Mount Maunganui, New Zealand
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6 hours (Approx.)
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Offered in: English


Explore the geothermal landscapes of Rotorua on this 6-hour shore excursion. Visit the city’s top attractions such as Government Gardens, Rachel’s Pool, and the Ohinemutu Maori Village. Then head to the Whakarewarewa geothermal valley and discover the bubbling mud pools and the largest geyser in the southern hemisphere before heading back to your cruise ship.
  • Explore the popular city of Rotorua on this 6-hour shore excursion
  • See attractions like Rachel’s Pool and the Ohinemutu Maori Village
  • Discover the natural phenomena at Whakarewarewa geothermal valley
  • All transportation is included on this small-group tour from Port Tauranga


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, Nov 2018

We booked a small group shore excursion,the Rotorua Highlights Including Whakarewarewa Visit, for the 9th November. Originally, it was supposed to be a 7.5hr tour, but due to timing of ship arrival and departure, the start time was made earlier and it was reduced to 6 hours, but the price remained the same!! Our tour was provided by Shore Trips Tours and there was a bit of confusion when we arrived at the port, but once we found one our bus, we settled in for our tour. Our driver, Paul was very knowledgeable and funny. The tour was going along well, until he mentioned something about sharing passengers with another driver for whatever reason. It was then we realized that half of the passengers on our bus were from another ship, The Noordam, that was docked in Tauranga also. We couldn't understand why they split the passengers, but it all went South from there. To cut a long story short, their ship was due to depart at 4.00pm, where our ship was departing at 5.00pm. Our tour of the Village was very rushed and we missed a great deal of it. We did not get to see the mud pools, one of the attractions we were led to believe we would be taken to, and the poor guide of the village was being constantly pushed to be quick. We were rushed onto the bus and headed off back to port. Paul did take the scenic route back, which was beautiful, but when he mentioned he would take us for a quick look around the CBD, he was pretty much told by a passenger that there was no time as they had to be back on the Noordam, so we missed out on that too!!! For the most part, the tour was good and the welcome we received by the Living Village people was fantastic. Our guide, Michael, did the best he could with the time he was given, but even he was feeling frustrated that he was being rushed.I do not hold Viator responsible for this debacle as they would have allocated the tour to Shore Trips Tours, but I feel they need to know for future reference. No explanation was given as to why passengers from two different ships were put on the same tour when there were two different ship departure times!!!I must add a kudos to Viator for quickly refunding a tour booked to Dunedin that we had to cancel due to ship diverting as a result of rough seas.

, May 2017

This trip was outstanding. Our guide was very knowledgeable and took all the time needed so that everyone in our small group experienced everything on the tour. The only downer was another large group of tourists at the Whakarewarewa show who disregarded all instructions to stay out of the middle aisle and to take any pictures from the side aisles so that views would not be impeded. Our guide even offered to take us to see the beekeepers, when we finished the tour with some time to spare, but all of us were tired so we declined his offer.

, Jan 2017

I would like to thank our tour guide. He was brilliant. I did a ships tour a few years ago and there is no comparison. Well done Viator for engaging these thoroughly generous with their time and knowledgeable tour guides.

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