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Shore Trips and Tours

For the most effective browsing of our Tours, please Login / Register with us to create a MyCruise account.

We then use the details of your ship and cruise dates to display your cruise itinerary and show you the Products we have to offer in the Ports you will be visiting.

Save money over the cruise lines own shore excursion program as well as travel in much smaller groups. We offer passengers on cruise ships a range of small group shared tours in most of the ports of call in New Zealand and Australia. We have a great selection to suit all interests and budgets, from general sightseeing, geothermal sights, Maori culture, adventure and special interest tours.

We include the Bay of Islands, Auckland, Tauranga, Napier, Wellington, Picton, Christchurch, Akaroa and Dunedin in New Zealand. In Australia we currently offer Hobart, Burnie, Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney, Darwin and Cairns and more tours and activities will be added in the other ports that you see listed on our web site in the coming weeks.

Even if you are travelling as just a couple, you can still find others to share your shore excursions with, check out our "Tour Share" feature. Once you have registered on the site you can then view "tour share" posts from others on your cruise and also create your own postings.

Our Private Tours allow you to book a suitable tour vehicle and driver/guide for your party so that you have total flexibility to see and do just what you want. The cost is based on the duration of the tour and type of vehicle, which range from luxury Rolls Royce limousines to minivans, minibuses and small coaches.

These Private Tours do not include any destination or activity charges, but our experienced tour consultants can create an itinerary to suit your interest and budget, and add these to your account, so the tour is 100% matched to your requirements, and best of all there is no additional charge for this service.

We do recommend that you let us plan your itinerary and pre-book tickets for any destination or activity as availability can often be a problem if you have not pre-booked.

Group Tours allow you to book an exclusive tour just for your own party. Almost all of our Standard shared tours are available as Group tours, we also have additional specially configured itineraries suitable only for groups.

Group Tours are usually available for groups from 6 persons up to 50 persons [the largest coach we would use] but if your own group is even larger than this we can arrange a selection of tours that you can offer the group members, so not everyone has to do the same tour and we can then run smaller more personal groups.

Our Group Tours department can handle all the bookings and payments for you, so we take the stress out of being the group leader or travel agent. Once we have set up your group members in our database, they can then log in to view just the tours you want to offer and make their selections. It could not be easier.

Prices will depend on the size of the group, so please contact us for a quotation.

If the itinerary or activity that you are interested in is not listed on our web site then please contact us and we will create one to suit.

We are now offering self drive rental cars in a number of ports in New Zealand for passengers on cruise ships.

In many ports we have a selection of cars available for self-drive so look at the port of call page to see the options or search for "self drive tours" in the "interest " search box. Cars can be supplied with GPS so you will be able to find your destinations easily.

We can also pre book your activity tickets so all is ready when you arrive at the port of call to collect your rental car.

For cruise ship passengers who would like to experience the ports of call from a different perspective, we now offer an increasing range of fixed wing and helicopter flight seeing options.

Using fully certified passenger flight operators, you can now book anything from a short 5 minute flight "experience' up to a full day "flying adventure".

Select from a range of options that could include fixed wing modern aircraft, vintage biplanes, World War 2 aircraft or modern day jets.

For cruise ship passengers visiting New Zealand and Australia you can now purchase all of your destination activity tickets in advance.

Ports of call we cover include the Bay of Islands, Auckland, Tauranga, Napier, Wellington, Picton, Christchurch, Akaroa and Dunedin in New Zealand.

In Australia we currently offer options in Hobart, Burnie, Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and Cairns. we will be adding new tours and activities in the other ports of call in Australia in the coming weeks.

These will include Albany, Brisbane, Broome, Bunbury, Cooktown, Darwin, Newcastle, Freemantle, Townsville, Yorkeys Knob and Peneshaw.

So if you are traveling independently by self drive rental car, have a look at the "Experiences" tab on each port to see what you could do.

    What if my ships arrival or departure time conflicts with the tour times?

We arrange most of the tours just for cruise ship passengers so we adjust the tour start and end times to suit.

If the ship is arriving after the advised tour start time, then please come of the ship as soon as you can to meet your guide who will update you on the new start time.

If your ship is departing the port less than 1 hour after the usual end time of the tour, we will usually bring the tour start time forward, so that the tour ends at least one hour prior to the ships departure. Again you should come of the ship ASAP to meet the guide and get an updated start time.

There are a few tours that have fixed departure times that can not be moved, in such cases we will advise you of this when booking. This also applies to activities which are booked for a specific time, such as Jet Boating or Bungee Jumping.

