Rim Of Fire Experience

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Tour Summary

Uncover geothermal hotspots, discover vibrant cities and be immersed in the awe-inspiring Māori heritage that holds a special bond with this ancient land.

Tour Highlights

 

  • Enjoy a scenic drive through lush countryside with opportunity for photo stops

  • Explore the incredible Lady Knox geyser eruption with heights of 10 to 20 metres

  • Explore the amazing Wai-o-Tapu thermal wonderland geothermal walk including the truly fascinating champagne pool

  • Discover surreal beauty and dramatic geothermal landscapes

  • Experience an evening of ceremonial ritual, powerful cultural performance, storytelling & hangi feasting

  • Discovering unique Māori heritage, culture & customs

  • Traditional Hangi buffet & Poroporoaki closing ceremony

  • Authentic & expressive cultural performance

  • Chance to step into a real The Lord of the Rings film set

  • Remarkable 360-degree views of the rolling Kaimai Range

  • Opportunity to have a drink at the cosy Green Dragon Inn

  • Amazing photo opportunities at the colourful Hobbiton village

Tour Inclusion

 

  • Fully guided return transfers from Auckland

  • Complimentary pick up and drop off from Auckland CBD

  • Complimentary refreshments and water on board

  • Access to Wi-Fi on board for a small surcharge

  • A local English-speaking tour escort throughout the journey

  • Hand-picked accommodation, selected to immerse you in your destination

  • Luxurious temperature controlled transportation in a minibus

  • All entrance and activity fees except add-ons

  • Dinner and dessert at the evening cultural performance

  • Exclusive immersive activities and interaction with local communities

  • Built-in leisure time, to explore destinations as you wish

Tour Description

Uncover geothermal hot spots, discover vibrant cities and be immersed in the awe-inspiring Maori heritage that holds a special bond with this ancient land.

 

Day 1: Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland & Tamaki Māori Village Evening Cultural Experience

Experience a land where myth and legend come to life, where the earth boils, mud heals, and steam disappears into the clouds above with a majestic and magical, the Redwoods Tree walk experience is truly a walk to remember. Discover an area which has been sculptured by geothermal activity for over thousands of years, and see unique volcanic features, geysers and more! 

Join us for an unforgettable journey that will take you deep into the heart of Māori culture at the most awarded cultural tourism attraction in New Zealand. Learn about the intriguing Māori traditions and savour a delicious 3 course Hangi. After an awe-inspiring experience, relax at our overnight stay in Rotorua.

The most award-winning Māori culture attraction in New Zealand... Journey with us to the outskirts of Rotorua, to a Māori village nestled in an ancient forest Voted Top 10 Experience in the World, this is a cultural experience like no other. Delivered with genuine heart and soul, Tamaki Māori Village offers a window in to a truly riveting, spirited way of life.

Experience an evening of ceremonial ritual, powerful cultural performance, storytelling & Hangi feasting. Warriors emerge from the forest by canoe to perform the powhiri, an ancient ceremony of welcome that allows visitors safe passage into the village nestled within a native Tawa Forest.

 

As you wander beneath the stunning forest canopy, the pre-European village the village comes alive with sights, sounds & activity of days gone by including haka, poi, tattooing, weaving, carving and arts of warrior training. You will have the opportunity to participate in these activities. Witness the earth being scraped away from the hangi pit to reveal baskets of food cooked beneath the ground on hot stones. Enter the ancestral meeting house and enjoy a powerful cultural performance before dining the traditional hangi buffet feast!

 

The evening ends with the Poroporoaki (official closing ceremony) before you are returned to your accommodation.

 

 

Day 2: Hobbiton Movie Set Experience

Experience the real Middle-earth with a visit to the Hobbiton Movie Set, featured in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films. Travel in style from Rotorua to Hobbiton Movie Set - set on rolling farmland, this is the world famous movie set where you'll see the intricately created 'Hobbit holes' the Green Dragon Inn, the Party Tree and so much more cinematic magic!

Extra Activity/Add-On (Optional) - Hamilton Gardens and River Cruise

 

Extend a little further to enjoy the man made beauty in the midst of a themed garden. An award-winning public garden and Waikato’s most popular visitor attraction. Hamilton Gardens is the most visited tourist attraction in the Waikato. It tells the story of the gardens through themed gardens.  Experience the beauty and tranquil water of the Waikato river on the floating cafe runs from Hamilton Gardens with the best views in the Waikato and enjoy a relaxing cruise on New Zealand's longest waterway flowing through Hamilton, New Zealand's largest inland city.

Tour Requirements

  • A minimum of 2 people are required for this tour to operate.

  • Comfortable walking shoes

  • Sunglasses, sunscreen and hat

  • Warm layers in cooler months and a waterproof

  • Camera, Go-Pro, binocular

  • A sense of adventure

  • A low level of fitness is required

 
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