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Tauranga Shore Excursion: Rotorua Highlights

Tauranga, New Zealand
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7 hours 30 minutes (Approx.)
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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.
  • Rotorua shore excursion from Tauranga
  • Visit the Okere Waterfalls
  • See hot thermal springs, bubbling mud and the famous Pohutu Geyser
  • Learn Maori traditions and watch the famous Haka dance at an authentic living Maori village
  • Covered by Viator’s worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship
Start your shore excursion with pickup from the cruise port in Tauranga, departing Mt Maunganui for a day trip through the North Island’s lake country, sprinkled with more than a dozen pristine lakes. En route to Rotorua, hear insightful live commentary on board the vehicle as you travel past the lovely waterfront and Bay of Plenty.
A short drive brings you to your first stop in the town of Te Puke, considered New Zealand's kiwifruit capital. Visit Kiwifruit Country, and learn more about this special fruit.
Next, drive past rolling farmland and pine tree forests then disembark for a brief stroll to Okere Falls, a small town popular for its waterfalls and lakefront views. Stop for lunch beside Lake Rotorua (own expense) before visiting the thermal wonderland of Whakarewarewa in the afternoon. Follow a Maori guide through a lunar-like landscape of hot springs and mud pools, and see the eruption of Pohutu Geyser. You’ll hear how the indigenous people used the jets of steam from the bubbling cauldrons for everyday functions.
Discover more Maori customs at a Maori village, starting with a traditional welcome. Enjoy a performance of song and dance, including the warlike haka. After, go sightseeing in Rotorua city. View the Government Gardens, historical bath house and natural hot springs at Whangapipiro (Rachel's Pool) as well as Lake Tarawera if time allows. 
Complete your Rotorua shore excursion with the return to Mt Maunganui, following a scenic route via the Tauranga city center before crossing the harbor bridge to the port.
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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janice k
, Feb 2019

Started out disappointing. We booked this excursion with Viator. We are a group of 6 and expected a small van. Showed up to be in 2 different groups and ended up on a large coach bus so we could all be together. We booked this tour 6 months in advance. The tour was excellent. We visited a Honey and Ice Cream store and a Maori Village which was very informative and interesting.

, Feb 2019

We were a group of 6 adults and took this tour from our ship Solstice in Jan 2019, however when we reached our tour meeting point, we found that were we not booked on this tour together as group of 6 as requested and we were forced to move from a small van group arrangement to a larger bus in order for us to all be together for this tour. The tour itself was very informative where we visited the Okere Waterfalls and an active Maori village which allow us to learn how the Maori people live today, how they cook their food and function in today's modern world.

Wendy N
, Dec 2018

Our guide Nick was excellent. I would have given it five stars, but lunch was a fiasco (and a couple of guests wanted to see the honey store) and we had to miss seeing the waterfalls. I enjoyed hearing about the Maori culture from tribal members and visiting their village and thermal features. The kiwi plantation was also a highlight.

, Dec 2018

Better than our ships options. Main geyser never went up several smaller ones did. Interesting historical area. Lots of tour busses! Covered lots of ground. Lunch was a quick mall food court.

Janice T
, Apr 2018

what we enjoyed about our tour was that it was only a small group.I was hoping we would see some mud pools.

, Mar 2018

Our tour guide Sue was very accomodating and informative. Our tour of the Maori village was so interesting and the performance they put on was very entertaining. We would highly recommend this tour.

Claude L
, Mar 2018

Although long, this tour gives a good overall view of the region. Lovely scenery, interesting maori site and show. Unfortunately, due to à restaurant closure, we were left in a shopping mall for lunch. Zero for ambiance. Very informative guide.

Bill B
, Mar 2018

Very good guide with detailed knowledge of the area. Extremely helpful to my disabled wife.

Margaret J
, Mar 2018

Excellent tour and driver. Really enjoyed kiwi fruit farm.

Guide at Rotorua informative and the show enjoyable.

, Mar 2018

We really enjoyed this tour with Sue the bus driver. She was very knowledgeable and shared points of interest with us as we made our way to Rotorua. What an amazing place this is. Don't forget to go to the boiling mud location that our Moari guide did not take us to, although her tour itself was very well done.

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