AGRODOME,LAKELAND QUEEN PADDLE BOAT AND MAORI EXPE
Nature excursion, Cultural, Meal included
Board your coach on the port and head south towards Rotorua, the most energetic thermal activity in the country. Rotorua has the largest Maori population and some of the best trout fishing in the world. Your first stop is at the acclaimed Agrodome, a scenic and educational sheep and beef farm. Here you will have the opportunity to learn about New Zealand's important sheep industry in an hour-long show that features sheep dogs in action, a sheep shearing demonstration and displays featuring 19 breeds of sheep, and also shop for colorful woolen New Zealand products. Re-board your coach for a short drive to Rotorua city lakefront, where you will board the paddle driven Lakeland Queen for a lunch time cruise in casual elegance to enjoy a delicious Captain's lunch. The Lakeland Queen is unique to New Zealand and purpose built for Lake Rotorua and shallower waters, making it the perfect way to coast Rotoruas iconic lake and have 360 degree views of scenery. Cruise by historic Ohinemutu, Kawaha Point, Mokoia Island, Sulfur Point, the summit of Mount Tarawera and many other geographical features. On completion of lunch, travel through Rotoruas Government Gardens and past the blue Baths to Te Puia, the home of the Maori Arts and Crafts Institute. Begin your arrival with a welcome onto the Marae where you take your seats in the meeting house to enjoy the Maori Cultural Performance, where you will view traditional songs, dancing, and demonstrations of fighting skills, including the world famous Haka (war dance). Take time to visit the wood carving and flax weaving schools. Visit the nocturnal Kiwi House where you will see our iconic emblem the kiwi bird. Finally, prepare to be amazed by the beauty and uniqueness of this thermal reserve. It has silica terraces, bubbling mud & pools, the famous Pohutu Geyser and more than 500 springs that may vary in temperature from cold to violently boiling. Time permitting you may shop for souvenirs. On leaving Te Puia, you then travel for one hour via an alternative route to return to Tauranga, providing an opportunity to view different landscape and scenery of New Zealand before returning to your ship.