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Shore Excursion: Skyline Rotorua from Tauranga

Tauranga, New Zealand
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Experience New Zealand’s adventurous side at Skyline Rotorua on a full-day shore excursion from the Port of Tauranga. You’ll get panoramic views of Lake Rotorua from the gondola, then try the thrilling luge track—there are three track options that range from laid-back to challenging, and two luge runs are included in this tour. Following your time at Skyline Rotorua, continue to Rotorua to see the town’s highlights, from the lakefront to historic buildings, then return to Tauranga through the scenic countryside.
  • Full-day Shore Excursion to Skyline Rotorua
  • Choose from three exciting luge tracks
  • See the landscape from above in the gondola
  • Visit the town of Rotorua's highlights
  • Pickup and drop-off at the Port of Tauranga
  • All entrance fees included
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Extremely fun day! The small bus picked...
Marilyn S
, Jul 2017
Extremely fun day! The small bus picked us up at our cruise ship in Tauranga and we then made our way to the Rotorua area about an hour away. The bus groups people doing different tours so we all visited the Government Gardens and the they made drop offs at several areas of interest that we had each pre-booked. Some passengers didn't like this but it was spelled out in the tour description so we were expecting it. Skyline Rotorua is a fun amusement area that features the luge ride we had booked, plus mountain biking, zip lining, etc. if you have tweens or teens they will love you to death for taking them there! You ride a gondola to the top of the mountain and then branch off into different areas for the various activities. Our package included two luge runs. The luge shouldn't be confused with the ones you see in the Olympics. Instead they are low-to-the-ground nonmotorized wheeled vehicles that are a cross between a go-cart and a tricycle. After receiving some limited instructions you cruise by gravity down the mountainside on cement tracks of varying levels of difficulty. You are required to take the beginners course on your first run. Then you board a chairlift like you would find at a ski area. Workers attach your luge so you don't have to lug it back up the hill. Then you get in line for your second run and get to choose the intermediate or advanced runs. We took the intermediate, which was quite a bit steeper and faster than the first ride. Very fun! After finishing our runs we had lunch at an open air cafe with beautiful views of Lake Rotorua. We only had about 2.5 hours in total there, which was barely enough time to do what we did but it was a great day. If you have kids who want to try everything you will need a longer time than what this Viator tour offers and may want to go on your own. But this made for a fun and unusual port stop on our cruise. I would do it again!
We enjoyed this excursion. The driver...
, Jan 2017
We enjoyed this excursion. The driver was very pleasant, funny and informative.
Great excursion. Driver was friendly...
Geoffrey M
, Jan 2017
Great excursion. Driver was friendly and informative.
We were surprised that we were sharing...
Teresa F
, Jan 2017
We were surprised that we were sharing the coach with two other tours, which meant that we had to drop them off first before starting our trip. Good once we got to our actual destination.

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