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Tauranga Shore Excursion: Rotorua Geothermal Wonders

Tauranga, New Zealand
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See the explosive power of Rotorua’s Pohuto Geyser on a full-day, small-group shore excursion from Tauranga to Te Puia. You’ll find simmering mud pools heated by geothermal activity, spot endangered kiwi birds, and watch a cultural performance of traditional Maori songs and war dances. Following your time at Te Puia, head into Rotorua for a tour of the town’s highlights, then return to Tauranga through a landscape of kiwi orchards and rolling terrain. Group size is limited to 15 people for more personal service from the guide.
  • Small-group shore excursion from the Port of Tauranga
  • Visit the geothermal hotspot of Te Puia
  • See geysers and steam vents
  • Learn about Maori culture and traditions
  • All entrance fees included
  • Pickup and drop-off at the Port of Tauranga
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Guide was knowledgeable and friendly
, Jan 2020
Easy to find the guide on the pier. Met us just as we came off the ship. It was almost a private tour as not many signed up. The geothermal park was great. I wish we could have spent more time there.
Nice day in Tuaranga/Rotorua
, Jan 2019
Our guide, Dave, was great. Very knowledgeable about the area and the nicest man you will ever meet. Day went perfectly as planned and we were back at the cruise terminal in plenty of time. Same itinerary as the cruise ship tour at half the price. I guess a lot depends on the guide, but our experience was 100% positive.
Enjoyable trip. Be prepared for some...
, Mar 2018
Enjoyable trip. Be prepared for some steam spray and , of course smell Gordon
Well run tour. Our driver was...
, Mar 2018
Well run tour. Our driver was excellent giving all the information required. Rotorua was worth the visit with the natural wonders and local show was also good. It's a full day out but worth it
Geothermal stuff was interesting and...
Terry S
, Feb 2018
Geothermal stuff was interesting and enjoyed seeing the Kiwi fruit farm. I never realized the fruit grows like grapes.
We booked this excursion on Jan 4...
, Feb 2018
We booked this excursion on Jan 4, 2018. The voucher and subsequent emails all indicated a 10:00 am departure even though our ship was getting in around 7:00 am. We didn't question it since nothing in their emails indicated anything else. Well, we get off the ship around 9:15 and walk to the meeting location. Since it was early, we weren't too concerned when we didn't see anyone there. We asked a few other tour operators and they said to just wait where we were. As it got closer to 10:00 am, we started to get concerned when we didn't see anyone from this tour company. We asked another local guide to call the phone number we had and we were finally able to get a hold of someone after several attempts. Well, surprise - they left at 9:00 am. Apparently, an email was sent sometime in DECEMBER notifying people of the time change but they NEVER changed it on the website. Thankfully, David from Royal Coach tours was going to be heading in that direction and offered to take us there with another couple that was going. They notified the drivers that we were on the way but when we got there, we had to look and wait for the driver to come an get us so we could get in and finally start our excursion. VERY disappointed in how this was handled. We never received an apology and they kept saying how it wasn't their fault...they are only the drivers. While the geothermal springs were very nice and we had a great guide, the fact that we missed the whole first portion of this trip was very unprofessional and poorly handled. Again, thankful David was there to help us out or we would have missed this entirely.
This was a very enjoyable day...
Pat D
, Feb 2018
This was a very enjoyable day starting with a drive through the countryside and a visit to a Kiwifruit farm. Tasting of the fruit and juice and information on their production. From there we continued onto Rotorua. We visited the beautiful gardens and viewed the historic buildings. Then onto see the Geothermal wonders and a cultural show. The show was well presented and then we walked around the park viewing the various mud pools and geysers. Spectacular. A full day but back in plenty time for our ship's departure.
Our trip left an hour earlier than...
, Jan 2018
Our trip left an hour earlier than we were advised. We did not have phone reception so even though the agent tried to call that was of no use. Karen the tour operator was very off hand and really unhelpful. She wanted us to upgrade to a tour which we had already done. Anyway, after paying more money, another driver took our group of 4 as I had booked 2 separate tours and both had left an hour early!!!. I am very disappointed with this experience. Martin the driver of our tour was very good.
It was a great day.Driver interesting...
Kathryn B
, Dec 2017
It was a great day.Driver interesting. Scenery was very good
The trip was really disappointing...
Mrs D
, Dec 2017
The trip was really disappointing . The Maori show was very artificial and it was on a continual loop running every 1/2hour . The wood carving and weaving which I was really interested in was not hands on and Was paid lip service to . The thermal spas themselves were a sight I'd never seen before but again disappointing . Didn't see any wild life . The cafe was quite limited A long way and expensive trip that was tiring and uninspirational . Purely a money making centre with no real soul

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