Tauranga Shore Excursion: Te Puia Maori Cultural Centre and Rotorua City Sightseeing - Reviews

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Andrew G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2018

Awesome tour and great lunch spot overlooking the lake

Diane J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2017

excellent tour, excellent driver-uide Eric, who knew the history, dynamic,bring us back to the port on time as agreed in the morning before the beginning of the tour.
Highly recommend.

John D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2017

The itinerary was comprehensive and allowed time to see all we wished.
Nathalie our driver/guide was excellent admirably accommodating all nationalities on our minibus.

karilyn k

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2017

A fun day out!!

Gloria L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2016

Good tour and wonderful driver. On the way out of the port to Viator vehicle, my left leg went out and I could barely walk. I made it into the front of the SUV and at the Maori Cultural Center Brian borrowed a wheel chair. At lunch he drove right up to the restaurant. At Kiwi, he borrowed a wheel chair. He was a wonderful guide and tried to be very helpful.

Sally J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2016

Our tour guide was informative and knew the area well. Our transport vehicle was also of a high standard and the cruise ship guarantee took the worry out of missing the ship, definitely value for money trip.

pteach

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2016

This tour was excellent. Our tour guide was great. The show at the cultural center was very authentic and informative. The geysers were amazing. Kiwi 360 was a lot of fun and very interesting.

Heinz-Jürgen Z

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2016

A very good journey

C John D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2016

Well done, very interesting to being exposed to another culture. Everyone was very friendly
and helpful.

cdusmjrn

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2015

Even with a steady downpour throughout the day, this was a tour jammed packed with information. Our guide, Simon, was jammed packed with knowledge, and information about New Zealand. He provided a constant narrative from the origin of New Zealand to the settlement by the Maori's. His command of the language was excellent. For those with no idea about Kiwi fruit, the stop at Kiwi 360 was quite informative. Similar to what the Dole plantation tour in Hawaii used to be. Walking around the thermal springs in a steady rain/fog/mist made it seem even more intriguing. Top everything off with a cultural show and it was a great day.

Robert E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2015

The drive and associated tour from Tauranga and the Te Puia Maori experience was first rate

Michel L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2015

A very enjoyable full day of activities. Easy day for the driver/guide as all attractions are solid on their own.

Joseph F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2015

Knowledgeable tour guide and good value for the money. We enjoyed it very much and will use Viator in the future. This was our first tour and it was recommended by people on our cruise.

Josephine M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2015

Outstanding! Van driver was amazing. Because other passengers did not show up, my friend and I had Pete totally to ourselves and saw sites at leisure.

Thorough explanation of some of the Maori culture and traditions. Unfortunately, my camera went kaput and did not take enough photos, my bad. Worth the paid and then some. Thank you, Viator!

Dante A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2014

The day was very enjoyable! The guide did a great job!

George M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2014

The tour was terrific, the guide was knowledgable and everything went very well. I would certainly recommend this tour.

William L Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2014

Our guide Wendy covered everything we wanted to see and more. Having tickets and tour times organised before we arrived at Rotorua ensured we wasted no time, but we weren't rushed. Because we had time to spare Wendy gave us a tour of Tauranga, having a small group meant no time waiting for a crowd to get on and off a bus, Lunch at a favourite lunch place for Wendy was lovely. Pick up and drop off at our cruise ship was timely and convenient.

wilso

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2014

tour guide was great , tour was great went to Te Puia Maori Cultural Centre and rotorua sight seeing seen a lot of the country,geissers and natural springs would recommend

Patrick O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2014

It was great, the guide was very informative and we really enjoyed a wonderful experience.
On a different note a would like to say how professional Viator was in refunding our money for a cancelled jet boat trip from Christchurch. We arrived home to find our refund already deposited in our account. I would definitely use Viator again and would recommend them to our friends.

Matthew G

4 star rating: Recommended
December 2016

Great tour. Knowledgeable guide. The Cultural Centre and Rotorua geysers and mudpools were amazing.

Pamela P

4 star rating: Recommended
March 2016

Our driver was great. We really enjoyed our day.

Carl M

4 star rating: Recommended
January 2016

Good tour, knowledgeable guide. Was in a 4 person mini-van, quite comfortable. Saw what we expected but the Maori part was very interesting and comprehensive.

robert h

4 star rating: Recommended
April 2015

Stops on the way to Rotorua, specifcally the Kiwi 360 Centre and Okere Falls, were OK and the info provided by our guide, Robin, from Zealandier, was very interesting.
However, the big attraction for us was the visit to Te Puia in Rotorua. Our guide was helpful and accompanied us throughout the complex. We really enjoyed Te Puia, including the Maori cultural show, the Maori village and other displays. But the highlight was the geothermal activity and the geysers. That was amazing! The brief visit to other places of interest in Rotorua after lunch was fine too. The drive back from Rotorua to Tauranga was long but the guide tried to make it as interesting as possible and also showed us a bit of Tauranga, Overall we were quite pleased with this tour.

Yolanda S

4 star rating: Recommended
March 2015

Our guide/bus driver did not give us enough information as the other guides. He was short in explanations and quick to move on. The area was very interesting. It would have been good to interact with some the Maoris. Perhaps some explaining in the wood and weave shop could have been done.

charleytallman

3 star rating: Worth doing
April 2017

The Maori Cultural Centre was, of course, very interesting. The problems were in the transportation, our driver - Brian, did not know how to operate heat and AC in his vehicle and also had issues with the microphone making it impossible to hear any of the information he had to share with us. I'm sure that without these stumbling blocks it would have made for a very nice day, with them it made for a very frustrating day.

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