My husband and I will be spending three nights in Rotorua at the end of February. We are flying in from Wellington on a Sunday afternoon, renting a car, staying at an airbnb property close to the lake, NW of Tamaki, and then leaving on a Wed. morning for the 10:00 Hobbiton tour. (also, how long should this drive take to Matamata?)
I've been reading about different Maori culture options, and would appreciate some input/advice on what's best. We are interested in seeing a village, having the traditional meal, and a show as well. -- all without being too "touristy". Is that possible?? We have been to luaus in Hawaii, and some of the reviews sound like the luaus there. We just spent a week in Iceland and enjoyed the geothermal wonders there. Also read about the bus transfer to Tamaki, but we have our own transportation, and are staying quite close to there.
Thanks for any info/advice!