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Tauranga Shore Excursion: Lord of the Rings Hobbiton Movie Set Tour Including Rotorua Sightseeing

Take a shore excursion to the Hobbiton Movie Set and sightsee Rotorua with a guide when your cruise ship pulls into port at Tauranga. Journey to Middle-earth and The Shire of ‘The Lord of the Rings’ fame, featured in the popular LOTR trilogy and ‘The Hobbit.’ Then learn traditional customs at the Maori village of Whakarewarewa before strolling past the spouting geysers and steaming hot springs of thermal Rotorua. Numbers are limited to 19 participants in this small-group tour to the land of hobbits and hot pools.
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  • 7 hours 30 minutes
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  • 7 hours 30 minutes
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Tauranga Shore Excursion: Rotorua Geothermal Geyser Tour and Polynesian Spa Combo Including Lunch

This Tauranga Shore Excursion stands out from others by offering a two-course lunch and a visit to a Polynesian spa. The basics of local shore excursions are included too: travel with a small group to the Rotorua geothermal geyser, mud pools, and steam vents, and then see a Maori dance performance. At the spa, soak in hot mineral springs with views of Lake Rotorua.
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  • 7 hours
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation

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

Swap the Tauranga cruise port for the Shire, featured in "The Lord of the Rings" and "The Hobbit" trilogies, on a Hobbiton Movie Set shore excursion. Your tour includes movie structures such as hobbit holes, the party tree and the Mill. Sip a drink at the Green Dragon Inn, and then suit up in a favorite LOTR costume with a stop at McLaren Falls Park.
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  • 360 to 390 minutes
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  • 360 to 390 minutes
  • 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
  • Free Cancellation

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Tauranga Shore Excursion: Rotorua Highlights

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.
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  • 7 hours 30 minutes
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  • 7 hours 30 minutes
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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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Rotorua and Geothermal Living Maori Village Tour

Learn how New Zealand’s Maori people have adapted to life among the geothermal activity of Rotorua on this small-group shore excursion from Tauranga. At the Living Maori Village, see how residents integrate natural elements like bubbling geysers, mud pools and steam vents into daily tasks, and watch a live cultural performance. You’ll also drive past gorgeous beaches, walk through an ancient redwood forest, and taste local kiwi fruit fresh from the farm on this immersive Bay of Plenty highlights tour.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation

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

Explore the sets from ‘The Lord of the Rings’ and ‘The Hobbit’ movie series on this 5.5-hour Hobbiton shore excursion. Cross Tauranga Harbour and head through the Kaimai mountain range on route to Hobbiton, the movie set location for the ‘Lord of the Rings’ movies and ‘The Hobbit’ trilogy. Meet your guide at the Shires Rest to start your 2-hour tour. Discover top sites including the famous party tree in Bag End. Finish your tour with an ale in the Green Dragon pub and imagine yourself among your favorite characters.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
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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 & Tauranga Highlights Tour Gondola & Luge ride

Discover the highlights of Rotorua when your ship pulls into the Port of Tauranga. You'll pass through Mt. Maunganui and learn how kiwifruit is grown. Then check out Rotorua City before a stop at the Rotorua Skyline Gondola. This 7-hour shore excursion includes pickup and drop-off by minivan.
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  • 6 hours
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation

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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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Full-Day Small-Group Rotorua Shore Excursion From Tauranga

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.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 6 hours
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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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Half Day Small-Group Tauranga Scenic Tour FREE Kiwifruit icecream and tastings.

It can be tough to explore the Bay of Plenty from a cruise ship; this half-day scenic tour takes away some of the difficulty. Drive around Pilot Bay and take in grand views of Tauranga Harbour, Matakana Island and the extinct volcano Mauao, a significant site to local Māori. Enjoy the sights at Mount Maunganui’s popular Main Beach, then drive inland to Paengaroa and visit Comvita, a world-famous honey producer.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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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
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 7 hours 15 minutes
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Shore Excursion: Geothermal Rotorua with Maori Cultural Performance at Whakarewarewa

When your cruise ship docks in Tauranga, head out for a full-day tour of Mt. Maunganui and Rotorua. In Rotorua, learn about Maori culture, and see geothermal hot pools and the Pohutu Geyser at Whakarewarewa—The Living Maori Village. Sample New Zealand specialties such as manuka honey and kiwi fruit, and spend time checking out highlights including Lake Rotorua and Government Gardens.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation

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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: 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 Shore Excursion: Waitomo Caves and The Kiwi House

Explore one of the North Island’s most impressive natural wonders and see the national symbol of New Zealand on this 6-hour shore excursion from Tauranga. Cruise through the Waitomo Caves, filled with glittering glow-worms, then visit the Otorohanga Kiwi House to learn more about the native birds. Port pickup and drop-off is included.
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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: Te Puia Maori Cultural Centre and Rotorua City Sightseeing

When your cruise ship docks in Tauranga, gain insight into New Zealand’s natural and cultural heritage on a shore excursion to Rotorua. At the Te Puia Maori cultural center, discover boiling mud pools and Pohutu Geyser on a walk through the Whakarewarewa geothermal valley; learn about Maori customs at the Maori Arts and Crafts Institute; and spot the elusive kiwi bird.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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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
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation

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Hobbiton Movie Set and Waitomo Glowworm Caves: Tauranga Shore Excursion

This small-group shore excursion from Tauranga is designed to maximize cruise passengers’ time on land and skip the lines, as all tickets are pre-booked. Visit two of New Zealand’s must-see attractions—the Waitomo Glowworm Caves and the Hobbiton Movie Set—in an easy day trip. Receive personalized attention on a small-group tour by private minivan rather than a big, impersonal tour bus.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation

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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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