Departure Time: 09.00am
Time will be adjusted to suit the arrival & departure of your cruise ship.
This is a small group tour which makes for a more friendly and personal service. It includes all entrance fees, cultural show, lunch and cold bottles water.
Join us on a day of discover, intrigue and excitement with this truly special day to remember.
A fully guided tour through the geothermal wonderland of erupting geysers, boiling hot pools, bubbling mud, Maori wood carvings and a cultural show with song and dance including the world famous Haka a performance not to be missed.
Next you will be taken for a two-course lunch at one of Rotorua's highly regarded restaurants followed by tea or coffee (with a choice of menu with favourites like Fish & chips, Kiwi burgers or Caesar salad and much more).
We take a leisurely drive around the highlights of Rotorua, taking in lake front, Redwood forest, Rotorua Tudor style design museum, Blue baths, Rachael Springs and the Government Gardens.
To finish your tour we visit a kiwi fruit orchards, learn the history and experience this wonder fruit with taste testing of the different varieties, jams, juices and much more.
We start our journey at the Port of Tauranga, where we will meet you at the offical port gates, then take you on a sightseeing drive around the beautiful area of Mount Maunganui where your ship has docked. Take in the sights of the bustling coffee shops, small designer boutique & white sandy beaches. Leaving the coast we head into the countryside. We journey through lush countryside traveling by stunning lakes, deep forestry and the first hints of the geothermal area we are traveling too.
In Rotorua, you will be greeted by a local Maori guide a descendant of early Maori guides who have shaped tourism in New Zealand for generations. They will take you on a tour to experience an authentic village, the only place in the world where people live daily using the natural geothermal resources to cook, bathe and heat their homes. They will guide you around a strange and unforgiving landscape and journey where history, culture, and nature collide; where local Maori’s showcase their vibrant Maori culture in a performance of dance and song - a show not to be missed! Even the architecture tells a story with Maori carvings and structures that hold deep cultural significance's. You will see large mud pools, steam vents, boiling pools and geysers including the largest in the southern hemisphere. Learn how the residents utilize and respect the ever-changing forces beneath their land.
Next you will be taken for a two-course lunch at one of Rotorua's highly regarded restaurants with unlimited teas and coffee and a choice of menu.
After leaving the village, we take a leisurely drive through Rotorua main highlights to see what this beautiful town has to offer. The lake front with its many black swans, The grand Tudor-style Museum, colourful and fragrant rose garden, Rachel's spring and the blue baths. Then stop at the Redwood forest to experience the giants and the peaceful atmosphere they create. Learn about the silver fern and its relevance as the symbol of New Zealand.
After leaving Rotorua, we will head to Te Puke - a suburb of Tauranga - where you will have the opportunity to visit a working kiwi fruit orchard. Learn how this wondrous fruit became established here in New Zealand which, surprisingly, it's not a native plant but an interesting story explains all. You will have the opportunity to taste-test different varieties of this fruit plus jams, juices, and much more.
This tour is a stunning opportunity for photographs and an introduction into a new culture.
From there we head back to the port and where we wish you bon voyage and safe travel!
Adult price $145.00 nzd
Children $125.00 nzd
Shore Excursion Cancellation Policy:
If you cancel within 48hours of the scheduled departure, there is a 100% cancellation fee.
If for whatever reason your ship is not able to dock on the day of your excursion then all monies paid will be refunded!
Excellent Value for Money
Family Friendly for all Ages
Small Group Ensures Personal Service
Guarantee Back to Ship on Time
Free Port Pickup and Drop-off Included
Entrance Fees & Cultural show included
Two Course Lunch with Coffee & Teas
Fully Guided Tour
NZ Cold Bottled Water
Taste Testing at the Kiwi Fruit Orchard