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Shore Excursion: Rotorua Cultural and Geothermal Experience from Tauranga

  • Full-day Rotorua shore excursion
  • Visit the Maori cultural center at Te Puia
  • Stroll past bubbling mud pools and steam vents in Te Whakarewarewa Geothermal Valley
Shore Excursion: Rotorua Cultural and Geothermal Experience from Tauranga
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Shore Excursion: Rotorua Cultural and Geothermal Experience from Tauranga
When your ship pulls into port in Tauranga, explore Rotorua on a guided shore excursion. Your full-day itinerary includes a welcome concert at the New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute at Te Puia, where you’ll explore the extensive geothermal grounds, see a flax-weaving demonstration, and visit the nocturnal Kiwi House. Then tour Rotorua highlights such as the Government Gardens and stop at Okere Falls and Kiwi 360 for tastings.
What to Expect
On leaving port you head to Rotorua via Pyes Pa Rd, which was originally a walking track by Maori to and from the coast to Rotorua, this is now a popular highway. On our way you pass some beautiful scenery and take a stop where Mt Tarawera can be pointed out and the destruction by its eruption which caused the Buried Village.

As you arrive into Rotorua a description of its history is given before arriving to our main destination Te Puia, the Maori Cultural Center. From our arrival, clients are given a personalized tour of the old pa site, through the thermal grounds (of boiling mud and geysers), and shown the wood-carving school, flax weaving & the kiwi bird. This is followed by a Maori Welcome onto the marae, before entering a meeting house for a performance by a Maori concert party. After our 2 hours at Te Puia you head for lunch (your own expense) at a small cafe on the lake front.

After lunch, you watch the lake activities before going on to the Government Gardens. The main attractions referred to are: The Rosegardens, The old Bath House (now the Rotorua Museum), The Blue Baths, The Princes Gate Hotel, The Polynesian Spa & Sulphur Point. You then travel past the Redwood Forest, explaining how it came about.

Owing to sailing times, it is normally time to head back to Tauranga, you return by a different route to give an overview of the region.

En route for Tauranga, clients are given the story of the kiwifruit – from how it is grown, picked, pruned, made into a variety of by-products and exported. You stop briefly to view a kiwifruit orchard, Kiwifruit Country, then travel back stopping at beautiful Mt Maunganui waterfront and beach.

If necessary you may reverse the order of the tour to fit in with booking times at Te Puia.

Worry-free Shore Excursion:  Supplier will ensure your timely return to the Tauranga port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, the supplier 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.
Reviews (73)
1 - 5 of 8 reviews
Reviewed 3 May 2018
Great tour with an excellent guide

This tour was one of the highlights of our New Zealand Cruise and the credit has to go to Bronwyn. our excellent guide. She did a great job guiding us to the essential highlights and efficiently using our time. The sights (Kiwis, Thermal Areas, Maori...More

Thank Chiguy064
tgatastingtours, Owner at Tauranga Tasting Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 June 2018

We're so glad you enjoyed your day with Bronwyn, who not only knows her info & is an extremely capable driver, but has a great sense of humour! We're pleased that the sights & insights met your expectations.

Reviewed 25 March 2018
A Tour to Remember

We booked this tour for early March when our ship was to be in Taraunga however because of a cyclone we never made it. Since we were back in Taraunga, Paul and Lyn happily accommodated us to join another tour today instead. The trip was...More

Thank tw0le0s
tgatastingtours, Owner at Tauranga Tasting Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 April 2018

We were more than happy to re-schedule your tour & are glad it lived up to your expectations. Paul thoroughly enjoyed your company & we hope you come this way again!

Reviewed 20 March 2018
This was an interesting display of Maori culture

We were on a cruise, but booked this tour independently. It was interesting with demonstrations of dance and culture of these native peoples.

Thank DarylCr
Reviewed 3 March 2018 via mobile
A Great Tour

There were just the two of us on this tour as no cruise ships were in port. Paul picked us up from our hotel. He is an excellent guide, a very good driver, provided a wealth of information and anecdotes and never gave us the...More

Thank Anne and Andrew M
tgatastingtours, Owner at Tauranga Tasting Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 4 March 2018

Paul said it was an absolute pleasure to be with you. He thoroughly enjoyed the day - and your company. We hope your upcoming cruise is a great experience!

Reviewed 26 February 2018
Not how it appears

Muddled & hurried from the start. Group were given 2 start times. Driver Jenny failed to deliver enough detail & points of interest about area. Felt rushed through whole tour as punishment for our late arrival. Rushed into Cultural Centre then group not kept together...More

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tgatastingtours, Owner at Tauranga Tasting Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 March 2018

Unfortunately, though Viator clients are asked to verify their booking by 'phone, they rarely do so, as was the case with most of the clients on the 3 busloads taken on the day in question. When clients verify with us,, their pick-up time is reiterated....More

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