Adventure and Cultural Tours Bay of Plenty

Adventure and Cultural Tours Bay of Plenty

Adventure and Cultural Tours Bay of Plenty
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Monday
8:30 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Adventure, Thrills & Spills and cultural interactions for the family or those living on the edge travelers. We provide quality and affordable tours for cruise ship passengers, back packers and anyone keen to experience New Zealand. Our tours start from Tauranga and Mount Maunganui. Taking you on a real adventure whether it be local attractions like Hobbiton or to new heights with our 15,000ft sky dive over Taupo Lake. Adventure and Cultural Tours Bay of Plenty are a licensed transport service who provide a quality experience taking you to some of the best spots in the Bay of Plenty region. Join us for your next trip!
Tauranga, New Zealand

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Denice
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Stephen provided transport to and from Hobbiton from the cruise terminal. It was a great day, and he was very organised and professional. He was knowledgeable and checked in on us to ensure we were having a good time. After our Hobbiton visit we went to the waterfall and enjoyed a tour of the city, returning to the cruise ship tired but happy. He also provided bottled water and snacks.
Written 24 January 2024
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sailaway33
Wrexham8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
We had an amazing day with Stephen, our guide, on this shore excursion from Tauranga. He picked us up from our cruise ship at the port at around 9am and took us on a comfortable mini bus with free wifi to Rotorua and its surroundings. He was very knowledgeable and friendly, and gave us plenty of information and tips along the way.

We stopped at the beach and a couple of lake viewpoints on the way to Whakarewarewa Forest, where we enjoyed a walk among the giant redwoods and some lovely snacks, including some home made brownies. The forest was beautiful and peaceful.

We then drove to Te Puia, where we had an amazing time looking at the geysers, the geothermal activity and learning about Maori culture and their crafts at the college they have there on site. We also had the chance to see the Kiwi birds, which are so cute and rare. Lunch was provided here, and it was very good. We had a choice of dishes from a hot buffet and it was all very good.

We then had a lovely detour to the quiet Lake Okareka for a nice stop. The lake was stunning and serene, and we took some great photos. From there we had a stop at the Government Gardens, which are very well maintained and have some interesting buildings and statues. We also visited the natural hot springs to soak our feet, which was very relaxing and soothing.

On our way back we stopped at a kiwi plantation, where we discovered the history and cultivation of this iconic fruit. Sadly, we couldn’t taste any of the fresh produce, due to a miscommunication from getyourguide. However, this minor setback didn’t spoil our enjoyment of the tour. Stephen compensated for it by surprising us with many extra little stops along the way that were not even on the itinerary (and we lost count of them all as there was so much to see and do).

We then returned to the cruise ship in plenty of time, feeling very satisfied and happy with our day.

This was the best tour we had in our whole time in New Zealand. It was a busy but relaxing day, full of natural wonders, cultural insights and fun experiences. Stephen was an excellent guide, who accommodated our needs and preferences, and made us feel very welcome. We highly recommend this shore excursion to anyone who wants to see the best of Rotorua and Maori Village in one day. Thanks so much to Stephen for making this day unforgettable!

