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Tauranga Shore Excursion: Rotorua Highlights provided by Zealandier Tours

Tauranga Shore Excursion: Rotorua Highlights

Tauranga Shore Excursion: Rotorua Highlights
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from $149.00 per adult
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About
This handy shore excursion has been especially designed for cruise ship passengers to make the most of their short time on land. Visit one of New Zealand's most famous attractions easily from your port in Tauranga. Be amazed by the geothermal activity in Rotorua, such as boiling geysers and bubbling mud pools. Learn about Maori culture by visiting a Maori village. You'll be returned to your ship in good time.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 7h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Know before you go
  • Duration: 7h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
See Rotorua highlights like Whakarewarewa, the Pohutu Geyser, and Okere Falls
Learn about New Zealand culture, history, and nature through on-board commentary
Port transfers are included
Cover a lot of ground in a short time on this well-planned tour
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.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 6050PRTTRGRTFD
Call +1 855 275 5071
Important information
Inclusions
Driver/guide • Live commentary on board • Transport by private vehicle • Port pickup and drop-off • Covered by Viator’s worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship • Entry/Admission - Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village
Exclusions
Food and drinks, unless specified • Gratuities
Duration
7h 30m
Departure details
Traveller pickup is offered.
Departure Point: Outside the Port of Tauranga main pedestrian gate Directions: After disembarking your ships gangway; please proceed along the pathway marked by safety barriers which run alongside your ship to the port of Tauranga exit gates. There will be port security staff and local ambassadors along this short walkway to direct you to the gates. Our local representative will be standing outside the port gates on the grass section directly under the flag pole with a name board held high with your names on. Your driver / guides will be dressed in uniform of black trousers, white shirts and the females may be wearing some orange apparel. The vehicles will be in the car park directly behind where you will be met, which is less than 100 meters.
Ports:
Port of Tauranga Ltd (Sulphur Point), 66 Mirrielees Road, Tauranga 3110, New Zealand
Inclusions
Driver/guide • Live commentary on board • Transport by private vehicle • Port pickup and drop-off • Covered by Viator’s worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship • Entry/Admission - Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village
Exclusions
Food and drinks, unless specified • Gratuities
Departure details
Traveller pickup is offered.
Departure Point: Outside the Port of Tauranga main pedestrian gate Directions: After disembarking your ships gangway; please proceed along the pathway marked by safety barriers which run alongside your ship to the port of Tauranga exit gates. There will be port security staff and local ambassadors along this short walkway to direct you to the gates. Our local representative will be standing outside the port gates on the grass section directly under the flag pole with a name board held high with your names on. Your driver / guides will be dressed in uniform of black trousers, white shirts and the females may be wearing some orange apparel. The vehicles will be in the car park directly behind where you will be met, which is less than 100 meters.
Ports:
Port of Tauranga Ltd (Sulphur Point), 66 Mirrielees Road, Tauranga 3110, New Zealand
Duration
7h 30m
Additional information
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Not wheelchair accessible
Please wear comfortable clothing and walking shoes
Please bring sun protection and jackets for cooler weather
Worry-free Shore Excursion Guarantee
Most travellers can participate
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 19 travellers
Itinerary
  • You'll get picked up
    See Important Information for details
  • Pass by
    Tauranga
  • 1
    Te Puke
    Stop: 30 minutes
    See details
  • 2
    Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village
    Stop: 3 hours - Admission included
    See details
  • 3
    Government Gardens
    Stop: 60 minutes
    See details
    Pass by
    Zealandier Tours
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Kibworth Beauchamp, UK261 contributions
A full day, but covered everything worth seeing
Feb 2020
Arrived on a Cruise Ship (Arcadia) and covered similar items to those covered by the cruise ship's own tour but in a smaller vehicle and for a much lower price. I have no criticism of the tour or our driver. As is usually the case with independent tours; feedback shared with those on the ship's own tour afterwards, came out very favourably in respect of the independent tour. They are more flexible as to the length and variety of stops (if nobody is interested in a stop you quickly move on rather than have a fixed time stop), and calls can be made at places that cannot accommodate large coaches. My only criticism of this tour was in respect of the guide "allocated" to us at the Maori village; she spent far too long teaching us how to say the name of the village (repeated during the show), then took far too long explaining other things about her relatives, then followed some other tours that meant we could not get close to items worth viewing, then arrived at the show so late that we ended up behind all the other tours. This was not the fault of Zealander; we were just unlucky, and could have been allocated a better guide. A worthwhile day trip.
Written 5 March 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Carolyn W
Saint Louis, MO4 contributions
Okay
Feb 2020 • Couples
This trip follows its description, although each stop is rather quick. Tour through Tauranga could have been shorter. Geysers were interesting only because they were part of the Mäori people
Written 16 February 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Karen in La
Sydney, Australia70 contributions
Excellent tour of Maori Village and other highlights around Tauranga
Feb 2020
This was our favorite shore excursion from the NCL Jewel. We found the guide was excellent, took us to several stops, including the Kaituna River waterfall that the local raft adventurers use. It is the world’s Highest Rafted Waterfall. We stopped at a nice place for a bite to eat...not too expensive and very casual. The shake there was great!
Our visit to the Maori Living Village was excellently done. Our Maori tour guide sang us songs, took us to all the steaming pools, the church, the local burial sites, and told us many interesting stories. I wished I could have stayed there all day exploring. The Maori performance was amazing and they even let us take videos, take shots with the local Maori performers. Our last stop was a kiwi farm and the ice cream there was so tasty. We also got to taste Manuka honey and it was delicious. Day filled with new experiences and a great guide.
Written 14 February 2020
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Lea
4 contributions
Fun day!
Feb 2020
This was a fun, informative visit to a Maori Living Village to experience the deep history of a proud native culture. We experienced their way of life and viewed the geysers and sulfur pits and how they use them to cook and take baths. We also stopped at a honey store, a waterfall and kiwi farms. The ride to and from was comfortable and the view of anyplace in New Zealand is just beautiful!
I recommend this tour!
Written 9 February 2020
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Darryl
Napier, New Zealand1 contribution
Zealandier Tours
Jan 2020
My name is Darryl. I am a local (resident of Napier Hawkes Bay).
I have family living at Papamoa Beach. In fact one of my cousins (Jan C) is a tour guide for Zealandier Tours.
I did one of the Zealandier Tours while on holiday in the bay. I was so impressed! I truly believe all New Zealanders should do one or more of these tours.
Personally I learnt so much more about this local area in my own country.

