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Tauranga Shore Excursion: Hobbiton Movie Set and Rotorua Geothermals Combo

Explore traditional Maori culture and discover movie history in the New Zealand hills on this full-day Hobbiton and Te Puia combo shore excursion from Tauranga. Travel through the breathtaking Kaimai Mountains in Waikato. Explore the Hobbiton movie set with your guide and discover famous sites such as the party tree and the hobbits’ dwellings. Head through the forests of the Mamaku Ranges to Rotorua, and admire top attractions like the Bath House and Government Gardens. In Te Puia, see the famous Pohutu geyser and learn of Maori traditions and culture.
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  • 7 hours 30 minutes
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  • 7 hours 30 minutes

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From Tauranga … Rotorua Geysers and Hobbiton Movie Set Cruise Tour

PRIVATE TOUR: Tour of two world-famous attractions. Only available in New Zealand. WHAKA LIVING MAORI VILLAGE ... where the villagers have their homes set amongst erupting geysers, boiling mud, the steam vents, and hot pools. They use natural geothermal resources to cook, bathe and heat their homes. Walk amongst the wonders of Whakarewarewa Valley's steaming landscape. Your Maori guide explains the history of the village.HOBBITON ... A Visit to Middle Earth - Escape into the enchanting world of JRR Tolkien’s famous stories. A world of enduring fantasy where the amazing films were brought to life. Set across the 12 acres Hobbit Village. See Bilbo’s house, The Water Mill, Green Dragon Inn, the Arched Bridge, 44 Hobbit houses, gardens, wandering pathways, The Party Tree, lakes. If you haven’t read the books or seen the movies you will still love it.PRIVATE TOUR: MAX 8 PEOPLE.ENTRY FEES (ADULT $129 / YOUTH 5 -15 YRS $64)
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 8 hours
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Hobbiton Movie Set Shore Excursion from Tauranga Port

Take a trip through Middle Earth on a small-group shore excursion to the Hobbiton Movie Set from Tauranga. You’ll duck into hobbit holes, learn the secrets behind the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies, then belly up to the bar at the Green Dragon Inn. With round-trip, climate-controlled transport from the Port of Tauranga, this is a convenient way to experience one of New Zealand’s top sites, and group size is limited to 15 people for personal service from the guide.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation

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Tauranga Shore Excursion: Deluxe Rotorua Geyser Tour, Kiwifruit Orchard & Lunch

Step off your ship at the Port of Tauranga and enjoy a day around Rotorua and Mount Maunganui. Visit some of the hot pools and bubbling geysers of Rotorua and learn about how Maori traditions are woven with the landscape. Drive through the wide streets of Rotorua and see some of its beautiful locations with your guide, and visit a green kiwifruit orchard before returning to port.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation

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Tauranga Port - Rotorua: Unique Authentic Maori Village & Geothermal, Inc: Lunch

Once your cruise ship docks in Tauranga, get the most out of your time in port with this combo trip to the Geothermal Valley and a local kiwi fruit orchard. With a guide teaching you about the geology and history, explore the geysers, hot pools, and steam vents in the valley, then head to the kiwi orchards to learn about New Zealand's most famous export. Tastings of jams, juices, and different kiwi varieties included.
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  • 6 hours 30 minutes
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  • 6 hours 30 minutes
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Shore Excursion: Tauranga Morning Highlights - with FREE lunch

Discover golden sand beaches, kiwi fruit orchards, historic buildings and traditional New Zealand culture on this Tauranga shore excursion including Mt. Maunganui. Travel along Pilot Bay with your guide and gaze across Tauranga Harbour to Matakana Island. Discover evidence of ancient Maori settlements near Mt. Maunganui. Soak up the sunshine at Mt. Ocean Beach, admire the affluent Marine Parade and visit a kiwi orchard. Then, head into the hills for panoramic city and harbor views.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes

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Tauranga Shore Excursion: Skyline Gondola Rotorua plus Geothermals

When your ship docks in Tauranga's port, get to know New Zealand's geothermal heartland on this full-day, small-group tour to Rotorua. Booking your tour in advance means no scrambling and competing with the crowds once you step ashore. This family-friendly tour includes stops at mud pools and hot springs, the local kiwi orchards, and a gondola ride at the adventure park at Skyline Rotorua for panoramic views across the city. Round-trip transport in an air-conditioned vehicle is included for an added convenience.
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  • 7 hours
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  • 7 hours

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Shore Excursion: Rotorua Cultural and Geothermal Experience from Tauranga

When your ship pulls into port in Tauranga, explore Rotorua on a guided shore excursion. Your full-day itinerary includes a welcome concert at the New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute at Te Puia, where you’ll explore the extensive geothermal grounds, see a flax-weaving demonstration, and visit the nocturnal Kiwi House. Then tour Rotorua highlights such as the Government Gardens and stop at Okere Falls and Kiwi 360 for tastings.
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  • 7 hours
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation

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Deluxe Rotorua Shore Excursion: Geothermal Valley, Geysers, Redwood Forest Including Lunch

