Tauranga Shore Excursion: Rotorua Geothermal Wonders
This is a typical itinerary for this product
Pass By: Mount Maunganui Main Beach, 3116, New Zealand
Your scenic drive from the Port of Tauranga takes you from Mount Maunganui through the beautiful New Zealand countryside to arrive at Te Puia in Rotorua
Stop At: Te Puia, Hemo Road, Rotorua New Zealand
Te Puia in Rotorua – the home of bubbling mud pools, hot pools, the world famous Pohutu geyser, and the New Zealand Arts and Crafts Institute. There are not many places in the world where geothermal activity is as extensive and accessible as right here and your Maori guide will take you on a tour of this incredible natural wonder. This valley is alive with bubbling mud pools, erupting geysers, and hissing steams including the world-famous Pohutu and the six neighboring geysers in an area known as Geyser Flats.
You will have the opportunity to view the endangered Kiwi bird in their own specially lit house. Your visit directly helps with conservation efforts for this iconic bird that is so special to New Zealand. You will also experience a Maori cultural performance including traditional songs, the captivating poi dance and the world-famous haka (war challenge) with the opportunity for visitors to take part in a more intimate Maori cultural experience only available at Te Puia. Lunch is not provided however there is time to purchase food and beverages at Te Puia.
Enjoy lunch at Te Puia (not included) before re-boarding your vehicle and traveling into Rotorua to see the main sights of this geothermal city.
Duration: 4 hours
Stop At: Rotorua Museum, Oruawhata Drive Government Gardens, Rotorua New Zealand
Rotorua geothermal city tour – including a look at the famous Government Gardens, Blue Baths (a historic bathhouse), Rachel Spring (a boiling hot pool reaching temperatures of up to 100degC), lakefront and scenic sights.
Duration: 45 minutes
Stop At: Okere Falls Rd, Okere Falls 3074, New Zealand
Your journey draws to a close stopping to view the spectacular Okere Falls.
Duration: 15 minutes
Stop At: Kiwifruit Country, 316 State Highway 33, Paengaroa 3189 New Zealand
Return to Mount Maunganui with a scenic drive viewing the local highlights, pristine coastline, kiwifruit orchards, and more. You will arrive at the Port of Tauranga passenger gate at least an hour prior to your ship sailing time.
Duration: 1 hour
- Full commentary by an experienced tour driver
- Maori Cultural Performance
- Carving School and the Weaving School
- Rotorua tour
- Port pickup and drop-off
- Entry/Admission - Okere Falls
- Food and drinks, unless specified
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- At time of booking, Cruise ship passengers must provide the following information at time of booking: ship name, docking time.
- Please note: The order of sites visited may vary. In the event of scheduling changes with ship arrival or departure, we reserve the right to alter the itinerary to accommodate these variations.
- Don't forget to bring your camera.
- This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
Well run tour. Our driver was excellent giving all the information required. Rotorua was worth the visit with the natural wonders and local show was also good. It's a full day out but worth it
Geothermal stuff was interesting and enjoyed seeing the Kiwi fruit farm. I never realized the fruit grows like grapes.
We booked this excursion on Jan 4, 2018. The voucher and subsequent emails all indicated a 10:00 am departure even though our ship was getting in around 7:00 am. We didn't question it since nothing in their emails indicated anything else. Well, we get off the ship around 9:15 and walk to the meeting location. Since it was early, we weren't too concerned when we didn't see anyone there. We asked a few other tour operators and they said to just wait where we were. As it got closer to 10:00 am, we started to get concerned when we didn't see anyone from this tour company. We asked another local guide to call the phone number we had and we were finally able to get a hold of someone after several attempts. Well, surprise - they left at 9:00 am. Apparently, an email was sent sometime in DECEMBER notifying people of the time change but they NEVER changed it on the website. Thankfully, David from Royal Coach tours was going to be heading in that direction and offered to take us there with another couple that was going. They notified the drivers that we were on the way but when we got there, we had to look and wait for the driver to come an get us so we could get in and finally start our excursion. VERY disappointed in how this was handled. We never received an apology and they kept saying how it wasn't their fault...they are only the drivers. While the geothermal springs were very nice and we had a great guide, the fact that we missed the whole first portion of this trip was very unprofessional and poorly handled. Again, thankful David was there to help us out or we would have missed this entirely.
Our trip left an hour earlier than we were advised. We did not have phone reception so even though the agent tried to call that was of no use. Karen the tour operator was very off hand and really unhelpful. She wanted us to upgrade to a tour which we had already done. Anyway, after paying more money, another driver took our group of 4 as I had booked 2 separate tours and both had left an hour early!!!. I am very disappointed with this experience. Martin the driver of our tour was very good.