I was fortunate to meet with Jan Davies – Director of Zealandier Tours, along with some of the other tour guides.
This was an experience in itself.
Wow – what a passionate team of professionals. Clearly lead and directed from the top.
I observed the entire process:
• Initial bookings
• Collecting passengers (pax) from Tauranga Port
• Listening to introductions and discussions from Jan D, then from the tour guides
• Enjoying the well informed, interactive journey (a fun, full packed day)
• The interactions between guests and the tour guides
• Listening and joining in conversation with the guests/passengers
• Enjoyed the happy faces of all guests/passengers
• Sincere farewells at the end of the journey

I am so proud to be a ‘KIWI’ (New Zealander).

Jan it is pretty clear you run a ‘tight ship’ (forgive the pun).

Zealandier Tours IS our/your New Zealand Tour Specialist!
A well run professional business with a passionate caring team.

Thank you once again Jan Davies.
Written 25 January 2020
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John L
Spearfish, SD100 contributions
Informative Bus Tour
Rotorua is an hour plus from Touranga, no way to avoid the two plus hours back and forth on a bus. Our driver/tour guide Steve provided a continual commentary during the tour and took and answered questions about all facets of life in New Zealand.
The first stop at a Manuka Honey manufacturer was fine. Tasted honey and they had nice restrooms.
Second stop at a waterfall was pretty.
Stop three at Whakarewarewarea for lunch was good, I expected to see pricey menu but was pleasantly surprised. After lunch the tour of Whakarewarewarea was quite informative and Bob our local guide did a great job of explaining his life growing up in the village. The geysers and pools were active, the steam vent cookery was good and tasty. The requisite cultural show was just the right length. A great value when compared to the overpriced ship tours doing exactly the same things.
Written 30 December 2019
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Andy B
Manchester, UK147 contributions
Excellent Tour
Dec 2019
Our second Zealandier Tour from our cruise ship. Our guide Jan C was brilliant, loads of local information, kept us to schedule and took us to a lovely cafe for lunch. The trip to the Kiwi Farm and the rapids were spot on too. The living Maori village and Hot springs were the main reason for us booking and we were not disappointed. The Maori guide was brilliant and seeing the thermal springs and understanding how they have been used for hundreds of years was well worth the trip. The traditional Maori show was beautiful.
Written 2 December 2019
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Serviceprof
Lexington, SC1,298 contributions
A day well spent!
A 8 hour excursion well managed by guide Stephen. He continuously kept us informed of the sights along the route and at various sites. Visited a Maori village, honey plant, fig farm and a waterfall. Maori stop was educational. Well worth the tour price. Van only holds 15 people and therefore very comfortable.
Written 2 December 2019
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NauticalDreamer3010
Buddina, Australia581 contributions
Busy but interesting tour
Oct 2019
We did this tour while visiting Tauranga on a cruise ship. It was a good way to get a feel for this part of New Zealand and its indigenous culture.