When your cruise ship docks in Tauranga, take a small-group 6-hour shore excursion that showcases Maori culture and New Zealand's natural beauty. Highlights include the Living Maori Village, the geothermal geysers, kiwi orchards, and traditional cultural performance. Indulge in a deluxe 2-course lunch and a sightseeing tour of Rotorua before a walk among the redwoods of the Whakarewarewa Forest and a visit to the Tudor-style design museum. Your small-group tour includes admission fees, lunch, and round-trip transportation from the cruise port.
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  • 6 hours 30 minutes
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  • 6 hours 30 minutes
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Shore Excursion to the Maori Culture Centre: Kiwi birds, and Geo-Thermal Valley

Explore New Zealand’s magical North Island on this 7-hour Tauranga shore excursion. See the golden sands of Mt Maunganui’s Marine Parade and stroll along Papamoa Beach as local fishermen haul in their catches. Learn about traditional Maori arts and crafts, culture and history in Te Puia, and watch a performance of the Maori war dance. Explore Rotorua’s geothermal valley, famous for its steaming geysers and bubbling mud pools, and admire New Zealand’s national bird in the Kiwi House.
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  • 7 hours
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  • 7 hours
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Shore Excursion Rotorua & Maori Culture, Geysers, Mudpools & Concert at Te Puia

Explore New Zealand’s Maori culture, and marvel at geysers and mud pools beneath Mt Maunganui on this full-day Rotorua tour. Travel from Tauranga Port by coach with your guide and discover some of the North Island’s top attractions. Admire pristine beaches and million-dollar homes in Mt Maunganui. Visit the Kiwi 360 Visitor Centre to sample homegrown wine and fruit. Discover dense forests, shimmering lakes and rolling farmland, and immerse yourself in Maori culture in Rotorua. See bubbling mud pools and shooting geysers, and gain insight into traditional Maori crafts.
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  • 6 hours
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  • 6 hours
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Tauranga Shore Excursion: Rotorua Geothermals at Whakarewarewa Maori Village

Explore the geothermal landscapes of Rotorua on this 6-hour shore excursion. Visit the city’s top attractions such as Government Gardens, Rachel’s Pool, and the Ohinemutu Maori Village. Then head to the Whakarewarewa geothermal valley and discover the bubbling mud pools and the largest geyser in the southern hemisphere before heading back to your cruise ship.
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  • 6 hours
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  • 6 hours

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Tauranga Shore Excursion: Rotorua Te Puia Geothermals plus Hells Gate

Visit two very unique geothermal destinations in Rotorua - New Zealand's cultural and geothermal hub. At Te Puia you will see geysers, hot pools, a Maori cultural performance, kiwi birds and much, much more! Then, after a tour of the very interesting city centre, we will visit Hells Gate - aptly named due to the proliferation of sulphourus fumeroles and bubbling mud. You can even upgrade your tour and try bathing in the healing mudpools! Travelling with the most experienced operator in Tauranga - your passionate local guide will ensure a memorable day!
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  • 7 hours 30 minutes
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  • 7 hours 30 minutes

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Tauranga Shore Excursion: 'A Day in the Bay' Tauranga Highlights with FREE lunch

This new Day in the Bay tour will show you all the sights and tastes of Tauranga and the surrounding countryside. From stunning beaches, hilltop look outs, historic buildings and battle sites, plus sample fresh local fish and chips, kiwifruit, honey and other products. You will see why Captain James Cook aptly named this place The Bay Of Plenty.About us:Our team has been delivering world-class Shore Excursions for over 16 years - we have over 100 years combined tour guiding experience so you know you are in capable hands.Travel in a modern, air conditioned vehicle with a passionate local as your host. We specialise in small groups to allow an intimate and personalised experience. Every tour is commentated from start to finish - we delight in showing off our little corner of the world. And, we guarantee to have you back to the ship on time!
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  • 7 hours 15 minutes
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  • 7 hours 15 minutes
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Hobbiton & Tauranga Highlights Shore Excursion from Tauranga

On this full-day shore excursion, take a journey deep into Middle Earth without the stress and strict scheduling of a large group tour. Drive from Tauranga into the heart of the Waikato with a small group and guide and visit Hobbiton, the iconic filming location from Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies. But this is more than just a there-and-back-again Lord of the Rings tour: also spend some time in the secluded New Zealand bush at McLaren Falls Park and see the striking titular waterfall.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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Tauranga Shore Excursion: Bay of Plenty Half Day Afternoon Highlights

Take the opportunity to explore the countryside of the Bay of Plenty region on this relaxed 3.5 hour tour. Escape the city and see local horticulture at work at one of the thousands of local kiwifruit orchards. Learn about the pre-European history of the remarkable province, and find out why James Cook named it the Bay of Plenty. Tie this all in with other scenic locations and we will have you back to the ship in plenty of time for your ships departure.About us:Our team has been delivering world-class Shore Excursions for over 16 years - we have over 100 years combined tour guiding experience so you know you are in capable hands.Travel in a modern, air conditioned vehicle with a passionate local as your host. We specialise in small groups to allow an intimate and personalised experience. Every tour is commentated from start to finish - we delight in showing off our little corner of the world. And, we guarantee to have you back to the ship on time!
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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V8 Trike Tours NZ

