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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


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Fantastic excursion.All the sights and scenery were impressive,but also driver Kevin,who is a living history book about the area.The Viator guarantee makes this top value and an easy way to save a lot of money compared to ship price for similar.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

The scenery from Tauranga to Rotorua alone was worth the tour. The Maori village was a dramatic experience. Maori group was colorful and unexpectedly talented.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Graeme was exceptional and added personal local information to the tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

Good trip really interesting and great driver/guide. Loved the fact that there was a guarantee to get me back to the ship on time.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Rainy weather caused the tour guide to change a little bit of our itinerary however, he was very accommodating and very well organized about making sure we saw as much as possible. We went to the working Maori village and had an excellent tour, as well as we managed to be there at the right time to see the geyser in the thermal village go off. I was thankful of all their organization to make sure we saw what we could and enjoyed ourselves. The place selected for us to get lunch was very good quality and in a nice location as well.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2015

A wonderful tour to Rotorua - despite being an hour late off the ship due to docking issues. The bus picked us up right near the ship with very friendly and helpful staff guiding us to our bus. Our driver was funny and informative - and a very safe driver. Highly recommend this trip.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

We had a wonderful tour with Shona, can't recommend it highly enough. Just the two of us on the tour so she used the total time to show us some extra spots. We had a wonderful day, thank you Shona. our booking experience was without fault. All went to plan, thank you a great experience.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

We enormously enjoyed our Sea Princess tour around New Zealand late Oct. thru early Nov. 2014.

Being our first cruise, it took a few days to orient ourselves around the ship but soon got used to it aided by the supplied map of the ship. Particularly convenient was the "Ship-card" - which was all we needed to unlock our stateroom and to pay for everything necessary, including drinks, gifts and land excursions.

ALL staff were extremely helpful, friendly and courteous and the on-board entertainment, lectures and amenities were first class.

Particularly "dangerous" was the food, of which we cannot speak too highly - tempting ALL tastes.

My wife and I took a zillion pictures and videos (we are enthusiastic photographers) and have been busy, since our return, processing and arranging them - particularly the videos and panoramas for the enjoyment of out family and friends.

We are already planning another cruise for early next year.

Thank you,

John and Rosa Fowler
Bilambil Heights NSW 2486

PS - we'd be more than happy to submit photos/videos for your use.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

We thoroughly enjoyed every moment of this day and it's an experience that will stay with us forever,our tour guide went out of his way to make the day a memorable one

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

Very happy with the itinerary and the driver/guide was very good and knowlageble

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