There. were about 10 of us on a small but comfortable bus. It was also a bit wet so taking in the scenery from the bus was a pleasant and relaxing way to do it.

Rotourua itself was interesting. we first had lunch (at ow own expense)at a delightful little cafe which apart from having good food and friendly service also had free wifi and clean bathrooms. We then spent a couple of hours at the Maori village which included a dancing show.

There were just a couple of minor aspects of the tour which took the edge off the day for most of us on the tour. Firstly, the tour guide who was admittedly very informative didn't stop talking for the entire journey. After about 5 hours we all needed a break but despite our joking groans he talked on regardless. He also over did the anti Aussie jokes which quickly became boring to even the Americans on the tour. But the really annoying thing was when we were about to leave Rotorua to head back to the ship (we were all keen to get back by this stage) we took a 20 minute back tracking trip so that just one passenger could get a photo of a bird. The polite but serious protests by everyone else on the bus were ignored by our chatty tour guide.

Despite these hiccups we had a good day and would recommend the tour to others. Our only suggestion would be to bring a set of ear plugs so that you can tune out when you need a break, and you will need one!!
Written 25 November 2019
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Mark C
St. Paul1 contribution
Great guide, enjoyable excursion
Nov 2019
I was very impressed with our guide and with the overall experience, but I don't have anything original to add. As noted in other reviews, there was ample time to enjoy the stops, the group was reasonably sized ( I believe we had 17 in our group) and we got back to the ship with time to spare. Every stop was enjoyable and the scenery at times was stunning.
Written 13 November 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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better than any ship tour as they combined both popular tourist sites in one day
They were there at the ship and easy to find .. they were fun and friendly always mindful of the time so that we we
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Exceptional Service & Tour
This tour was the highlight of our trip. Zealandier Tours were fantastic from start to finish. We booked this tou
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An enjoyable & interesting excursion
Had a fantastic time. Comfortable coach journey with the added extra of a goody bag left on our seats. Special
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Amazing tour from start to finish
Shona our tour guide was awesome,she told us about so many things of Tauranga & surroundings all the way through to
Paul Z
Paul Z
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This tour basically for fans of the books/movies
Took a tour to the Hobbiton Movie Set while visiting this part of New Zealand, It's located at least an hour away
ferdyEngland
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Hobbiton
We booked directly via the website for this tour which was a bit cheaper than going through the ship . I would high
ChristineLD
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Lovely Waterfall
Thanks Steve for a great trip around Tauranga. We really enjoyed our ice cream too. It was very easy to find the to
Niec
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Plenty of sights
We were picked up outside the port as we came off a cruise. There was much to see, MtMaunganui area on route,stoppe
daniela1234224
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Really enjoyable visit to Hobbiton Movie Set!
Comfy bus & really friendly driver picked us up just outside Tauranga Port. Drove us to McLaren Falls on the way to
bdmcd2017
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An all-day tour.
Yes, it was in excess of 8 hours, but it included everything we wanted to see in this area of New Zealand. Nick wa
110daleh
110daleh
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Absolute rip off - driver was on day release from age care facility
Our ships itinerary was changed last minute from Sth Pacific Island to Tauranga. We were excited to spend the day s
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Hobbiton
My husband and I visited Hobbiton with Zealander Tours. Our tour guide was Sharron and she was AMAZING! It was abso
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Great shore excursion!
Great shore excursion! Less expensive than the cruise ship but appeared to be the exact same tour (as observed by
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