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Tauranga Shore Excursion: Rotorua Highlights

  • Rotorua shore excursion from Tauranga
  • Visit the Okere Waterfalls
  • See hot thermal springs, bubbling mud and the famous Pohutu Geyser
Tauranga Shore Excursion: Rotorua Highlights
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Tauranga Shore Excursion: Rotorua Highlights
From USD 104.80
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.
What to Expect
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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Reviews (165)
1 - 5 of 5 reviews
Reviewed 28 March 2018

The directions to find our tour were excellent. The private vehicle turned out to be a 44 passenger (comfortable) bus. The Kiwi farm was interesting. The Maori village was very nice Got to see a functioning village. The performance was nice although we had seen...More

Date of experience: March 2018
4  Thank Lynn H
Reviewed 17 March 2018

This was a great tour really enjoyed the day. The only negative would be we drove along the rd and you could see only parts of the beach and I would have loved to stop for 5 minutes to have a good look at the...More

Date of experience: December 2017
3  Thank Rosemarie C
Reviewed 27 February 2018
Good sightseeing tour when time is limited

We stopped at Tauranga as part of our cruise. The tour was an ideal way to see Tauranga and Rotorua. Highlights included a visit to a Kiwi fruit farm with tastings (ice cream was delicious), and a Maori village which game some insight into their...More

Date of experience: December 2017
4  Thank Amanda M
Reviewed 22 February 2018 via mobile
Nightmare Tour!

This was probably one of the worst tours I have ever been on. Whilst the drive there was very informative, our time at the Thermal village was very disappointing. We were taken to the show that is put on then to the cafe for lunch....More

7  Thank jacindan2018
Jan D, Owner at Zealandier Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Jacinda, I dont understand why you have written a review on Zealandier Tours site and yet posted an image of a tour operator who is our competitor . Your image is that of Johns Trips and Tours of whom does not have a Trip Advisor...More

Reviewed 16 February 2018
Interesting tour with great guide

Jan met us on at the port entrance as promised and was helpful and friendly. Stephen, our driver and guide, really made this tour. He had a great sense of humour and told us lots of interesting facts about the area and also the whole...More

Date of experience: February 2018
4  Thank janj11-02
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24 August 2018|
Response from Amanda M | Reviewed this property |
Our tour was in a mini-bus. The only part of the tour that had lots of people was at the thermal springs village, but the guides there organised the groups very well.
Megan B
7 August 2018|
Response from Rosemarie C | Reviewed this property |
Hi Megan We had about 10 people on our tour.