Shore Excursion: Rotorua Cultural and Geothermal Experience from Tauranga
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.
- Quality transportation
- Local taxes
- Personal expenses
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Children must be accompanied by an adult
Had an amazing day at Rotorua with our guide Paul who was very knowledgeable. On the way there we visited a kiwi farm which was very interesting. At Rotorua the mud pools and geysers were spectacular and we thoroughly enjoyed the visit to the workshops together with the Maori culture show. Unfortunately there was insufficient time to look round the excellent gift shop. All in all a great day out.
Lack of topical local read tourism information. Poor pre tour information, particularly regarding meeting times. Not value for money Steve, South Australia
Excellent guide and very enjoyable tour but admin was poor with no pick up time and the wrong pick up time for some other passengers. Value fro money
This was a fantastic tour. Our tour guide was knowledgeable, very friendly, took us to more places than were listed and because of his contacts at each attraction we didn't have to queue.
Enjoyed this tour and Sandy our guide and host was around early in the morning outside the port gates to greet us. There was about 12 of us in a mini bus and it was comfortable. The drive to Tauranga is over an hour, sometimes over beautiful countryside. Brian is very informative and has a witty and cheeky sense of humour - all good on a long journey. At Rotorua we not only get to see the famed thermal springs and walk through the park area, we take in an Indigenous show of dance, songs and performances from the local Maori landowners. Very interesting! Lunch at the lake was standard cafe fare. On the way back we stopped at one of the large Kiwifruit farms and the ice cream was heavenly and free! Well no so as we were told on leaving the farm that the staff mistook us for another tour that had ice-cream tasting included but not ours. Sandy like a good driver made haste to the ship! On the way back Sandy took the scenic coastal strip where elegant homes lined the shores, the magnificent beaches with rolling surf no doubt the main attractions.