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Shore Excursion to the Maori Culture Centre: Kiwi birds, and Geo-Thermal Valley provided by Archer Tours

Shore Excursion to the Maori Culture Centre: Kiwi birds, and Geo-Thermal Valley

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  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Updated 02/07/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 02/07/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Overview
Itinerary
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You'll start at
1 The Mall
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  • 1
    Te Puia
    Stop: 2 hours - Admission included
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  • 2
    Government Gardens
    Stop: 20 minutes -
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  • 3
    Papamoa Beach
    Stop: 20 minutes -
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    Pass by Pilot Bay
You'll end at
1 The Mall
1 The Mall, Mount Maunganui, Tauranga 3116, New ZealandLook for me outside the Port gate holding a sign with your name on it.
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Important Information
Departure Point
1 The Mall, Mount Maunganui, Tauranga 3116, New Zealand
Duration
7h
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • Port pickup and drop-off
  • Driver/guide
  • Live commentary on board
  • Entry/Admission - Te Puia
Exclusions
  • Lunch
  • Gratuities
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Additional Info
  • At time of booking, Cruise ship passengers must provide the following information at time of booking: ship name, docking time, disembarkation time and re-boarding time
  • Collapsible wheelchairs with removable wheels can be accommodated providing the passenger is accompanied by someone who can assist them board and disembark
  • Umbrellas provided for wet weather
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 11 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Michael K wrote a review Mar 2020
Louisville, Kentucky6 contributions
This is an all time favorite tour. Jim Archer knows the Maori culture and he is well respected among the Maori Cultural Center (Te Puia in Rotorua) staff. He gave us a refreshing education on Maori symbolism in their carving, weaving, music and rituals. I say "refreshing"
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Response from JimArcherToursNZ, Owner at Shore Excursion to the Maori Culture Centre: Kiwi birds, and Geo-Thermal Valley
Responded 29 Mar 2020
Hello Michael Thank you for your review, it is always lovely to hear how much travelers enjoy their tour with me. I think I have the best job in the world. I meet fantastic people from all over the world, drive them around my small corner of Paradise and talk to them all day. Oh I also show them very interesting sites and teach them a little about my Maori culture of course. Plus it is also fun hearing about your part of the world and the things you get up to as well. Take care of yourselves during this Virus pandemic. Jim Archer
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bredon wrote a review Mar 2020
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Jim Archer was an amazing guide. We saw the Maori Culture Center and it's school for those learning the culture and crafts. The Geo-thermal valley was incredible with its many geysers. Jim recommended a local lunch dish with chicken, corn, stuffing and sweet potatoes. It was
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Response from JimArcherToursNZ, Owner at Shore Excursion to the Maori Culture Centre: Kiwi birds, and Geo-Thermal Valley
Responded 24 Mar 2020
Thank you bredon52 for your review, it is always a fun day for me to show our overseas guests around my small corner of Paradise. I am so please you enjoyed your day. I hope you are both well and are able to escape from this lunacy the world is going through at present, hopefully someone will find the right answer soon. We are in complete lockdown here in NZ so my "poor wife" has me all to herself for the next month. Thank you again, stay safe out there. Jim Archer
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jcw2393 wrote a review Mar 2020
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We highly recommend this tour to the Maori Culture Center. The geo-thermal valley was fascinating, but for us the highlight was touring the Cultural Center and seeing the students there at work. We got our only look at kiwis there also! You’ll be happy with this tour!
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Response from JimArcherToursNZ, Owner at Shore Excursion to the Maori Culture Centre: Kiwi birds, and Geo-Thermal Valley
Responded 29 Mar 2020
Hello jcw2393 Thank you for your review. I agree with you 100%, the geo-thermal valley certainly is fascinating with the steaming geysers and boiling mud pools but the Maori Cultual Centre at Te Puia is always a highlight for my visitors. Here I can give you an understanding of my culture, show where we came from and explain to you how we adapted once the English arrived 1,000 years after we settled here. You get to take part in a traditional Maori welcome to the Marae, (village courtyard) watch an excellent Maori performance of traditional song and dance, plus visit the carving and weaving school to watch the students learning their craft. I believe this is the best place in New Zealand to learn about our Maori culture and to discover how we have become the best multi-cultural country in the world. Thank you again for your review, I a so pleased you enjoyed your tour with me. Stay safe around this world wide virus. Jim Archer
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oreotawny wrote a review Mar 2020
London, Canada67 contributions3 helpful votes
There were 4 of us travelling together and we were met with Jim at the cruise ship in Tauranga and travelled with 4 others in a small van. Jim was very informative, answering all our questions, pointing out interesting sights with a great sense of humour. We stopped at the
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Response from JimArcherToursNZ, Owner at Shore Excursion to the Maori Culture Centre: Kiwi birds, and Geo-Thermal Valley
Responded 29 Mar 2020
Hello oreotawny Yes Papamoa Beach is a beautiful beach and quite often my passengers ask me if we really do need to leave it. However many people tell me that the highlight of their tour is their visit to Te Puia, the Maori Cultural Centre and geo-thermal valley because they learn so much about my culture, where we came from, how we arrived in New Zealand, how we adapted to the country and climate and also how we adapted once the English arrived here 1,000 years later to become the best example of a multi-cultural society in the world. I am so please you enjoyed your tour and I agree 100%, Small Groups are the way to go. We get to move around much quicker than large bus groups do, it is much easier for me to talk to you all and much easier for you to hear my explanations as we walk around. Plus I get to hear your stories, of your adventures and families. Thank you so much for your kind review. Jim Archer
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Scott A wrote a review Mar 2020
Cary, North Carolina40 contributions17 helpful votes
Our excursion with Jim Archer is a great reminder of why small private tours are such great values. We certainly had a full day as promised with visits to Rotorua and the Maori Cultural Center. Possibly the best part of our trip was our conversation with Jim about the people,
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Response from JimArcherToursNZ, Owner at Shore Excursion to the Maori Culture Centre: Kiwi birds, and Geo-Thermal Valley
Responded 29 Mar 2020
Hello Scott and Neal Thank you for your kind review. Yes this tour is a full day, usually departs around 8am and gets back to the port around 4pm. depending on what time your ship docks of course. Plus of course there are never more that 11-passengers at any one time, unless of course you have a large group of friends who wish to travel together, then I have access to a larger vehicle. I do like to keep my tours casual and friendly, so I don't like to keep talking non-stop just for the sake of talking. I am not a lecturer so casual conversation goes down much better I believe, plus this encourages you the passenger to get involved by asking questions and giving your opinions. So as well as you learning about my culture and the New Zealand way of life, I get to learn about where you come from and how you do things in your part of the world. I have a pretty cool job, driving around talking to people all day long. Thank you again for your kind review. Jim Archer
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Key Details
  • Duration: 7h
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
  • Hotel Pickup
  • Languages Offered: English
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