Rotorua: Tribal Footprints Tour
- 4 Hours
- 4 Hours
- On request
Take a journey with a local guide in the footprints of the Maori tribe "Tuhourangi". The afternoon is spent learning about the history of the eighth wonder of the world, the pink and white terraces and the great 1886 eruption of Mount Tarawera that destroyed both the tribal village and the terraces. To bring the story alive visits are made to The Buried Village, Whakarewarewa Living thermal village, Lake Tarawera, Lake Tikitapu (Blue Lake) and Lake Rotokakahi (Green Lake) and you will also enjoy views of the Mt Tarawera Volcano.
See where local Maori live now today in the thermal village of Whakarewarewa after being displaced by the Tarawera eruption of 1886. You can watch/purchase food cooked in the thermal waters and see the Pohutu geyser erupt. Boiling mud and thermal springs are on the guided walk through the living arts and crafts Maori village.
Then take a scenic drive to the Blue and Green Lakes lookout and visit the Buried Village which is the former tribal lands of the Tuhourangi people. Here you can enjoy a guided walk through excavations/museum of the Buried Village and learn the stories of the how the eruption affected the land and the people of this time. The tour includes a beautiful native bush walk to a waterfall and Lake Tarawera lookouts.
Duration: 4 Hours
Departs: 1 p.m. - Returns: 5 p.m.