Tiki Touring New Zealand Travel
One Tree Hill in Auckland

Visit Tiki Touring for the best ideas of where to stay and what to do in New Zealand

- Visitor Information -
Map of New Zealand
Currency Converter
Car Hire
Distances Between Cities
City & Street Maps
Inter City Coachlines
City-by-city Events
City Hotel Search
City-by-city Hotels
Where to Eat Guide
Latest Tour Deals
NZ Duty Free
- Major NZ Cities -
Where to Stay
What to Do
AA Map of Auckland
Street Maps
Transport Journey Planner
(Bus and train timetables)
Inter City Bus Timetables
Climb Auckland Harbour Bridge
Latest Tour Deals
Auckland Airport
Flight information
Wellington Suggestions
Wellington Sights & Events
Wellington Hotels
Christchurch Suggestions
Christchurch Sights & Events
Christchurch Hotels
Dunedin Suggestions
Dunedin Hotels
Dunedin Tours
- Regions of NZ -
Bay of Plenty
Rotorua Suggestions
Rotorua Sights & Events
Rotorua Hotels
Tauranga Sights and Events
Tauranga Suggestions
Tauranga Hotels
Mt Maunganui Suggestions
Mt Maunganui Hotels
Akaroa Tours
Kaikoura Hotels
Coromandel Suggestions
Coromandel Hotels
Thames Hotels
Hawke's Bay
Hastings Hotels
Hastings Tours
Napier Hotels
Napier Suggestions
Napier Tours
Palmerston North Hotels
Blenheim Hotels
Blenheim Tours
Nelson Hotels
Nelson Tours
Picton Hotels
Picton Tours
North of Auckland
Bay of Islands Ideas
Bay of Islands Hotels
Bay of Islands Tours
Russell Tours
Paihia Tours
Whangarei Hotels
Far North Hotels
Arrowtown Hotels
Cromwell Hotels
Fox Glacier Hotels
Fox Glacier Tours
Franz Josef Hotels
Franz Josef Tours
Queenstown Suggestions
Queenstown Hotels
Queenstown Tours
Te Anau Hotels
Te Anau Tours
Wanaka Hotels
Wanaka Tours
Poverty Bay
Gisborne Hotels
Taranaki Hotels
Taranaki Suggestions
New Plymouth Hotels
Wanganui Hotels
Taupo Hotels
Taupo Suggestions
Ohakune Hotels
Hamilton Hotels
Hamilton Tours
Waikato Suggestions
Waitomo Caves
Waitomo Hotels
Waitomo Tours
Other Links
Travel Links

Rotorua Duck

Touring in a WWII Amphibious Vehicle

Book a Trip on the Duck
Pictures of the Duck Tour
All About Rotorua
Rotorua an Adventure Wonderland

Rotorua Duck ToursBy Richard Moore

For a very different - and fun - look at Rotorua then put aside 90 minutes and hop on board Rotorua Duck Tours.

Now just to set the scene - and the tone of the journey you are about to embark on - you are handed a plastic quacker when you hop aboard the Duck, or more accurately the DUKH.

The Duck is a bright yellow amphibious craft from WWII that can also motor about on the roads.

Your guide for the outing, in our case Grant, is known as the Conducktor. He will entertain you with information about Rotorua and its environs in a very amusing way and one of his many tasks is to get you to quack your quacker as loudly as you can at just about everyone and everything you pass along the way. Except the hunting shop - for some reason that has an exemption.

Rotorua Duck ToursAnyway you begin your tour down at Lake Rotorua where the conducktor will fill you in on various Maori legends of the area, including the real-life love match of Hinemoa and Tutanekai.

From there you set off at a surprisingly brisk pace to the Government Gardens, zip around the Museum and Blue Baths, check out Sulphur Point (where Rotorua gets most of its odour from) and then on to Lake Tikitapu, the Blue Lake.

For an old girl the DUKH does motor and it's with some excitement, not to mention masses of water, that you splashdown in the Blue Lake for the first of two amphibious ventures out on to the water.

Rotorua Duck ToursAnd, for a heavy beast, it's suprising how the Duck takes to the lake like a DUKH to water. Funny that. After a bit of a spin on Tikitapu, where you get to see the vessel at top speed on the water (it doesn't seem much faster than its low speed) it's then back on to land for a trip to Lake Okareka.

There you ogle houses of the idle rich - and the idle fabulously rich - before doing a safety check and then motoring back to the drop-off at Rotorua's I-Site.

As said before the Duck is a fun thing to do and the kids love their quackers, which also provide you with discounts at various places around the city.

Rotorua Duck ToursGrant the Conduktor was very personable and funny guy who had the tourists enjoying themselves immensely. Oh and listen up as there is a quiz at the end.

The Duck is well worth doing.

Tours depart from the Rotorua I-site Fenton St.

Departures Times: Summer - 11am; 1pm; 3.30pm. Winter - 11am, 2.15pm.

Tours depart 7 days per week (except Christmas Day), regardless of rain.

Book a Trip on the Duck



Copyright Richard Moore 2009 | Contact Us | Currency Converter | About Us | Privacy Policy |