• Cruising Overland
New Zealand River Jet
    Cruising Overland
    Tour includes: NZ Riverjet Jet Boating • Entry to Orakei Korako Thermal Reserve or The Squeeze Rainbow Mountain • Mud Pools • Refreshment and comfort stops will be made during your journey and also time for lunch
    

 

Rainbow Mountain

Scenic drive through lush farmland to Rainbow Mountain.
The Maori name for Rainbow Mountain is Maungakakaramea, meaning ‘mountain of coloured earth’. It is easily recognised by its coloured slopes and its unusual rounded knob on the top, known as Tihi-o-Rua, ‘the owls perch’. From its volcanic origins, the mountain has cooled over recent years, although in places it is still visibly smouldering.

Mud Pools

Short bushwalk to Crater Lake to view an explosion crater against a backdrop of bare brown, orange and red steaming cliffs and boiling mud pools. In 1925 New Zealand’s largest mud volcano was eroded by heavy rain. The vigorously active mud pools now occupying the site provide one of the best opportunities to photograph and experience the unique character and sounds of erupting mud. It is an ever active and changing landscape and very soothing for eroded urban nerve endings.

Riverjet Thermal Safari

Enjoy wildlife and scenery on the mighty Waikato River while travelling at a leisurely pace through the magnificent Tutukau Gorge. Stop and hear stories about the history of the region from your drive guide as you remark at the canyon walls which rise dramatically up to 50 metres above the water. On the return journey experience the iconic ability of the famous Hamilton Jet. Our experienced driver/guide will thrill you with spins in a part of New Zealand that many people don’t see.

Orakei Korako

Walk around this magnificent thermal reserve, see boiling pools of mud and water, geysers and silica terraces. See a pre European Maori battle site and see what was described by the Lonely Planet Guide as “possibly the best thermal area left in New Zealand”.

Rotorua Sites

Government Gardens - created in the 1890s. A series of ponds and a border of evergreen azaleas of immense size are of interest but the main display is from annuals, bedded out on the green lawns. A rose garden is kept in immaculate order. Recreational areas occupy the some of the garden while around the perimeter of the area are the historic Bath House, 1908, New Zealand’s first major investment in the fledgling tourist industry, and the magnificent restored art deco Blue Baths building.

The Redwoods - famous for its magnificent stands of owering Californian Coastal Redwoods.

Kuirau Park - occupies an area of geothermal activity typified by many hot springs, gas and steam upflows, thermally altered ground and silica deposits from prehistoric times.

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