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  • Location:Tauranga, New Zealand
  • Duration:7 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

Tauranga Shore Excursion: Rotorua Highlights

See the highlights of Rotorua on a full-day shore excursion from Tauranga. You’ll travel to one of New Zealand’s famed regions in the North Island, observing otherworldly landscapes and Pohutu Geyser at Whakarewarewa’s thermal springs. Taste kiwifruit products including wine; visit Okere Falls at the Bay of Plenty; receive a traditional welcome at an authentic Maori village where you’ll watch a 'haka' (war dance); and view the Government Gardens, a historic bath house and more in Rotorua. 


  • Rotorua shore excursion from Tauranga
  • Enjoy tastings of kiwifruit and visit the Okere Waterfalls
  • See hot thermal springs, bubbling mud and the famous Pohutu Geyser
  • Learn Maori traditions and watch the famous Haka dance at an authentic living Maori village
  • Covered by Viator’s worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship

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What You Can Expect

Tauranga Shore Excursion: Rotorua Highlights

Rotorua Historic Bath House, Rotorua Museum

Start your shore excursion with pickup from the cruise port in Tauranga, departing Mt Maunganui for a day trip through the North Island’s lake country, sprinkled with more than a dozen pristine lakes. En route to Rotorua, hear insightful live commentary on board the vehicle as you travel past the lovely waterfront and Bay of Plenty.

A short drive brings you to your first stop in the town of Te Puke, considered New Zealand's kiwifruit capital. Visit Kiwi 360, a horticultural theme park where you’ll taste kiwifruit products including juices, wines and liqueurs.

Next, drive past rolling farmland and pine tree forests then disembark for a brief stroll to Okere Falls, a small town popular for its waterfalls and lakefront views. Stop for lunch beside Lake Rotorua (own expense) before visiting the thermal wonderland of Whakarewarewa in the afternoon. Follow a Maori guide through a lunar-like landscape of hot springs and mud pools, and see the eruption of Pohutu Geyser. You’ll hear how the indigenous people used the jets of steam from the bubbling cauldrons for everyday functions.

Discover more Maori customs at a Maori village, starting with a traditional welcome. Enjoy a performance of song and dance, including the warlike haka. After, go sightseeing in Rotorua city. View the Government Gardens, historical bath house and natural hot springs at Whangapipiro (Rachel's Pool) as well as Lake Tarawera if time allows. 

Complete your Rotorua shore excursion with the return to Mt Maunganui, following a scenic route via the Tauranga city center before crossing the harbor bridge to the port.

Worry-free Shore Excursion:
We will ensure your timely return to the Tauranga port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.

Customer Reviews

Maria P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Everything went as arranged I was very impressed as this is my first experience doing tours from an outside source not the cruise ship. The tour was good and very informative.

bknute72 United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

We enjoyed this tour since we were able to see much of the countryside. Learning about the Maori and their culture was a highpoint.

Linda M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

The guide was very knowledgeable had a terrific day with her. Realized have way through the tour that it was her company as she usually doesn't go out on tours any more so we were lucky. Would definitely tell people to go on this tour, good explanations, wonderful things to see, lovely spot for lunch and good value. Linda from Vancouver

Margaret V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

This tour was fantastic. Graeme our driver was great, highly recommend it. Great tour for the price compared to the tours from the ship. Had great weather enjoyed the experience at the Whakarewarewa Village and all the places we visited on this tour.

Stephen J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

A very good tour covering lots of aspects of Rotorua. Our ship arrived 3 hours later than expected into port but a bus was ready for us, as we had been assured it would be when we advised Viator of the change to our ship's itinerary. The Maori village was very interesting and our guide there was very informative. The commentary on the bus trip was also very interesting and we had a great day.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

A good day out, well organised.

Frank B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

We had a great day. Coach driver was very knowledgeable. Lunch location was good, catered for my coeliac food. The driver rang ahead to make sure there was suitable food available.We were back at the ship in plenty of time.

Kevin L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

great tour guide both on the bus and at the thermal site. Worth the money.

Jill M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

I was extremely pleased with the complete tour. It was everything discribed in the description. Guide was very knowledgeable and pleasant. Would definitely suggest your tour company again.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Great tour, interesting place to visit and a very knowledgeable tour driver.

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