From Trip Advisor
Found this tour after an online search and booked it based on great Tripadvisor reviews, the small group sizes and a quite reasonable price (compared to the cruise ship offering).
The online booking process was easy and convenient.
Bruce met us at the pier and there were only 4 of us on this particular trip.
The minivan was comfortable and we could spread out.
Bruce has a long history in the tourism industry and is a wealth of information.
He has a very easy going manner and kept the tour moving alone from a time point of view.
We drove directly to Rotorua and went to the Te Puia geothermal park.
He is well known here and knew exactly where to suggest to stand for the cultural performance, showed us through the student training facility for Maori arts, toured us around the geothermal park, all the while keeping an eye on the possible timing of the geyser going off and having us in a good viewing position.
The geyser this day was slow to recharge so we went to the cafe for lunch and sat on the verandah ready to watch the geyser.
We had a light lunch and it was reasonably priced.
We had to wait a while for the geyser to go off and Bruce was worrying that we were going to have to miss it as we were on a time restriction.
Just as we said that we had to start moving the geyser went off.
The view from the cafe verandah was actually a very good location for photos and you don't cop any spray from the geyser as a benefit.
We then toured around the public park with many geothermal outlets (if you are staying in Rotorua, do spend some time walking around this interesting park), a short tour around the streets of Rotorua showing us houses which had their own geothermal outlets on the property, then to the Redwood forrest, then a Kiwifruit farm on the way home where we learned about the production of Kiwi fruit and had a lovely icecream.
We got back to the cruise ship on time without any stress.
A great day out