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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. Taste kiwifruit products including wine; 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
  • Enjoy tastings of kiwifruit and 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

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What You Can Expect

Tauranga Shore Excursion: Rotorua Highlights

Rotorua Historic Bath House, Rotorua Museum

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 Kiwi 360, a horticultural theme park where you’ll taste kiwifruit products including juices, wines and liqueurs.

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.

Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Loved this trip. The Maori village was fabulous. The driver was knowledgeable and informative and made the day.

james m

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

One of the best tours we've had in a long while guides at hot springs were brilliant driver very informative and professionall would highly recommend

Vanessa K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

One of our favourite stops on our recent cruise. This tour was awesome, the living Maori village is amazing, and the cultural performance a must do.

Stephen H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

We had Phillip as our tour guide. As it turned-out, we were the only tour participants. Phillip took us to all the great sites in Rotorua plus a couple of hidden gems on the way back to Tauranga. The time spent at each location was perfect. We saw geysers, Maori, kiwi farm, redwood forest, lake and waterfalls. The cafe by the lake was beautiful and the food reasonably priced. We would highly recommend this tour.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Excellent day highlighted by visit to Maori Village and tour by 'Chief'. Very good presentation of Maori dancing and singing.

Bichvan N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

It is raining almost all day in summer! Driver and tour guide are pleasant and informative, we experienced in their cultures and enjoyed the show very much!

Dan D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Learned a lot from this shore excursion

Kathryn M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

My husband and I had a great time on this tour. The guide was knowledge, friendly and accessible. No question went unanswered, although there was little need to ask additional questions. The Maori Village Whakawawerawa was amazing.

Lesley C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

We arrived in Tauranga on a cruise ship and I had booked this independent of the cruise company so I was a little nervous of how it would work. But it was absolutely fine, no problems at all. We got off the ship and were met by the tour organisers who directed us to a minibus where we met our driver, Nick. He took us, along with 6 other cruise members and another family of 3, to a Maori village where we had a very interesting tour of the village with its thermal springs and geysers. Then we watched a traditional Maori performance before moving on to Rotorua and lunch. On the way back to Tauranga we stopped off at a kiwi farm and sampled some kiwi juice. Nick was very informative on the journey, the ride was very comfortable and he was very accommodating of his passengers needs. Excellent all round. Highly recommend this tour.

andrew a Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Rotorua sights were great.. Village tour outstanding.
Reasonable cost and the tour was professionally organised.

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