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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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Tour snapshot
See Rotorua highlights like Whakarewarewa, the Pohutu Geyser, and Okere Falls
Duration:
7h 30m
Group size:
19
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
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
Highlights
  • 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
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
  • 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
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 6050PRTTRGRTFD
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
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
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
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
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
  • You'll return to the starting point
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Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.

4.0
21 reviews
Excellent
11
Very good
7
Average
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Terrible
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Karen in La
Sydney, Australia75 contributions
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
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

rerp
Kibworth Beauchamp, UK290 contributions
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
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Darryl
Napier, New Zealand1 contribution
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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Jacinda N
Melbourne, Australia3 contributions
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. It was after this that everything was appalling. We were told to wait in a room for nearly two hours as our guide was coming in 5mins multiple times! Obviously this never happened and after numerous complaints and a poor attempt to carry out the tour himself. We were finally given a tour by the park professionals. It was too little too late as we then didn’t have time to see the large mud pools as we needed to return to the cruise ship. Yes most of our group were arrogant, rude and loud. But for those of us that weren’t it was very upsetting to have nothing for the money we forked out. We wish we had never gone in this tour. Worst experience in our lives! Would not recommend.
Written 22 February 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
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 account or a website.
Written 3 December 2018
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Lynn H
Marquette, MI7 contributions
Mar 2018 • Friends
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 something similar on the Princess cruise ship. There wasn't any time to visit shops in the village. Lunch was in a mall food court. Enjoyed our stop at Whakarewrewa to see and hug the redwoods!!
Written 27 March 2018
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Amanda M
Brisbane, Australia63 contributions
Dec 2017
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 culture. Lunch was average as it was one the location that most of the tour groups seem to use so we were one of a few group booking on the day. Generous servings but quality more like a take-away with most of the food being pre-made to cater for the numbers.
Friendly tour guide who kept us on time without rushing and ensured that we were back at the cruise pickup site in plenty of time to get back to our ship.
Written 26 February 2018
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janj11-02
Barnstaple, UK32 contributions
Feb 2018 • Couples
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 of New Zealand. The tour was exactly as described. Timing was excellent and Rotarua was fascinating. I would highly recommend both the your and the company.
Written 16 February 2018
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Rosemarie C
11 contributions
Dec 2017 • Couples
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 beautiful beach. Wasn't that keen on the honey farm . The kiwi fruit farm was ok. Our guide was wonderful. Make sure you take a bit of Vicks with you for when you arrive at Rotorua it really stinks .
Written 16 March 2018
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Clydesdale1957
Browns Valley, MN20 contributions
Apr 2019 • Couples
Although the description specifically states this tour is wheelchair accessible, it is not. My bride is a paraplegic and confined to her power chair. When we arrived for the tour, the operator advised their idea of wheelchair accessible means an ambulatory client who has a fold up wheelchair. This left my poor wife in silent tears as she was being left out. Our only option ended up being to pay for a wheelchair accessible taxi and spending over five times as much. Truly a financial disappointment.

Operator advised us to apply for a refund through Viator - which takes an act of god and lots of patience.
Written 16 April 2019
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Jan D
Dear Mike & Judy, I am deeply sorry that we couyld not accomdate you on the day of the tour but I respectfully suggest that given your circumstances leaving your booking request until 10pm of the night prior to the tour was not the wisest thing to do and sadly you did not put in the special notes area that you had a wheelchair or a electiric wheelchair which requires its own special vehcile type -i.e.- an electric hoist. Had you placed your booking in advance and mentioned these facts we certainly could have supplied the correct vehicle for your brides needs. In the future to save yourself this type of disapointment and grief anywhere in New Zealand I strongly recomend some forward notice with some details. You observed me trying to find a tour operator on the day who had a vehicle with a hoist which was to no avail. I was delighted to see you at the attraction of the tour you booked - as it meant the tour itinerary and attraction was wheelchair friendly. I will be removing the connotation from this tour that it is wheelchair friedly so nobody else suffers the same dispointment you have. Regards Jan
Written 21 April 2019
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Ehab1
1 contribution
The whole family enjoyed the tour
Jan C the tour guide was awesome , I liked her passion, very informative , nice and taking care of all the details making sure that every one enjoying his day.
She even noticed the that we don’t hold coins so She handed a coin to my little one to through in the lake of waka village.

Written 23 January 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
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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Jennifer was a fantastic guide full of information, she went out of her way to make sure we saw everything and enjo
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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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