Tauranga Shore Excursion: Te Puia Maori Cultural Centre and Rotorua City Sightseeing
Stop to take a walk past towering Californian redwoods at Hamurana Spring, the deepest freshwater spring in the North Island, and follow its course to Rotorua Lake, home to rainbow trout.
Continuing your journey, stop to see some of New Zealand's famous sheep along with other farm animals plus alpacas and ostriches at the Agrodome and Agroventures playground.
At Te Puia Maori Arts and Craft Centre, take a guided tour of the Whakarewarewa thermal village, highlighting the amazing bubbling mud and steam vents of the Pohutu Geyser. The world-famous 100-foot (30-meter) Geyser erupts up to 20 times a day.
Visit the kiwi house to spot the elusive native kiwi bird and experience the storytelling magic of a traditional Maori cultural performance. The Maori performance art brings the legends to life through song, dance and warlike stick games.
Your shore excursion continues to Rotorua for a tour of the city’s Government Gardens, historic bath house, Art Deco blue baths and the natural hot spring known as Whangapipiro (Rachel's Pool).
Your return trip to Tauranga follows a different route, taking you past native forests. Stop on the way at the lovely Kaituna Waterfalls and then visit Kiwifruit Country.
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.
- Transport by mini coach
- Worry-free Shore Excursion Guarantee
- Port Pickup and drop-off
- Food and drinks
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Not wheelchair accessible
- Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
- Due to uneven surfaces, this tour is not recommended for those with walking disabilities.
- Please wear comfortable clothing and walking shoes
- please bring sunprotection and a light jumper for cooler weather
The tour started and ended on time. The driver was cautious and the itinerary was good. We have to make some adjustments due to street closure. The Maori show as excellent as was the geyser. The Kiwi farm was interesting and Kiwi ice cream tasty. The guide, Jennifer, could have asked us to queue up a bit early for the Maori show so we would get better seats.Only 12 people in a nice van was much better than a large bus tour.
It was the best day. The Te Puia Maori Cultural Centre - the Maori welcome, the show - absolutely wonderful. Walking around the hot springs, visiting the work studios, wood carving etc. excellent. Our tour guide made the experience even better. Rotorua is such a lovely place. Tauranga is beautiful. Thoroughly recommend doing this tour.
The tour to Tauranga was awesome! Nick, our tour guide did a fantastic job of making our day a memorable one. Would highly recommend this tour. The Maori Cultural Center was so interesting. The performance was very lively and fun. Nick was informative, helpful and pleasant! Tour and guide was great!
excellent tour, excellent driver-uide Eric, who knew the history, dynamic,bring us back to the port on time as agreed in the morning before the beginning of the tour. Highly recommend.
The Maori Cultural Centre was, of course, very interesting. The problems were in the transportation, our driver - Brian, did not know how to operate heat and AC in his vehicle and also had issues with the microphone making it impossible to hear any of the information he had to share with us. I'm sure that without these stumbling blocks it would have made for a very nice day, with them it made for a very frustrating day.
Pros: price, Maori Cultural Show and geysers, Rotorua Lake Cons: confusion at pier. Sent to wrong van. Driver could not regulate air, had to be told by a passenger and then we couldn't hear him. Would have liked to explore Maori life more.