Tauranga (Rotorua), New Zealand
Rotorua Geothermal Exploration by Bicycle
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Approximately 5½ Hours
This guided bicycle tour explores the geothermal wonderland and Maori cultural heart of New Zealand. Visit some natural and cultural sites in Rotorua and learn about the significance of the area to the Maori people. Your informative guide will help to make this a fun and interesting way to visit a very special area of environmental and cultural significance.
You'll begin with a stop at a modern-day Maori community and see geothermal activity all around you as you cycle approximately seven miles among bubbling mud pools, steaming vents, boiling waterholes and of course the ever-present sulfur aroma of Rotorua.
As you ride, watch for St Faith's Church, Tamatekapua Wharenui, Kuirau Lake and mud pools, cooking pits, Lake Rotorua, the Maori waka (canoe), Government Gardens, the Blue Baths, Malfroy Geysers, the Rotunda, Rachel's Spring, Sulphur Point and the Redwood Forest. You'll pause for a snack at the Rotorua Redwoods Park.
Learn about the unique geology of the area, its volcanic history and hear stories only the locals know. There are plenty of stops for photos and interesting facts.