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About Cruise Tauranga
Cruise Tauranga offers day tours from the Port of Tauranga to Rotorua so you can absorb New Zealand’s rich culture, see the spectacular Geysers and mud pools, explore The Lord of the Rings movie set in Hobbiton, or travel by jet boat to a wildlife sanctuary. Wanting to customise your own adventure? Let us know, we can help tailor a tour for you or a group of any size. Cruise Tauranga offers award winning tours for cruise ship passengers visiting the Port of Tauranga. All of Cruise Tauranga's guides are passionate and are required to meet stringent standards ensuring that your shore excursion tour from the Port of Tauranga is not only safe but is exceptional. Cruise Tauranga’s fleet of vehicles are all of a high standard, air conditioned, safe and very comfortable. Our shore excursions to Rotorua and/or Hobbiton, New Zealand, are great fun, great value and a great way to see some of New Zealand’s most popular destinations. Travel with us and we will give you an exception tour and will guarantee* to get you back to the Port of Tauranga on time to board your ship.
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Shore Excursion: Rotorua and Te Puia including Maori Cultural Show from Tauranga

While your cruise ship awaits in Tauranga, take a small-group shore excursion to Te Puia and Rotorua, stopping en route at Kiwi 360 and Okere Falls. A professional guide transfers you by minibus to Te Whakarewarewa Geothermal Valley, home to Pohutu Geyser. Walk by the bubbling mud pools and watch a Maori cultural show of traditional carving and weaving. Then set out for the sights of Rotorua and finish with a visit to Hamurana Spring. Numbers are limited to 16 people for a personalized experience.
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7 hours 30 minutes
from US$118.06

Hobbiton Movie Set and the Geysers of Te Puia, Rotorua

Visit two of the North Island’s top attractions in one day with this tour to the Hobbiton movie set and the geysers of Te Puia and Rotorua. Take a 2-hour guided tour of Hobbiton that includes plenty of ‘Lord of the Rings’ trivia. Then see Pohutu Geyser and other geothermal wonders in Te Puia Whakarewarewa Valley. You’ll also hear commentary about Maori culture, and view lots of stunning scenery.
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8 hours
from US$188.90

Shore Excursion Port Tauranga to Rotorua

Plenty of shore excursions from the Port of Tauranga run to a preset timetable of activities all over the Bay of Plenty. Save yourself the stress of strict meeting times and stops you don’t want to visit with this private shuttle service that will take you wherever you and your group want to go, no questions asked. Choose from a range of Rotorua and Bay of Plenty highlights; if you need help building a schedule that suits your interests, get help from your guide and tailor.
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7 to 8 hours
from US$944.46

WaioTapu, Pohutu Geyser and the Maori Geothermal village -Rotorua

Geothermal Highlights Tour

If you have been to Rotorua before, or have seen geysers in Yellowstone or Iceland and want something slightly different, then this is a tour worth considering.

Wai-o-Tapu (meaning Sacred Waters) is very different to all the other geothermal fields in New Zealand. Dissolved minerals have created spectacularly coloured pools and long silica terraces.

Whakarewrewa Maori Geothermal Village This little village is unique in the World. The ancestors of the families that still live here, moved to this area after the 1886 eruption of nearby Mount Tarawera. Their houses are located in an amazing geothermal field of boiling bubbling pools which they use for cooking, heating and bathing.
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7 to 8 hours
from US$147.34
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Bob H wrote a review Apr 2020
Mississauga, Canada17,180 contributions231 helpful votes
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My wife and I were on a tour and visited the various locations. The Glow-worm caves and Pohutu Geyser were very impressive as were the Hot Springs.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Response from SimonCruiseTauranga, Manager at Cruise Tauranga
Responded 30 Apr 2020
Hello Bob and thanks for the review. It seems you had a 'good' day, but not an 'excellent' one. I am wondering which day you toured with us as we do not go to the 'Glow-worm' caves. Did you travel with Cruise Tours Tauranga which is a different company? Safe travels. Simon
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Carol C wrote a review Mar 2020
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We had a wonderful day with Guy as our guide. He was very knowledgeable about Kiwi farming, the Maori cultural area and Te Puia. He knew the geyser so well and timed our arrival in our walk around the park for its' eruption. The walk to see the Falls was refreshing and just the right amount of walking. The Maori Culture show was enjoyable and we got to see where the students learn their craft and about their culture. A perfect day and one of our best tours we booked before we left.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Response from SimonCruiseTauranga, Manager at Cruise Tauranga
Responded 23 Mar 2020
Many thanks for the review. Getting feedback at the moment has added importance and lifts our spirits! Travel safe. Simon
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Sherri S wrote a review Mar 2020
Cabin John, Maryland9 contributions9 helpful votes
Friends of ours took a cruise in New Zealand several years ago and, since we were doing the same cruise along with 3 other couples, they recommended that we contact Learning Journeys/Cruise Tauranga for a private tour. It turned out to be a wonderful recommendation. Booking was very easy and Simon provided good options to chose from, gave us good information and promptly answered our questions. Michele was our tour guide and she was excellent. We did the Geothermal Highlights Tour where we visited a Maori Village in a geothermal area, enjoyed a Maori cultural show that included students in the audience performing the Haka, went to the geothermal fields, visited Okere Falls and ended with kiwi ice cream at the Kiwi Fruit Country. Michele was a wealth of knowledge and we learned so much from her about the area, the geothermal activity, plants, Maori culture, and so much more. Thank you Michele for a wonderful day!
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Response from SimonCruiseTauranga, Manager at Cruise Tauranga
Responded 8 Mar 2020
Hi Sherri, Thanks for the feedback and we are so pleased you enjoyed your day. That tour is one of my personal favourites! Safe travels and thanks again. Simon
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Jean L wrote a review Feb 2020
Los Angeles, California37 contributions7 helpful votes
We were picked up by Baez who was a wonderful tour guide. He took us to the Kiwi farm where we tasted products made from kiwis, and we saw the vines grown on stakes bearing lots of kiwi fruit. After that we went to the Okera waterfalls as we saw the rafts come down the falls, what fun. The next stop was to Rotorua where we had lunch and saw the Maori cultural show and the Pohutu geyser. On our way back, our tour guide, Baez, was very nice and took us to a place known for their fish and chips before taking us back to the ship.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Response from SimonCruiseTauranga, Manager at Cruise Tauranga
Responded 24 Feb 2020
Great to hear you has such a good day. The 'Fish and Chip' shop Baz took to is probably the best in the area with fish fresh and straight off the boat. Thanks for the review and safe travels. Simon
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subeem wrote a review Feb 2020
nyc86 contributions75 helpful votes
Simon was our guide/driver. We couldn't have been more pleased ! Simon gave wonderful descriptions/commentary on our drive as well as at our touring locations. He is easy to understand and has a great store of knowledge as well as the ability to present it in a clear and concise manner. The stops were beautiful visually and of great interest to us. He gave us time at each location to take photos and did not rush us. We were 13 people which was small enough to make this tour personal compared to the "ship sponsored tours" which are generally 40+ people. We would highly recommend this alternative to a large tour group.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Response from SimonCruiseTauranga, Manager at Cruise Tauranga
Responded 14 Feb 2020
It is always so pleasing when somebody takes the time to do a review and obviously had such a great day! It was a pleasure being your guide. Safe 'cruising' in the future. Simon
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