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Ancestral Footprints

Departs 9:30am and Returns 3:30pm


For many generations the Tuhourangi people lived in the shadow of Mount Tarawera. There was a steady stream of visitors from overseas who came to visit the magnificent and spectacular Pink and White Terraces, sited on the geothermal wonder, Lake Rotomahana. The guides of Tuhourangi became well known as the hosts of the terraces that quickly became known as the 8th Wonder of the Natural World. However all this was to change as on the fearful night of the 10th June 1886 Mount Tarawera erupted, taking with it lives, entire villages and the Pink and White Terraces. The Tuhourangi people were devastated by the loss of their many family members, the land and waters that had provided them with their food and their income. Some of the Tuhourangi settled at Whakarewarewa, thanks to the generosity of the Ngati Wahiao tribe who were willing to share their home. Here, Tuhourangi were able to rebuild their lives and continue welcoming and guiding visitors to experience Whakarewarewa’s natural wonders.

So join a descendant of the Tuhourangi people as she takes you on a journey to experience their unique lifestyle and history. Learn about aspects of the Māori culture first hand, experience Māori kai (food), see how our family lives amongst the bubbling hot pools, then experience seeing our sleeping giant, Mount Tarawera and enjoy bathing in the geothermal waters. This day's experience will leave you enthralled and inspired while you walk in the footsteps of the Tuhourangi people.
You will be picked up from your accommodation at 9:30am and taken to Whakarewarewa - The Living Village for your personal guided tour. There you will be taken through the village, attending a Māori cultural performance and participate in a traditional Māori style lunch.



At 1pm you will be taken on a 25 minute journey to Lake Tarawera passing Tikitapu – The Blue Lake and Rotokakahi – The Green Lake. On arrival at Lake Tarawera you will board the boat and meet your personal guide who take you on a 2 hour journey on Lake Tarawera while hearing the stories of the people, land and waters while visiting Hot water Beach and the Natural Bush Hot Pool.

On returning to The Landing you will be taken back to your accommodation.

What to Bring
- Good walking shoes, sun block, hat and camera.
-Swimming outfit. Towels will be provided.

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