The Tribal Footprints Tour

See it all! The ultimate volcanic and geothermal Rotorua Tour. Learn about our huge colourful hot springs, erupting geysers and active boiling mud pools, spectacular volcanoes and lush native forest.

The Tribal Footprints Tour

Take a journey with a local guide in the footprints of the Maori tribe “Tuhourangi “

From here we proceed towards Taupo for a stop at the superb Lava Glass Blowing Factory / Showrooms and the spectacular Lava Glass Sculpture Garden.

The afternoon is spent learning about the history of the eighth wonder of the world, the pink and white terraces and the great 1886 eruption of Mount Tarawera that destroyed both the tribal village and the terraces.
Tour Type: Activity
From: Rotorua to Rotorua
Departs: Daily
Duration: Allow 4 hours
Tour Code: DROT05

Regions Visited

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Tour Inclusions

  • The Buried Village
  • Whakarewarewa Living thermal village
  • Lake Tarawera, Lake Tikitapu (Blue Lake) and Lake Rotokakahi (Green Lake)
  • Views of the Mt Tarawera Volcano/li>


Season Adult Child  
1 October 2020 - 30 September 2021 $150 NZD $100 NZD Enquire / Book
Departure: Tour departs at 1.00pm.

Children: Child age is 5 - 15 years.

Average Score: 5 (1 rating)
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I had a wonderful afternoon tour with Brian. I made the decision to travel to Rotorua on very short notice and Trent was able to confirm my tour without any trouble right away.

I got picked up from the lakefront in the afternoon and spent the next few hours with Brian exploring the local (and his own) Maori history. First we went out to the Buried Village, stopping at the Blue (Tikitapu) and Green Lakes on our way and learning about their Maori names and the story behind it. We took a walk through the Buried Village and Brian explained the history of his and other local tribes, the impact the eruption of Mount Tarawera had on the local settlers and so many more things.

Afterwards we went over to Whakarewarewa and walked through the settlement, with Brian explaining me key features of Maori settlement, the significance and meaning of a Wharenui (meeting house in a Marae) amongst so many other things.

I learnt so much this afternoon and thoroughly enjoyed every moment of this tour, it felt like discovering the world with a knowledgeable friend and it was great to meet some of the locals that live in the Whakarewarewa valley.

I would go on this tour again to learn more about the cultural history and to meet local people that live with the unique geothermal features that this country offers.