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Full-Day Small-Group Rotorua Shore Excursion From Tauranga

Tauranga, New Zealand
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When your cruise ship docks in Tauranga, experience the wonders of New Zealand's North Island in a small group on this full-day tour to Rotorua. Take in sights such as Mount Maunganui, Sulphur Bay on Lake Rotorua, hot springs around Rotorua, and places of importance to the Maori people. Taste fresh kiwi fruit at an orchard, stroll through the Redwood Forest, and admire the manicured grounds of Government Gardens. Your small-group tour includes guide, entrance fees, air-conditioned transportation, and port pickup and drop-off.
  • Full-day small-group Rotorua shore excursion, from Tauranga
  • Sample fresh kiwi fruit at a kiwi orchard
  • Take in Lake Rotorua, Mount Maunganui, Redwood Forest, Government Gardens, and more
  • See boiling mud pools, hot springs, volcanic lakes, and waterfalls
  • Hear about the silver fern of New Zealand and its importance to Maori people
  • Includes guide, transportation, entrance fees, and port pickup and drop-off

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Tour with Garry
, Jan 2020
We had a wonderful day tour with our very knowledgeable guide Garry. He took us to several places off the beaten track, including a natural foot spa in Rotorua. We can highly recommend this tour company and the employees. Thank you, Vera & Harald
icon Response from Host , Jan 2020
Thanks Vera and Harald, pleased you enjoyed your day on tour with Garry.
Tauranga small group excursion
, Dec 2019
A thoroughly enjoyable day. Our guide Richard drove our small group to numerous destinations ..... the geothermal area, walked in the red wood forest, visitted a Kiwi farm & had an opportunity to soak our feet in a thermal foot bath. Richard spoke throughout our tour telling us about New Zealand education, housing, cultural topics & so much more. A great day with a very knowledgeable New Zealander.
icon Response from Host , Dec 2019
Thank you for your kind review, so pleased you enjoyed your day with us at Cruise Tours Tauranga here in New Zealand. Rotorua is an interesting place to visit and quite unique. Regards Ian
A Little Bit of Everything
Leone M
, Dec 2019
Went on a small group tour from Tauranga to Rotorua off our cruise ship. It was a fabulous day and our driver/guide Keith was brilliant. We got to see so much and Keith gave us plenty of information. Tasted kiwi fruit ice cream which was lovely. The stops were fairly quick at each place but enough time to do everything. Only 20 people onboard so no waiting around for stragglers. Great value for money and would highly recommend this trip to everyone.
Value for money
, Dec 2019
We decided to forgo the expensive 'cruise ship' organised shore excursion and try a privately arranged tour which seemed to replicate everything the cruise ship shore excursion offered. Main difference was smaller coach, smaller tour group and importantly, smaller cost !! Gary S our driver was excellent with his knowledge and easygoing commentary. Smaller coach meant it was easier and quicker to load and unload guests and probably the reason why we were able to make so many stops. In the end, probably not much different to a cruise line organised tour but happily at a significantly reduced price. I'd definitely do it again.
Great shore excursion
, Nov 2019
Great guide, friendly, knowledgeable. Kept good time for arrival back to ship, which is always important
Excellent tour and guide!
, Nov 2019
We found it very informative and saw awesome scenery. It exceeded our expectations and was better quality than the tours offered by the ship. Definitely recommend them!
thanhthuy rowlett tx usa
, Jun 2019
the trip was very nice ,the van had 15 seat, full ,but the back seat not enough room for 4 people very small,even i 'm small women
icon Response from Host , Sep 2019
Hi there, thank you for your review, yes we agree that when there are 4 seats across the minibuses or coaches that the space is a little tight, ok for a family if two are smaller children. To address this matter we are changing the rear row of seats in the 15/17 seat minibuses so that we have just 3 places [not 4] and this will make the experience much better. Apologies again that your trip was not 100%. Regards Cruise Tours Tauranga
Bak to the boil
, May 2019
A driver helpful and knowledggood trip and in the time available covered a lot of ground to see the main elements of Rotorua. The driver was very helpful and patient beyond the call of duty with certain individuals that tended to wander and get lost!
Great way to see Tauranga
, Apr 2019
Great excursion. The red woods were fantastic! Good way to see the sulfur pools & the bubbling mud. Kwei farm was interesting. Gary S. was our driver/guide. He was very knowledgeable. Would do this tour again.
Matt & Karen B
, Mar 2019
We had a great day; our guide/driver Gary Stickler commentary was excellent. He gave us an in-depth insight of the places we visited and drove through (with a bit of humour included) A value for money tour and experience.

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