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

Tauranga, New Zealand
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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.
  • 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
  • Covered by Viator’s worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship
When your cruise ship pulls into port at Tauranga, your guide picks you up by mini-coach for the scenic drive to Rotorua. Your full-day shore excursion traverses the Tauranga Harbour Bridge, journeying past rolling farmland and through the Pyes Pa Canyons.
Make a stop at Hamurana Spring, the North Island’s deepest freshwater spring, for a stroll past towering California redwoods to Rotorua Lake. Continuing your journey to Rotorua by coach, with a visit the Agrodome to learn about New Zealand's nearly 70 million sheep, along with other farm animals such as alpacas and ostriches.
Reaching Te Puia, you’ll spend time at the New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute and Whakarewarewa thermal village. See a cultural performance that brings Maori legends to life, and walk past bubbling mud pools and steaming springs to the 100-foot (30-meter) Pohutu Geyser. Then visit the nocturnal kiwi house for a glimpse of the country’s eponymous icon.
On arrival in Rotorua, enjoy a sightseeing tour of city highlights including the historical bath house, Whangapipiro (Rachel Spring) and the Government Gardens.
Your return trip to the Tauranga cruise terminal follows a different route, stopping at Kaituna Waterfalls and Kiwifruit Country to learn about kiwifruit before your shore excursion comes to an end.
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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Viator Traveler's Reviews

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, Mar 2018

1 1/2 hour long drive from the cruise terminal to Rotorua. The cultural presentation was enjoyable but the rest of the center was just moderately interesting. The expert led groups were way too large. Lunch was at a place that was closing and the tour guide had no idea and that meant few choices.

, Mar 2018

The tour to Tauranga was awesome! Nick, our tour guide did a fantastic job of making our day a memorable one. Would highly recommend this tour. The Maori Cultural Center was so interesting. The performance was very lively and fun. Nick was informative, helpful and pleasant! Tour and guide was great!

Andrew G
, Jan 2018

Awesome tour and great lunch spot overlooking the lake

Gerard D
, Jan 2018

I had booked a tour online with Zealander Tours to Rotorua. The driver was over weight, had had knee surgery on both knees and was more interested in getting back to base by 4.30 although we had told him our ship departure was 19.30. He took us to the Kiwi Farm and I had to request and convince him to visit the Manuka Honey complex not five minutes further up the road. He then drove at speed to Rotorua according to him to see the show which by the way is every hour on the hour and after lunch drove at speed back to the pier. I had been on this tour before but wanted my sister to enjoy all the tour encompassed but that did not happen. We missed out on the waterfalls, the red gum trees forrest and a drive around the town Rotorua with it's fabulous historical buildings. Zealander Tours????..... never again

Diane J
, Dec 2017

excellent tour, excellent driver-uide Eric, who knew the history, dynamic,bring us back to the port on time as agreed in the morning before the beginning of the tour.
Highly recommend.

John D
, May 2017

The itinerary was comprehensive and allowed time to see all we wished.
Nathalie our driver/guide was excellent admirably accommodating all nationalities on our minibus.

, Apr 2017

The Maori Cultural Centre was, of course, very interesting. The problems were in the transportation, our driver - Brian, did not know how to operate heat and AC in his vehicle and also had issues with the microphone making it impossible to hear any of the information he had to share with us. I'm sure that without these stumbling blocks it would have made for a very nice day, with them it made for a very frustrating day.

, Feb 2017

Pros: price, Maori Cultural Show and geysers, Rotorua Lake
Cons: confusion at pier. Sent to wrong van. Driver could not regulate air, had to be told by a passenger and then we couldn't hear him. Would have liked to explore Maori life more.

, Feb 2017

We had to wait for the other ship to dock and started our tour 1 hour late. This put us behind and the tour guide said we could NOT go to the waterfalls because it was under maintenance....this was NOT TRUE...other group said they went. We did NOT get to KIWI 360, because he said the place was closed. He showed us the restaurant the we would have had lunch at, but because we left late, we had to
have a sandwich at the Cultural Center.

karilyn k
, Jan 2017

A fun day out!!

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