Māori culture on this half day experience in Mourea, Ngāti Pikiao. Discover the heart of Aotearoa, admire stunning views and travel in a luxury 4WD on this guided tour. Start at the Rotorua Museum to gain historic context on the region. Travel to a local whenua. Learn the stories of whānau and immerse yourself in the spiritual essence of this land, home to Māori for generations.
Explore The Lakes Tour
Rotorua’s volcanic history has created a landscape of lakes. See some of the most spectacular ones on this half day tour, traveling in a small group with a knowledgeable guide. Exercise your legs with a bushwalk, watch springs bubble, and learn about the natural processes which have shaped this land of fire and water.
Mt Tarawera Fly-Drive Volcanic Experience
As well as the incredible views you’ll enjoy from the air on this scenic helicopter flight, you’ll also be treated to views of Lakes Okareka, Tarawera, and Rotomahana, and even White Island and Mt. Ruapehu on clear days. But this experience doesn’t stop with faraway views. After landing on Mt. Tarawera, you’ll be taken on a guided crater walk. Enjoy more panoramic views from the rim of the crater.
Redwoods Mountain Bike Ebike Tour HD
Ride Redwoods Bike Park on a full-suspension, electric mountain bike that lets you cruise up the big hills without breaking a sweat. Since the day is ‘semi-guided,’ you’ll have the best of both worlds: a local to show you the trails, and free time to pedal through the mountain bike park at your own pace, without being limited by a large group of cyclists.
Triple Pass Combo
Get away from the tourist crowds and explore the Bay of Plenty in a variety of ways with this combo ticket. Drive a four-wheel-drive buggy through dense native bush, ride a horse through the sprawling countryside, and shoot a few clay pigeons – all in an action-packed morning or afternoon. Ride down centuries-old forestry trails to isolated, hard-to-access locations with spectacular views of Lake Rotorua, Mokoia Island and the rest of the region.
Mount Tarawera/Orakei Korako "Thermal Explorer" Dual Landing
Admire amazing views of the Central North Island of New Zealand with this scenic helicopter flight and short walking tour. Take in spectacular aerial views of the Tarawera Falls, bubbling geothermal reserves, crater lakes and much more. After landing in the hidden valley of Orakei Korako, explore a local geothermal wonderland, including hot springs and magnificent geysers, before your return flight to Rotorua.
What people are saying about Half-day Tours in Rotorua
Mitai Maori Village Cultural Experience in Rotorua"The whole experience was amazing, the people, the food, the singing and the sharing of culture. It was the best experience ever 🙌"..."
Nocturnal adventure Glow-worm tour"a fun way to spend the evening; glow worms (up close and personal), stars, bugs, hedgehogs and wallabies!!"..."
Cultural Experience & Seasonal Māori Cuisine at Te Pā Tū"This experience is amazing. Everyone performing showed true passion in showing their culture and in learning yours. This will be a cherished memory and I thank them for that."..."
Twilight Kayak Glow worm Tour"Awesome tour! We had a fantastic time and would highly recommend this experience. Moderate level of physical exertion required."..."
Thermal Path Tour"What a great tour of Rotorua. Stephen was an expert guide who was very friendly and accommodating. Would highly recommend."..."
Ziplining Forest Adventure - The Original Canopy Tour Rotorua"Thoroughly enjoyed the experience. However we probably won't go through Viator again as the cost converting NZ currency to USA was to expensive."..."
Kahukiwi Experiences Luxury 4WD 3hour Guided Maori Tour"My husband and I felt that this excursion can be summed up in one word EXCELLENT! This family owned and run tour company are wonderful! Hari and his niece Meriana gave us a beautiful insight into the Maori culture. Not only did they explain they sang the love song beautifully. Being a small group excursion we felt that we were given VIP treatment. If you are given a choice, pick this one!"..."
Explore The Lakes Tour"Stephen knows his subject well. He met us ahead of time at our camp site out of his way and proceeded to show us areas we would never have access to. He was able to explain the way the islands were formed and the spring water sources to create the rivers and streams. It was a fascinating insight to nature and were in awe of the redwood trees. Stephen showed us the glow worms in the day near paths where we would never have looked and took photos of the delicate, enticing sticky stuff to attract the bugs. He provided hot chocolate and cookies during a break in the tour. He had thought of everything and is to be commended and thanked. You will not be disappointed if you choose to use Stephen's services!"..."
Mt Tarawera Fly-Drive Volcanic Experience"My grand daughter and I thoroughly enjoyed all aspects of the trip. Apart from the amazing helicopter views and the colours of Mt Tarawera, our really informative guides were a highlight of the day. The walk on the mount was harder than expected and I think the challenges of it should be pointed out in the advertising. It certainly requires a reasonable level of fitness."..."
Redwoods Mountain Bike Ebike Tour HD"Because of time restraint i decided to give ebike a try end up it was the best decision because ive riden 21 miles in short period of time."..."
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