Depart Tauranga for Rotorua, passing through Te Puke, the home of the New Zealand Kiwifruit. Time permitting we will stop at Kiwi360 a showcase of the kiwifruit industry and taste various products from this amazing fruit. Our route continues through farmland, native bush and forested areas past Lake Rotoiti and Lake Rotorua, just 2 of the 16 lakes in this region.
Arrive Te Puia, the home of the Maori Arts and Crafts Institute and the location of the famous Pohutu geyser. We visit the carving school and see craftsman fashion traditional wood carvings, then move on to watch the Maori women demonstrate flax weaving. A short walk through the geothermal valley of Whakarewarewa to view the mud pools.