Shore Excursions New Zealand

Find yourself on the trip of a lifetime when you join one of Toa Events Shore Excursions during your next cruise to New Zealand. We provide cruise ship passengers and crew members with authentic and unforgettable experiences designed specially to meet the market demand. The advantage and unique aspect of obtaining services from our company is that we are Indigenous to the land, giving us an intimate knowledge our competition can’t match. Trust our reliable guides to show you everything you’d ever want to see while visiting New Zealand.

CruiseMitai Cultural Shore Excursion – Rotorua, New Zealand

“Mitai … Indigenous culture at it’s very best”

Duration: Approximately 6.5 hours

Nau mai haere mai … Greetings, and welcome to the Bay of Plenty!

What better way to see and enjoy New Zealand’s premier destination Rotorua, than be hosted by “Tangata whenua – people of the Land” … and …. “Feel the spirit – Manaakitanga” . . . A deep-rooted Maori cultural tradition; ‘Manaakitanga’ which places a responsibility on us as your hosts to give you the best of ourselves, our time and our history.

You will be met by your Indigenous guide port-side to begin the most comprehensive Cultural tour of Rotorua tour. Traveling through the small coastal town of ‘Mount Maunganui’ you are about to embark on a shore excursion unrivaled anywhere else in the region as we make our way to Rotorua – the Cultural Capital of New Zealand.

Along the way your Indigenous Guide will provide ‘commentary’ as you are explained the stories of the land and people through linking it to the ‘Myths & Legends’ of ‘Maori – the Indigenous People of New Zealand’

Arriving in Rotorua, First stop will be a ‘Living Maori village’ enjoy as your Maori guides navigate you through this wonderland of ‘Geo-thermal and Geyser’ activity. See the magical ‘Pohutu Geyser’ and ‘Prince of Wales’ geysers as they play from their natural origins in this thermal park. Time to browse through the various ‘arts & crafts’ shops is encouraged where visitors can purchase ‘locally made crafts’, rather than mass produced souvenirs!

Departing the village, we drive through the city and past the ‘Rotorua Lakefront’ and ‘Government gardens’ – a slice of heritage important to the history of this famous New Zealand city, before arriving in Ngongataha and “Mitai”.

Be enthralled by the natural bush setting; see warriors in traditional dress paddle an “ancient warrior canoe (waka)” down the “Wai-o-whiro” stream. Marvel at the crystal clear water full of eels and trout, flowing directly from the earth at the sacred “Fairy Spring”. You will have an opportunity to see your traditionally cooked “Hangi” lunch being lifted from the ground. During our cultural performance, you’ll learn about our past, carvings and “ta moko (tattoo art)”. Be captivated by the displays of weaponry and combat, coupled with the grace and beauty of the ‘poi dance’.

You’ll be amazed by the spine tingling “haka” finale. After enjoying your scrumptious lunch in eloquent surroundings, it’s time to move on for the remainder of the days programme. The Mitai family is proud to have created a sacred and spiritual place that offers you an indigenous cultural experience like no other. We make our way back to Tauranga, first stopping to visit a Kiwi fruit orchard before arriving back at your ship.

Adults: $145.00 Child 2-12yrs: $95.00

DURATION: 6.5 hours

The Features:

  • Comfortable Air-conditioned Coach
  • Indigenous Guides and commentary
  • City Sights Rotorua
  • Ancient warrior canoe
  • Traditional Maori Hangi lunch (In-ground)
  • Cultural Performance and Haka (War dance)
  • Weaponry and combat display
  • Tattoo Art – during performance
  • Living Geothermal village and Geysers
  • Locally made Arts and Crafts
  • Kiwifruit Orchard

Price includes:

  • Pick-up and drop-off at cruise ship (Port of Tauranga)
  • All transport
  • All entries to activities
  • Indigenous guides
  • Hangi Lunch

Place Categories: Shore Excursions

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