Tauranga (Rotorua), New Zealand
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Approximately 4¼ Hours
This tour explores the incredible abundance and productivity of the land in the aptly-named Bay of Plenty.
You will visit a Maori marae (meeting place) to be welcomed and hosted by a Maori family. They are descendants of the migrants who arrived on the first oceangoing canoes from central Polynesia, more than 650 years ago. Hear their stories and enjoy their songs and dances as they trace their family history through the generations.
Tour past kiwifruit orchards and walk under the green and gold kiwifruit vines with your guide and marvel at the extraordinary volume and quality of fruit produced here. Almost all of New Zealand's immense and world-famous kiwifruit crop is grown on this small pocket of land.
A freshly-prepared morning snack will be served at a local village community hall, where you'll have an opportunity to shop for kiwifruit-inspired gifts and souvenirs at the boutique marketplace here.
Enjoy an exclusive visit (not open to the general public) to the home of a Maori elder situated on the stunning coastal headland at Maketu. This is the location of an earlier Maori fortification (pa) with its stunning, 360-degree panoramic views and a strategic location that has been so prized and so ardently contested by neighboring Maori tribes.