The whole day was brilliantly organised with the highlight being the cultural show at the Whakarewarewa Geothermal Village. The insight into Maori culture was thought provoking and it was a great privilege to visit with the local townsfolk. Commentary from the guide was very informative and every stop was interesting. Lunch too was basic but very good. The visit to the Polynesian Spa was very warm and relaxing
My favourite tour of our cruising holiday to New Zealand. kiesh, the guide at the living Maori Village was lovely and provided lots of great local information. Seeing the beautiful hot springs was amazing and the Polynesian Spa Pools just topped the day off. A definite must. Our tour guide Natalia was great and she even made time for us to stop into a Kiwi Fruit Orchard, which was great.
OUTSTANDING! One of the best tours of the whole 34 day back-to-back cruise, and all done with Viator. Our tour guide really earned her tips, with a running commentary and so many different stops: kiwi plantation, whiskey tasting the distillery owner was a real comic. And the thermal spa -- be prepared for some very warm to hot water. And you can rent bathing suits and towels if you don't want to bring your own.
The Maori village was another great part of the tour . . . . we could not have had a better time! From where we docked it was a one-minute walk to where all the tour vehicles picked us up 8-10 person vans.
Our driver Buddy was a delight and a wealth of information on this tour. He made everything about this tour entertaining and interesting. Our lunch venue was pleasant and the lunch which was also accompanied by pastries, cakes and fruit for dessert was very good. The living Maori village immersed us into a tangible cultural experience and was well worth visiting along with the Polynesian Spa. After thoroughly immersing ourselves into these geo thermal springs, we all felt very relaxed and our skin felt satin soft. However, a word of advice - Don't wear any jewellery in the water - particularly silver as this sulphuric environment will turn it black. If you are arriving in Tauranga by ship, this tour definitely covers many sites and is well worth experiencing.
Everything was as was described in the tour description. The guide Natalie was excellent, the van was new and comfortable, The visit to the geothermal geysers was interesting and the cultural performance very enjoyable. The lunch was OK and the spa just as expected with variety of mineral hot water pools, Finally for an added bonus we were taken to a kiwi orchard to tour around and sample green and golden kiwi. We got back to the ship with a few minutes to spare to walk around the harbour.