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It just has to be Ben! with Ben




Ben has been a guide in the Rotorua region for 20 years now, this large handsome Maori man always wears a smile, has a great sense of humour and is an accomplished singer. We are sure if you ask him to sing you a Maori song he will burst in to Song to the delight of all around. Learn about Maori traditions, visit a Maori Marae (meeting house), experience geothermal reserves and bubbling mud pools, hike through the spectacular Waimangu Volcanic Valley, discover the region around Rotorua and Taupo that is the ancestral land of Ben's Iwi (tribe), but most of all, simply experience Ben! A day with Ben is a day to remember for a lifetime.

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TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • Maori Village visit including Marae (Ohinemutu) introduction
  • Gain a Maori perspective on current issues
  • Visit to Wai O Tapu Thermal Reserve, see geysers, bubbling mud and sulfur formations
  • Visit our Volcano, Mt Tarawera, and enjoy a native bush walk discussing Maori Rongoa (medicine), birds and tikanga (practices)
  • Endless photographic opportunities
  • Visit spectacular lakes and exotic native forests
  • Awesome Geothermal activity, bubbling colourful hotsprings, Maori Myths and Legends.
  • Enjoy a guided walk through the Waimangu Volcanic Valley
  • Gourmet Picnic Lunch or during times of inclement weather at a cafe overlooking Mt Tarawera
  • Walk to ancient Maori Rock Paintings and to the shores of Lake Tarawera
  • Walk through Redwood forests and native bush to finish your day
  • Endless entertainment and fun
  • Great for everyone; a super family experience

Pricing and Inclusions
$975.00 NZD based on two passengers
Up to 5 additional passengers at $75.00 NZD per person


ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS (not included in tour price)

Peppers on The Point

This luxury lodge is a converted 1930s mansion filled with beautiful antiques and a choice of 9 suites, most with views of the lake. The lodge offers gourmet food and wine, as well as a range of onsite activities like massage, tennis, gym and boating. Only 10 minutes from the heart of Rotorua City. Tarrif includes pre-dinner drinks and canapes, 4 course table d'hote dinner and full breakfast.

Special Local and Landscapes Extra: Two thirty minute massages


The Springs

Purpose built in 1998, this B&B is a perfect example of what every B&B should be like; intimate with only four rooms, elegant yet casually decorated, large rooms with every amenity a traveler could wish for and hosts who are professional and very fun! Set in the Rotorua central, you are close to all activities and restaurants.

Special Local and Landscapes Extra: Special bottle of New Zealand dessert wine




When you book our Locals and Landscapes Guide Ben a Donation of $10.00
per person will be donated to The Mount Ngongotaha Bush Restoration Trust,
helping New Zealand Encounters in our Conservation Efforts in New Zealand.

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Colwyn - Bay of Islands Exploration with Colwyn

Melissa - Maori art and culture with Melissa

Dee and Mike - Hauraki Gulf Cruising with Dee and Mike

Chad - Hauraki Gulf Cruising with Chad

Damian - Bush and Beaches with Damian - 2 Days / 3 Nights

Ben - It just has to be Ben!

Simon and Cath - Fishing and Fun with Simon and Cath 2 Days / 2 Nights

Geoff - Wine Indulgence with Geoff 1 Day / 2 Nights

Pete and Takutai - On the Water with Pete and Takutai - 1/1 1/2 & 2 Days / 2 Nights

Peg - Art and Design in Picton with Peg

Tony and Maree - The highlights of Christchurch with Tony and Marka

Mark - The Southern Alps by 4WD with Mark 1 - 2 day / 3 nights

Matt - West Coast Experience with Matt 3 Days / 2 Nights

Ron - Secrets of Fiordland

Brian - Wildlife Wonders with Brian 1-4 Days / 3 Nights






 
 
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