Today your experienced Driver/Guide will collect you
from your hotel for the start of your journey to Rotorua, New
Zealand’s Thermal Wonderland.
We go south to the Bombay Hills, greater
Auckland’s southern boundary, and down into the Waikato Basin,
the country’s most productive dairy pastureland.
We will follow the Waikato River, New
Zealand’s largest, until we reach the quaint little town of Cambridge,
a touch of England “down under” where we will stop to
stretch our legs and have tea or coffee at an old church that has been
converted into a comfortable and tasty stopover.
After our break we continue on through the forest parks
of the Mamaku Ranges and gradually down into Rotorua
steaming away on the lake edge.
We will stop in the beautiful Government Gardens
and stroll around for a while, unwinding from our drive, and have a
light lunch in the Museum Café. Moving on we visit Te
Puia Maori Arts & Crafts and Whakarewarewa geothermal
area, home of the famous Pohutu Geyser and boiling mud pools. There
is also an opportunity to see the kiwi, our national bird, in the
specially created “Kiwi House.”
As people have very different sightseeing requirements
we now have the option of: (at your cost)
1. A beautiful drive through native bush to Lake
Tarawera and the Blue and Green Lakes.
2. An entertaining Kiwi Farm Show to give you an idea
of our farming methods. See www.agrodome.co.nz
3. A visit to Rainbow Springs Nature Park. A chance for
you to browse through a natural New Zealand experience. See www.rainbowsprings.co.nz
4. A ride up Mt Ngongataha on a gondola to have a
thrilling ride on a four wheeled luge wending its way down part of the
mountain and then the return down on the gondola. See www.skylineskyrides.co.nz
5. A relaxing dip in the thermal waters at the
Polynesian Pools. See www.polynesianspa.co.nz
Whatever you choose to do you can be assured of a unique
experience in the heartland of Maori culture. Sit back, relax and allow
your tour host to show and tell you about the history and culture of
this fascinating area. If you wish to challenge your spirit, activities
and attractions abound, with something to satisfy everyone.
Later in the day, perhaps after relaxing in a thermal
pool, we will head back to Auckland, following the setting sun as we
pass through the open lush fields and rolling hills of Matamata
arriving back at your hotel in the early evening.