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

Tauranga Shore Excursion: Te Puia Maori Cultural Centre and Rotorua City Sightseeing

When your cruise ship docks in Tauranga, gain insights into New Zealand's rich Maori culture and amazing geothermal hot springs on a shore excursion to Rotorua. Travel through the North Island’s spectacular countryside of rolling farmland and forest, and discover Rotorua's natural thermal phenomena of Geyers and boiling mud. Your shore excursion also takes you to Te Puia Maori Cultural Centre to watch a fascinating cultural display, and introduces you to the taste of kiwifruit at Kiwi 360. With a maximum of 19 participants, this tour provides a fun-filled small-group experience.


  • Te Puia Maori Cultural Centre and Rotorua shore excursion from Tauranga
  • Take a guided tour of the Whakarewarewa thermal region
  • Experience a Maori cultural traditional performance at Te Puia Maori Cultural Centre
  • Visit the kiwi house and spot NZ’s native kiwi bird
  • Enjoy fabulous views of downtown Rotorua
  • Small-group limited to 19 ensures a more personalized experience
  • 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: Te Puia Maori Cultural Centre and Rotorua City Sightseeing

Hamurana Springs, North Island

After docking at Tauranga, be picked up by mini coach and enjoy the scenic drive to Rotorua. The route takes you over the harbor bridge and into downtown Tauranga, past bucolic farmland and through the artificial rock cuttings known as the Pyes Pa Canyons.

Stop to take a walk past towering Californian redwoods at Hamurana Spring, the deepest freshwater spring in the North Island, and follow its course to Rotorua Lake, home to rainbow trout.

Continuing your journey, stop to see some of New Zealand's famous sheep along with other farm animals plus alpacas and ostriches at the Agrodome and Agroventures playground.

At Te Puia Maori Arts and Craft Centre, take a guided tour of the Whakarewarewa thermal village, highlighting the amazing bubbling mud and steam vents of the Pohutu Geyser. The world-famous 100-foot (30-meter) Geyser erupts up to 20 times a day.

Visit the kiwi house to spot the elusive native kiwi bird and experience the storytelling magic of a traditional Maori cultural performance. The Maori performance art brings the legends to life through song, dance and warlike stick games.

Your shore excursion continues to Rotorua for a tour of the city’s Government Gardens, historic bath house, Art Deco blue baths and the natural hot spring known as Whangapipiro (Rachel's Pool).

Your return trip to Tauranga follows a different route, taking you past native forests. Stop on the way at the lovely Kaituna Waterfalls and taste kiwifruits at Kiwi 360, where you can also see many products produced from the fruit.

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

A very enjoyable full day of activities. Easy day for the driver/guide as all attractions are solid on their own.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Knowledgeable tour guide and good value for the money. We enjoyed it very much and will use Viator in the future. This was our first tour and it was recommended by people on our cruise.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Outstanding! Van driver was amazing. Because other passengers did not show up, my friend and I had Pete totally to ourselves and saw sites at leisure.

Thorough explanation of some of the Maori culture and traditions. Unfortunately, my camera went kaput and did not take enough photos, my bad. Worth the paid and then some. Thank you, Viator!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

The day was very enjoyable! The guide did a great job!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2014

The tour was terrific, the guide was knowledgable and everything went very well. I would certainly recommend this tour.

William L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

Our guide Wendy covered everything we wanted to see and more. Having tickets and tour times organised before we arrived at Rotorua ensured we wasted no time, but we weren't rushed. Because we had time to spare Wendy gave us a tour of Tauranga, having a small group meant no time waiting for a crowd to get on and off a bus, Lunch at a favourite lunch place for Wendy was lovely. Pick up and drop off at our cruise ship was timely and convenient.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

tour guide was great , tour was great went to Te Puia Maori Cultural Centre and rotorua sight seeing seen a lot of the country,geissers and natural springs would recommend

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

It was great, the guide was very informative and we really enjoyed a wonderful experience.
On a different note a would like to say how professional Viator was in refunding our money for a cancelled jet boat trip from Christchurch. We arrived home to find our refund already deposited in our account. I would definitely use Viator again and would recommend them to our friends.

4 star rating: Recommended April 2015

Stops on the way to Rotorua, specifcally the Kiwi 360 Centre and Okere Falls, were OK and the info provided by our guide, Robin, from Zealandier, was very interesting.
However, the big attraction for us was the visit to Te Puia in Rotorua. Our guide was helpful and accompanied us throughout the complex. We really enjoyed Te Puia, including the Maori cultural show, the Maori village and other displays. But the highlight was the geothermal activity and the geysers. That was amazing! The brief visit to other places of interest in Rotorua after lunch was fine too. The drive back from Rotorua to Tauranga was long but the guide tried to make it as interesting as possible and also showed us a bit of Tauranga, Overall we were quite pleased with this tour.

4 star rating: Recommended March 2015

Our guide/bus driver did not give us enough information as the other guides. He was short in explanations and quick to move on. The area was very interesting. It would have been good to interact with some the Maoris. Perhaps some explaining in the wood and weave shop could have been done.

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