We did this tour on Dec 5th 2022.
Written 17 May 2023
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Nadine137
Preston, UK63 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Solo
What an excellent day out professionally narrated by Stephen, the guide and owner.
A brilliant itinerary provided in a modern minibus with Wi-Fi, snacks and anything else you could think of.
The visit to the Maori village and geysers was absolutely amazing, plus the buffet lunch was a nice touch.
Felt I knew more about the area by the end of the day including history and the culture.
100% recommend this company if you are in the area, professional and friendly what more could you wish for
Written 14 March 2023
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Gary K
Jacksonville, United States3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
Exceptional communication and service provided to us for many days and weeks in advance of our planned tour to Hobbiton. Stephen was always in immediate contact via email, phone, and texts. He responded very quickly. His perosnal approach to giving exceptional customer service and experience, is outstanding in every way.
We had to plan around our cruise ship excursion as they cancelled it on us for unknown reasons, We booked with Stephen based on all the previous comments and reviews we read. Unfortunately, on the day we were to arrive in port, the Tuaranga Port closed due to rough seas, and the ship stayed out to sea that day, and headed to Auckland.
None of this was anyone's fault, but Stephen stayed in touch, and had a refund processed for us promptly. I am sorry to have missed our adventure, and the opportunity to meet Stephen and his family. I would book with him in a heart beat if I had the chance to make it back to Tauranga again.
Written 2 February 2023
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Allen R
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
Stephen did a great job on our Hobbiton Tour. He runs his own business and he takes his hospitality seriously. He was so kind and welcoming. You're going to learn a lot about New Zealand on the tour. He took a couple pictures with my camera with me and my wife at spots I asked. He had free quality snacks and a really comfortable van. I told Steve I was going to write this review. It's almost a month later and I'm living up to my word.
Written 29 December 2022
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Y9431NAsue
Brisbane, Australia7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
Our group had the best day with Stephen as he picked us from our cruise ship in his immaculate bus equipped with free wifi, snacks and cold water - very nice touch! Along the way, he updated us with the best of Kiwi knowledge and accommodated our limited time in his beautiful city by choosing the best options for us to do. The lunch was fabulous as we felt refreshed and hungry from our relaxing time in the spa/hot tubs before heading to look at the geysers and take plenty of photos. Stephen is clearly passionate about showing visitors the best of his world and we loved his professionalism and friendliness. At all times, he was the epitome of the perfect host. Well done on creating a business that truly looks after its clients :)
Written 26 December 2022
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David G
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
Our port time in Tauranga was limited as we could not alight our ship until 10:30am and had to be back on board by 5:00pm.
From our initial contact Stephen kept us appraised on what to expect and how long our travel times would be. Prior to departing for Rotorua Stephen gave us a tour and great commentary on Tauranga before heading down the highway to the Polynesian Spa. We had a good hour in the geothermal springs before heading over toTe Puia Maori Village for an excellent buffet lunch and a tour of the geysers. Given our lack of time in port we did cut this section short.
Stephen did get us back to our ship with 15 minutes to spare.
If you are cruising to Tauranga then I would definitely recommend Stephens company. He gives an excellent commentary and customer service with the best vehicle in Tauranga ( Snacks, cold water and wifi included)
Written 26 December 2022
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1208BrianC
Sunshine Coast, Australia51 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
Stephen was a fabulous guide who went out of his way to make our tour an excellent experience for all on board. His knowledge was exceptional due to having previously worked at the movie set and farm. Even though the day was rainy we had a thoroughly enjoyable day and learnt a great deal about the Lord of the Rings movie set.would highly recommend to any traveler and can’t thank Stephen enough.
Written 4 November 2022
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janpunshon
Hoi An, Vietnam6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
I cannot recommend highly enough this trip with Stephen. He is a great tour guide. We did the Hobbiton Tour, and even though it rained all day, it did not spoil our day at all. Stephen was full of interesting information about Hobbiton & Tauranga. Not only was Stephen a great tour guide, he went above and beyond in helping us when my Husband left his mobile phone on the tour bus when we returned back to our cruise ship. Stephen turned around and drove back to ensure we got the mobile phone back.
If you are thinking of doing any tours in the Bay of Plenty, look up this great company and Stephen Appleton you will not be disappointed.
Written 3 November 2022
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Sam Welsh
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Solo
This was a definite highlight of my trip. Stephen was by far the best tour guide I had witnessed in my two months of visiting New Zealand. He was funny, professional and very knowledgeable about the various areas that we visited. Visiting Hobbiton was definitely a fun part of the trip, but in all honesty Stephen made the short stops along the way some of the best parts of the whole thing. Cannot recommend this company enough, an absolute gem.
Written 18 March 2020
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