Tauranga, New Zealand
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7 hours 30 minutes (Approx.)
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Overview

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. 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
  • 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
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 Kiwifruit Country, and learn more about this special fruit.
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.

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W
, Dec 2018

Our guide Nick was excellent. I would have given it five stars, but lunch was a fiasco (and a couple of guests wanted to see the honey store) and we had to miss seeing the waterfalls. I enjoyed hearing about the Maori culture from tribal members and visiting their village and thermal features. The kiwi plantation was also a highlight.

s
, Dec 2018

Better than our ships options. Main geyser never went up several smaller ones did. Interesting historical area. Lots of tour busses! Covered lots of ground. Lunch was a quick mall food court.

J
, Apr 2018

what we enjoyed about our tour was that it was only a small group.I was hoping we would see some mud pools.

D
, Mar 2018

Our tour guide Sue was very accomodating and informative. Our tour of the Maori village was so interesting and the performance they put on was very entertaining. We would highly recommend this tour.

C
, Mar 2018

Although long, this tour gives a good overall view of the region. Lovely scenery, interesting maori site and show. Unfortunately, due to à restaurant closure, we were left in a shopping mall for lunch. Zero for ambiance. Very informative guide.

B
, Mar 2018

Very good guide with detailed knowledge of the area. Extremely helpful to my disabled wife.

M
, Mar 2018

Excellent tour and driver. Really enjoyed kiwi fruit farm.

Guide at Rotorua informative and the show enjoyable.

j
, Mar 2018

We really enjoyed this tour with Sue the bus driver. She was very knowledgeable and shared points of interest with us as we made our way to Rotorua. What an amazing place this is. Don't forget to go to the boiling mud location that our Moari guide did not take us to, although her tour itself was very well done.

s
, Feb 2018

This excursion was the longest we undertook, leaving the berthed cruise ship early in the morning and being returned late afternoon. The small vehicle trip 11 tourists with the driver/guide made for an intimate excursion and we saw a considerable amount of the land between Tauranga and Rotorua, some 80 kilometres from Tauranga. In Rotorua we visited the Living Maori village of Whakarewarewa and experienced a cultural performance by the village inhabitants and were guided around the various sights in the village by an experienced Maori guide. A highlight of the tour was the corn on the cob cooked in the murderous ripples of Parekohuru - the largest hot springs in the village - whether it was the form of cooking or the corn itself that was so sweet, remains a mystery to be answered by the next visitors. On the return trip to Tauranga a short call to a Kiwi Fruit Farm was made and it was interesting to see how the vines are grown close up. The Kiwi Fruit icecream made here was enjoyed by all and sundry. Altogether another very worthwhile excursion.

Craig Smedley Melbourne, Australia.

M
, Feb 2018

Very informative guide/driver


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