New Zealand is located on the Pacific Ring of Fire and the geo-thermal activity of its volcanic plateau is manifested in erupting geysers, steaming fumaroles, mud pools and hot geothermal waters. Rotorua is the touchstone of Maori culture and is a thermal wonderland of fiery heat, sulfuric air, steam and magical waters.
At Hell’s Gate Geothermal Reserve, walk past steaming fumeroles and pools of boiling mud—such proximity to these is both thrilling and unnerving.
See the violent geothermal activity of the Inferno and the Kakahi Falls, the largest hot waterfall in the Southern Hemisphere.
Nature’s own warning signs will keep you on the straight and narrow path to Hell’s Gate.
Continue to Mitai Village, where you will be welcomed with a challenge by a Maori warrior in traditional dress. You will then be treated to a 30-minute authentic Maori cultural performance.
A hangi lunch is served, cooked in the earth in a manner similar to a Hawaiian luau.
Take a bush walk to Fairy Spring, delivering some 24 million liters of crystal clear water daily, and view the awe-inspiring waka war canoe paddled by Maori warriors in traditional costume up the Wai-o-Whiro stream.
At Rainbow Springs Nature Park, view New Zealand’s tuatara lizard, trout, native and endemic bird life including New Zealand’s national icon, the flightless kiwi.
You will also take a nine-minute boat ride on a 1,400-foot concrete flume following the journey of the ecological evolution of New Zealand.
The hangi meal includes chicken, lamb, potato, kumara, corn and garlic bread. It is not suitable for vegetarians as meat and vegetables are cooked together; however, should a vegetarian option be required, please advise the Shore Excursions staff on board the ship (as soon as possible) so that a special request can be made. Approximately 45 minutes to an hour is spent at the geothermal area. Not advisable for guests using a wheelchair or for those with back problems.