The crew members then enjoyed a traditional hangi lunch, cooked underground with hot rocks.
After enjoying this tasty treat, the crew members walked around Te Puia’s geysers, which were active, for approximately 30 minutes – plenty of time to get some photos!
Crew members were also able to see bubbling mud, and the tour guide explained how the mud has been used both historically and today.
After touring Te Puia, the crew embarked on the bus for a tour of the Government Gardens and the base of Mount Maunganui. Throughout the bus ride, the driver enriched the tour by giving historical and trivial information about each area, finally returning the crew members back to the local port of Tauranga where the ms Oosterdam welcomed them back onboard.
Natalie Ansari is Oosterdam’s human resources manager.