Excursion departure time will be available during booking process dependent upon what time your ship arrives and departs,
Your tour will be adjusted to accommodate any change of/late arrival of your ships docking time if needed.
Over View

Join us on a journey of discovery and sheer luxury on this small group Tauranga shore excursion.  Experience a strange landscape where steam rises from the ground, geysers erupt, hot mud bubbles up and the pools boil.  The Maori people not only live on this land but have    tamed and utilised it for their everyday life's. Come and meet the Maori people a truly unique one off experience.  


Relax and enjoy a two-course lunch, with a choice of menu with favourites like Fish & Chips, Kiwi Burgers or Caesar salad and much more, plus a selection of cakes with unlimited teas or coffee at a highly regarded restaurant. 

Immerse yourself at the Polynesian Spa. An internationally acclaimed spa facility, so you can pamper yourself in hot mineral pools, Enjoy this unique lakefront thermal spa experience - offering a wonderful fusion of relaxing hot mineral spring bathing and picturesque views of Lake Rotorua.

Your driver/guide will meet you in the morning at the Port of Tauranga and take you along the beautiful coastline of Mount Maunganui and this pretty seaside town.  Leaving the coast we head into the countryside passing Kiwifruit orchards, stunning lakes, and deep forestry before arriving at Rotorua. 

Take a journey as they guide you through their homes, let them share with you their history, Maori culture, traditions and unique way of life. See how they utilize the geothermal activity that surrounds them to cook, bath & preserve. Learn about the history of the Guiding Legacy that has been handed down throughout the generations of guides that is still continued to this present day.


Set amidst boiling and bubbling hot springs, erupting geysers, mud pools and steaming lakes is Rotorua’s only Living Maori Thermal Village, Te Whakarewarewa, home of the Tuhourangi/Ngati Wahiao people for over 150 years.  Take your seats to hear and experience the rhythmic chant of the spine tingling Haka (traditional war performance), along with more songs and dances, a show not to be missed.   You'll also gain insight into the features of Maori carvings and structures which have deep cultural significance.  

Relax for a two-course lunch at one of Rotorua's highly regarded restaurants followed by tea or coffee (with a choice of menu).  All dietary requirements are catered for!


Polynesian Spa’s geothermal hot mineral waters are sourced from two natural springs and feed into a variety of hot mineral pools. The slightly acidic Priest Spring waters relieve tired muscles, aches and pains while the alkaline waters of the Rachel Spring nourish the skin.  


Relax and rejuvenate with calming hot pools, a beautiful reflexology walk and a deep pool to allow for a swim. All this with the beautiful backdrop of lake Rotorua.  There is spacious changing facilities, private cubicle options and showers.  


You will be returned back to your ship in plenty of time after a decadent day of discovery and luxury pleasures. 

Don't forget you will need to bring your swimsuit & towel for a day of sheer pleasure!!!!

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!

  • All inclusive tour with official Maori Guide
  • Cultural show (not to be missed)
  • Soak and relax in the Polynesian Spa
  • Guarantee back to the ship on time
  • Small group tour ensures personal service
  • All entrance fees including show
  • Two course lunch with choice of menu with unlimited tea or coffee
  • Port pickup and drop-off Transport by modern  Air Conditioned vehicle 
  • NZ cold bottled water
New Zealand Discovery Tours

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of New Zealand Discovery Tours Limited

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“The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.”      

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