THE SACRED WATERS OF WAI-O-TAPU, ROTORUA AND RAINBOW SPRINGS PARK
Nature excursion, Meal included
The region of Rotorua, not far from Tauranga, boasts some unmissable natural wonders: from Wai-O-Tapu Geothermal Wonderland with its exuberant volcanic activity to Rainbow Springs Parks with its kiwis, New Zealand’s iconic birds, on this trip we will discover a wonderful variety of natural sights in a host of colours, shapes and surprises.
What we will see
- Coach excursion
- Mount Maunganui, Wai-O-Tapu, geothermal reserve
- Rotorua, sightseeing tour, Government Gardens, Government House, Blue Baths
- Cable car ride, Skyline Rotorua, Mount Ngongotaha, buffet lunch
- Rainbow Springs, local flora and fauna, Nocturnal Kiwi House, kiwi encounter
What we will do
- We will leave the port by coach and head south towards Rotorua on a sightseeing tour that will last around 1 hour and 30 minutes, during which we can admire the imposing Mount Maunganui, an extinct volcano that towers over the city of the same name and its beach, which is ideal for surfing.
- Our first stop is Wai-O-Tapu, a geothermal reserve with volcanic origins famous for being the most spectacular and colourful in New Zealand. The site, which means “Sacred Waters” in Maori, can be reached by foot along a 2.5-km path and offers visitors unique displays and phenomena such as the “Champagne Pool”, geysers, smouldering volcanic lakes, craters, boiling mud pools and mineral terraces, all in an unrivalled setting. The smell of sulphur is also distinctive and typical of geothermal areas.
- After visiting this incredible natural wonder, we will get back on the coach and head towards Rotorua for a quick sightseeing tour of the city’s biggest attractions, such as Government Gardens and Government House, the Blue Baths, the lakeside with its swans and ducks, and some of the most important streets in the city as we travel to the cable car that will take us up to Skyline Rotorua. The cable car will take us up to Mount Ngongotaha where we will find Skyline Rotorua. We will stop here for a delicious buffet lunch in a restaurant with breathtaking views of the city and lake below.
- After lunch, we will take the cable car back down to the city and visit Rainbow Springs Park, the largest kiwi conservation site in New Zealand, which is also home to over 135 varieties of trees and ferns typical of the area, with tanks containing local trout of all ages, which splash the trees as they jump.
- Inside the park we can visit the bird and parrot enclosures and enter the Nocturnal Kiwi House, where we can find out about New Zealand’s iconic bird that is at risk of extinction: the kiwi.
- The return journey to Tauranga takes 1 hour and follows a different itinerary to the outbound journey. We will pass through a gorge, the forest and the New Zealand countryside. We will also have the chance to admire part of the city of Tauranga before crossing the bridge at the port and returning to the ship.