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

Tauranga Shore Excursion: Rotorua Highlights

Take in the highlights of New Zealand's most beautiful city, Rotorua, when your cruise ship docks in Tauranga. Receive a traditional welcome at Whakarewarewa, New Zealand’s only authentic living Maori village, and explore the Rotorua region, where otherworldly geysers, lunar landscapes, scenic countryside and Maori culture come together.


  • 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

Leaving the port at Mount Maunganui, your shore excursion begins with a trip beside the port's pristine ocean beach and waterfront.

Your first stop is Te Puke, New Zealand's kiwifruit capital. Visit the Kiwi 360 research center to taste the kiwifruit products, including wines and liqueurs.

Travel through the Bay of Plenty's beautiful farmland, past forests of pine trees, and stop to take a short walk to Okere Waterfalls, home to rainbow trout, eels and freshwater crayfish.

Continue into the North Island’s lake country, where more than a dozen beautiful lakes dot the countryside. Your tour includes a stop for lunch beside lovely Lake Rotorua (own expense).

In the early afternoon, visit the unique thermal wonderland of Whakarewarewa, an amazing landscape of erupting hot springs, bubbling mud and the famous Pohutu Geyser, which erupts up to 20 times a day. Take a walk with a Maori guide to hear how people came to live in harmony with this volatile environment, learning to use the boiling cauldrons and jets of steam for everyday purposes such as cooking and communal bathing.

After learning about Maori traditions and culture, see this way of life in action when you visit New Zealand's only authentic living Maori village. Experience a traditional Maori welcome with songs and dances, including the famously warlike Haka dance.

Complete your Rotorua shore excursion with a tour of Rotorua’s highlights, including the Government Gardens, historic bath house and natural hot springs at Whangapipiro (Rachel's Pool). If time allows, visit one of New Zealand's earliest tourist sights at beautiful Lake Tarawera.

The return trip to your cruise ship at Mount Maunganui follows a different route, taking you through the region’s rolling farmland and 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 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

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

Great day out, was enjoyable. Excellent bus driver and service from the company used.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

This tour was fantastic. There were only four of us in the group, and the guide was brilliant. He took his time to show us the sights. Felt very safe with his driving. The tour to the Mauri village was interesting and included a cultural show as well as a guided tour within the village.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2014

This was a great tour-one of our favourites. The weather was very wet sadly but the driver Graeme made it all worthwhile. Not only was he very informative and local traditions, landscape and just life in general, ne was happy to take questions, but it was obvious he enjoyed his job. The venue was lunch was quaint and if it had been sunny it would have been very pretty spot. The kiwi farm was really interesting too and the shop there had lots of products to choose from. The visit to the maori village and springs and show was fantastic - really enjoyable hearing about their way of life and listening to their singing.

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