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I specialize in a 7-hour tour to Rotorua the Maori Culture capital of New Zealand and the centre of the Geo-Thermal region of NZ.
You will be met at the Port gates by your driver/guide in a minivan and take a drive along the waterfront of Pilot Bay Mount Maunganui, then along the picturesque Marine Parade, Mount Maunganui's surf beach with its many luxurious homes.

You will take a walk on Papamoa Beach, paddle in the water or talk to the fishermen on the beach and gather seashells.

You will continue your tour to Rotorua where you will visit the Rotorua lakefront for a great photo opportunity and take a walk through the Government Gardens. Upon arrival at Te Puia, the Maori Cultural Centre, you will learn about the various meanings of the Maori carvings, Maori culture, its history, myths, legends and beliefs. You will also go to a Maori cultural performance and experience the traditional challenges, plus song and dance including the fearsome Haka, or posture, dance.

You may like to purchase some lunch (at your own expense) from Pohutu Cafe on site. We recommend trying a traditional Hangi meal, which is cooked in a pit in the ground.

After your visit at the cultural center, head over to the geo-thermal valley to see the boiling mud pools and steaming geysers erupting up to 30-meters in the air. Visit the Kiwi House where you will see New Zealand's national bird, the flightless and endangered Kiwi Bird. On the way back back to your ship, we'll take a short drive through Tauranga.
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Te Puia
Kiwi 360
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Explore New Zealand’s magical North Island on this 7-hour Tauranga shore excursion. See the golden sands of Mt Maunganui’s Marine Parade and stroll along Papamoa Beach as local fishermen haul in their catches. Learn about traditional Maori arts and crafts, culture and history in Te Puia, and watch a performance of the Maori war dance. Explore Rotorua’s geothermal valley, famous for its steaming geysers and bubbling mud pools, and admire New Zealand’s national bird in the Kiwi House.
  • Small-group tour by minibus
  • Small group ensures personal service
  • All entrance fees included
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Fully narrated tour
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Exceded our Expectations

We took Jim's day tour as we were on a New Zealand, Australia, and Bail Cruise. We met Jim outside the port gate, where he greeted us with a big smile and sign with our names on it. Jim's knowledge of the geothermal sites and...More

Thank Susan C
Reviewed 8 March 2018
Excellent guide who was willing to accommodate cruisers on tight timelines

Archer Tours was willing to shape the tour to Rotorua's Te Puia Cultural Center and geothermal area to the arrival and departure of our cruise ship which had a limited time in Taruanga's port. Archer's 11 passenger van accommodates small groups very nicely. It's AC,...More

Thank retireeVancouver
Reviewed 27 February 2018
Five excellent slaps up!

We were on a New Zealand & Australian Cruise, with a full day port call in Tauranga. I had been lucky enough to secure a private tour with Jim Archer, an incredibly knowledgeable & entertaining Maori tour guide. He was to take us (& two...More

Thank cozkitty
Reviewed 5 February 2018
Great option if you're on a cruise!

We can't recommend Jim Archer Tours highly enough, especially if you're on a cruise stopping at Tauranga. As many of the other reviews state, Jim is extremely knowledgeable, professional and personable. Our trip to Rotorua and the Te Puia Centre was a highlight of our...More

Thank Stephen F
Reviewed 28 January 2018
Best excursion of our cruise!!!

We were lucky to find info about Jim Archer online and we are so glad we did!!! Jim is Maori and he knows so much about the history and culture. We were in a small group and had an amazing tour with Jim. The entertainment...More

Thank Catherine C
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Response from cozkitty | Reviewed this property |
Hi, we had 7 people in the van (including Jim) we could have comfortably fit two more people, It would have been a tight squeeze to put in more than 8 plus the driver. I highly recommend his tour, he was just fantastic.
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