V8 Trike Tours NZ offer a unique, fun and thrilling experience exploring the Bay of Plenty on a V8 Chevrolet Trike.Built in New Zealand, powered by a 5.7L 350 (330 bhp) Chevrolet Edelbrock motor, our trikes are the ultimate in power and excitement. With the low centre of gravity the trikes are stable, have less roll and amazing grip around corners.NO HELMETS REQUIRED –Our trikes are operated under a TSL with NZTA and registered as cars (not motorbikes) so helmets are not required. They are fitted with bucket seats complete with compulsory 3-point seat belts. Our drivers are NZTA passenger endorsed and are knowledgeable offering a fully guided tour.From the age of 2 to 102 we cater for all - disabled and special needs can also take these rides as they are stimulating and fun.Acreditted with an Excellence Award, V8 Trike Tours NZ are Qualmark, ISS, Tourism NZ & Tourism Bay of Plenty endorsed.
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  • 30 to 180 minutes
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  • 30 to 180 minutes
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Private Tour : Hobbiton & Rotorua with Cultural Experience from Tauranga

This tour is your day. We facilitate things to make sure that you arrive on time for your activities. Providing luxury transport in our 6 seater van or for larger groups our custom build 19 Seater Coach. Your comfort and your wishes for the day as we do everything we can to provide you with the best possible service and experience in the Bay of Plenty.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 10 hours
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Tauranga Shore Excursion: Rotorua Wai-O-Tapu Wonderland plus Maori Village

This Tauranga shore excursion allows cruise passengers to explore Whakarewarewa and Wai-O-Tapu—one of New Zealand’s most colorful and diverse geothermal attractions. With a guide in the lead, there’s no need to worry about navigation, just take your time visiting geothermal landscapes and famous geysers. After a morning in Wai-O-Tapu, visit the Living Maori Village, and take a drive through Rotorua—also known as “Sulphur City” for its sulfur-rich air.
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  • 7 hours 30 minutes
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  • 7 hours 30 minutes

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Tauranga Shore Excursion: Rotorua Te Puia Geothermals, Maori and Kiwifruit

Discover geothermal activity among top North Island attractions in New Zealand on this full-day shore excursion to Te Puia from Mt Maunganui Port. Visit a kiwifruit orchard with your guide in Te Puke. Head through the geothermal valley of Whakarewarewa to the mud pools in Te Puia and see the famous Pohutu Geyser erupt. Discover ancient Maori arts and crafts, and watch a performance of the ‘haka’ — the traditional Maori war dance. Take in top Rotorua attractions including the Government Gardens, the Bath House and Rachel's Pool.
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  • 7 hours
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  • 7 hours

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Deluxe Full day small group Cruise Tour Rotorua and Tauranga Highlights Tour

Easily explore the area outside the Port of Tauranga during this guided tour that includes port pickup and drop-off. First visit a New Zealand kiwi orchard, and get the chance to taste the native fruit yourself. Catch sight of natural wonders such as Okere Falls, Blue Lake, and Whakarewarewa Forest before going to taste New Zealand honey at a local farm (time permitting).
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  • 6 hours 30 minutes
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  • 6 hours 30 minutes
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Tauranga Shore Excursion: Rotorua Polynesian Spa plus Geothermals

Cut out the hassle of renting a car and finding your way out to Rotorua on this day trip to some of Rotorua’s natural highlights. Visit the Polynesian Spa, a hub of geothermal activity and home to a complex of hot mineral pools that draws its water from two natural local springs. Plus, view kiwifruit orchards in the heartland of New Zealand's kiwifruit industry. Travel with your small group by air-conditioned vehicle with your passionate local host.
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  • 7 hours
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  • 7 hours

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Shore Excursion: Hobbiton and Lord of the Rings Movie Set Tour

Discover famous sites from Middle-earth on this 6-hour ‘Lord of the Rings’ movie set shore excursion from Mt Maunganui. Travel with your guide toward the town of Matamata. Discover the sheep farm selected by Peter Jackson as the site for Hobbiton, home to Bilbo Baggins and friends in ‘The Lord of the Rings’ trilogy and ‘The Hobbit’ movie series. See top sites from the box office hits and visit the Green Dragon pub. Stop at a local honey center and winery, and enjoy panoramic views from Minden Lookout.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation

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Private Shore Excursion Rotorua/ Tauranga Maori culture, Geyser & concert

Discover many of New Zealand’s top attractions in one day on this 6-hour private shore excursion to Rotorua from Tauranga Port. Sample kiwifruit and local wines at the Kiwi 360 Center, and admire the sandy beaches of Mt Maunganui with your guide. Travel past dense forests, shimmering lakes and rolling farmland to Okere Falls. Immerse yourself in Maori culture in Rotorua, and marvel at mighty geothermal activity at Whakarewarewa or Te Puia. See famous sites such as the Government Gardens, Blue Baths and Rotorua Museum before returning to your ship.
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  • 6 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 6 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation

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