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Tauranga Shore Excursion: Private Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland and Whakarewarewa Maori Cultural Village provided by Zealandier Tours

Tauranga Shore Excursion: Private Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland and Whakarewarewa Maori Cultural Village

Tauranga Shore Excursion: Private Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland and Whakarewarewa Maori Cultural Village
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from $442.50 per adult (price varies by group size)
Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
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  • Duration: 8h
  • 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: 8h
  • 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.
What to expect
Meet your private guide at pickup once your cruise ship pulls into port in Tauranga, and relax during the 1.5-hour scenic drive to the Wai-O-Tapu thermal wonderland of Rotorua, home to some of New Zealand's most stunning volcanic features. You can choose among several well-defined 30- to 75-minute walking tracks that wind over uneven terrain past bubbling springs of vibrant hues ranging from turquoise to olive-green. See the Mud Pool at the site of a former mud volcano and stroll by the mineral-rich waters of the Champagne Pool. Don’t miss the daily eruption of the Lady Knox Geyser, which ejects hot water up to heights of 33 to 66 feet (10 to 20 meters) from its conical white mound. Continue on by private vehicle to Whakarewarewa, the living Maori village. Learn about Maori customs and traditions on a guided tour, including how the hot springs and steaming vents have been used for centuries to cook food. Watch for Pohutu Geyser, which spurts 100 feet (30 meters) into the air up to 20 times a day. You'll have plenty of time for photo ops and a lunch break (own expense) before your full-day shore excursion ends with a return to your cruise ship at the Port of Tauranga. 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: 6050PRTTRGWWFDT
Call +1 855 275 5071
Important information
Inclusions
Port pickup and drop-off • Driver/guide • Covered by Viator's worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship • Entry/Admission - Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village • Entry/Admission - Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Exclusions
Food and drinks • Gratuities
Duration
8h
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
Port pickup and drop-off • Driver/guide • Covered by Viator's worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship • Entry/Admission - Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village • Entry/Admission - Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Exclusions
Food and drinks • 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
8h
Additional information
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Due to uneven surfaces, this tour is not suitable for those with walking disabilities or using a wheelchair
Please wear comfortable clothing and walking shoes
Please bring sun protection and a light jacket for cooler weather
Pricing is per group
Max 5 per group
Not wheelchair accessible
Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Itinerary
  • You'll get picked up
    See Important Information for details
  • 1
    Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village
    Stop: 2 hours - Admission included
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  • 2
    Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
    Stop: 2 hours - Admission included
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Carole J
Lincoln, CA29 contributions
The best tour ever!
Feb 2020
We just took this trip last week (early February, 2020) and there were 6 of us. Les was our tour guide - he did a wonderful job showing us all of the amazing sites in Tauranga as well as the beautiful drive to a KIWI farm and the Rotura Thermal property - which was an amazing experience for us all. He's a safe driver and was very informative, having lived in the area for so long. Our van was well equipped and very comfortable. We met the owner, Jan, and have nothing but praise for her, her company and for Les. We will definitely book with Zealandier Tours the next time we visit anywhere in New Zealand! Thank you both!
Written 6 February 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

calliecat56
Missouri75 contributions
What a great day!
Jan 2019
We got off the Majestic Princess and met up with Nick, our tour guide for the entire day. I chose to book independently from Princess to give a more personalized tour and that's exactly what we got. There was just the three of us and Nick. What an absolute gem of a person. Very knowledgeable and a good conversationalist. He would stay with us and point out different things at each stop. I don't know which stop I enjoyed more, possibly the Maori Cultural Village and the Maori children swimming in the water asking us to throw them a coin to catch. It could also have been the Kiwi Orchard stop where we got to see how kiwi grew, tasted different kiwi products and ate kiwi ice cream. And we can't forget the stop at Wai-O-Tapu. Also, the prices at the store were as good or better than any other place if you wanted to pick up a souvenir. Excellent tour. Comfortable van and if you get Nick....consider yourself lucky!
Written 10 February 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Ella K
Adelaide11 contributions
Thoughtfully offering customer experiences and sights.
Nov 2018 • Friends
Totally happy that I chose this company for our day tour, when our cruise ship stopped in Tauranga. Had perused different groups and offerings on the 'net months earlier, and concluded that these people offered much of what we wanted to see at a reasonable price. Not disappointed at all. I had emailed and queried if my mobility challenged mum of 90 yrs would be able to cope, & was reassured they'd look after her. Our down to earth and knowledgeable driver had brought a wheelchair on the bus and without fuss she was able to experience the Maori Village, Thermal Springs & dynamic fabulous concert, over uneven ground. We sampled delicious kiwi fruit icecream at a lovely orchard also, and admired the rapids where white water rafting happens, passing by gorgeous scenery and stopped at a lovely lunching place. The day was great - well thought out for day groups, with a friendly helpful driver and a very comfortable coach. Having been disappointed by the ship's excursions, I can strongly recommend Zealandier Tours based on my own experiences. Forgot to mention the historic aspects of which our driver had sound knowledge. A wonderful day with good memories!
Written 5 December 2018
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Frequent traveler
Upper Gwynedd99 contributions
Zealandier Tours - A First Class Company
Dec 2017 • Couples
I am an experienced restaurant reviewer for TA. I believe that I have developed a reputation for saying it like it is or, at least, as I see it. Now in the middle of my dream trip-a cruise from Auckland NZ to Sydney AU- I am hoping to give honest, reliable travel information to readers of TA. Forgive the double entendre of sorts! Making plans with an unknown company half way around the world can be dangerous. After all, one is giving credit card information to a complete stranger with the hope that a long awaited tour of a distant port will materialize at all. Where do we go when we disembark? Who will meet us? Will the tour live up to the description? Whom do we contact if there’s a problem? These are the questions that I-with the need to be in control-had. To be up front, I probably wouldn’t have any concerns if I booked with the cruise line((Oceania), but the cost of their excursions were astronomical compared to those I could book on my own. HAVE NO WORRIES WITH ZEALANDIER TOURS! I found them to be reputable in all regards. For the most part, their tours are identical to those of the ship and at a fraction of the price. The tour groups were small and the guides personable and extremely knowledgeable locals. We even liked hearing about their families. Robin was our guide on this tour. A delightful man. When one of the passengers asked if we were planning on visiting a kiwi fruit orchard, he made sure it happened even though it was not on the itinerary. Another tour in Napier was equally as good. We even got a discount because of an unexpected change. When heavy winds prevented our ship from entering still another port, Sharee, who promptly answered several of my questions in previous emails, ensured that I received full credit for the cancelled excursion. Kudos!
Written 14 December 2017
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
About the operator

This experience only has a few reviews, but you can read what other travellers have to say about the operator.

By: Zealandier Tours
Sabrina D
Sabrina D
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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
sheree59
sheree59
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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
karenbN4605TW
karenbN4605TW
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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
evelynf686
evelynf686
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Waitomo Glow-worm Caves Experience
Our guide Jennifer with Zealandier tours was fantastic. We stopped at the Kiwi bird house before going to the Glow-
jennifergH2008ZG
jennifergH2008ZG
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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
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
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
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
rerp
rerp
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A full day, but covered everything worth seeing
Arrived on a Cruise Ship (Arcadia) and covered similar items to those covered by the cruise ship's own tour but in
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
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
114neiln
114neiln
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Tauranga Shore Excursion Lord of the Rings Hobbiton Movie set tour
Jennifer was a fantastic guide full of information, she went out of her way to make sure we saw everything and enjo
W5359QAdebrad
W5359QAdebrad
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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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