Auckland – Rotorua – Waitomo - Auckland
Experience New Zealand through a Japanese lens. Guided by Japanese New Zealanders, you will be immersed in genuine Japanese culture, food, art and language. Exploring all the connections to Japan hidden in plain sight across the city.
Capture the essence of both modern & traditional Japanese life and the close links between New Zealand & Japanese culture, its people, architecture and landscapes.. Touring across New Zealand, you are greeted by innovative Japanese New Zealanders who bring a taste of Japan through their businesses and passion.
Day One Traditional Welcome
Traditional welcome by your Japanese hosts. You’ll be ‘transported’ into your Japanese Immersion.
On the way we’ll visit Hamilton Gardens for Japanese Cherry Blossoms and Gardens along with a Japanese Barbeque Lunch, Teppenyaki
Waitomo Caves, guided entry to the caves to discuss the similarities of landscapes in Japan.
Tonight we stay at the beautiful Terume Resort, complete with their own Onsen pools.
On arrival in Rotorua we explore Japanese fashion with Yakuta & Happi dressing. You’ll appreciate the simplicity and beauty of this traditional garment, plus of course the selfie and group photo-shoot
Dinner is at The Distinction Hotel Rotorua Mr Yakitori. Before heading back to enjoy a relaxing soak at Terume resort. Including a lesson on "How to enjoy Onsen" experience during the stay
Day Two Onigiri breakfast
Start the day with Yamato Onigiri breakfast. A really authentic way to start the day, and gives us the energy required for the continued Japan engagement.
Visit Te Puia - Tuku Iho Exhibition in Japan. An amazing tie between Maori and Japanese culture starts the day. We’ll learn the significance of the relationship between cultures and the weaving of their shared stories.
Redwood Forest - Tree Walk
Swing through Redwood forest tree walk guided in Japanese and marking the similarity between the natural landscapes of Japan & NZ.
Next we head to Skyline to explore cherry blossom tree’s our Japanese students planted in the past. Tonkatsu Lunch at the top of the mountain, and maybe even a quick trip down the Luge for the brave
As our Japanese Immersion comes towards a close and we head back to Auckland we run through some language exercises and Calligraphy
You will have walked in the footsteps of your Japanese host, found some hidden Japanese gems and bonded through genuine Japanese experiences. Plus of course knowing the best food to order at Japanese restaurants !