We also send out a TXT message on the morning of your booking to remind you of the meeting time and give any updates should the time have changed since you printed your voucher, so it is important for you to give us your mobile phone number and check for any messages. We also email a reminder the day prior.

    What if the ship is unable to make a port of call ?

It is very rare that a ship is unable to make a port of call. In the event that this occurs a full refund will be provided back to your credit card. If your tour was booked through an agent and not directly with us, then you should contact your agent.

    How many people will be on a tour ?

Most of our tours are "small group" tours, usually no more than 10 or 12 persons. We offer some tours that are very popular and these may have up to 24 persons on the tour. As we do not know until a few days prior to the tour date how many people will book a particular tour then we can not guarantee the size of the group, but large tour numbers are very uncommon. Often tours will run with the minimum number, just 4 or 6 persons.

    How will I find my tour guide ?

When you make a booking you will be sent detailed instructions on how to meet your tour guide, these are written on your Voucher. In some ports our guides will be close to the ship, often at the base of the gangway, holding a Shore Trips & Tours sign or with a name board.

Independent tour guides and vehicles may have to wait in designated locations to meet passengers who are not on the official cruise line tours [not cruise line arranged]. In such cases you will have clear instructions on how to find them.

Some ports require you to take a shuttle from the ship to a designated location in the city, please be sure to read your voucher instructions carefully as the meeting points do vary depending on the tour you have booked and for some ports you do NOT have to use the shuttles for all of our tours.

You will also be provided with the name of the local tour company and a contact phone number, something that many other booking web sites will not tell you. If you have any difficulty then you can call the local guide or Shore Trips and Tours .

    I am in a large group on the cruise, can you cater for us ?

Most of our tour groups are for small groups of 10 or 12 persons. However we can cater for large groups of up to 100 persons and have a lot of experience with tours suitable for large groups. Each itinerary would be tailored to suit the groups interest and size, as often many of our small group tour itineraries are not suitable for larger groups. Please contact us for details. You can see some existing "group" itineraries on the "Groups" tab for each port.

    How will the tour cost in NZ $ be charged to my credit card.

Our tours in New Zealand are priced in NZ $ and this will be converted to your own credit card currency by your bank. As these rates do fluctuate then you could see a difference to the cost if you select your own currency from the 5 optional currencies. The tours in Australia are loaded to the database in Australian dollars, this rate will be converted to the current NZ$ rate on the day you make the booking.

    What happens to my money when I book a tour in advance of the cruise, is it safe

Yes it is secure. When you book a tour the money you pay in advance is held in a separate "clients account", this is then transferred to our trading account only when the tour takes place.
The interest this money earns is paid as a donation to our local charity, The Waipuna Hospice, so your money is also helping us support this very worthwhile Tauranga organisation.

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Don't waste your money on the ship excursions!! Book with Shore Trips and Tours and get better bang for your buck. Best money ever spent on tours! Visited March 2017. Julie N. Marco Island, Florida. see my review on TripAdvisor posted 22nd March
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We have just been certified as a "Five Star" transport provider by the New Zealand Transport Agency, a testament to the high standard of our tour vehicles and professional drivers.

See our new ultimate geothermal tour TRG-15 which includes visits to both Wai-O-Tapu and the Living Maori Village of Whakarewarewa

We have now completed all the ports of call information for the 2017/2018 cruise season so you can start to plan your shore excursions for your next cruise to New Zealand and Australia.

The earthquake of November 2016 in the South Island of New Zealand has caused the Port of Wellington to relocate the cruise ships berth location. Passengers with pre-booked tours with us should NOT take the shuttle buses into the city despite what the ships crew say. These are only for passengers who have no pre-booked tours or transport as there is no walkway from the ship to the city. Except for the Hop-On-Hop-Off service WLG-6 all tours still pick up inside the port close to the ships gangway.

We have now added an "express booking" button to all tours that can be booked immediately [where we manage inventory] so that you can make a single booking quickly. If you want to book more than one item or a tour that is an "enquire" type, then you will need to register and create an account. More info can be found on the red "how to book" tab on the right of the screen.

If you have "Logged In" we now give information on the tour summary page for each port to show availability, how many places are left or if it's sold out. This is given for tours which can be booked instantly. You still need to "enquire" for the other tours to confirm availability though.

We can now send you an SMS message on the day of your tour to confirm start times for the tour in case of any last minute changes, so please add a valid mobile phone number when you register with us.

For the 4th consecutive year (2013-2017) we have been awarded Trip Advisor's "Certificate of Excellence". We are very proud to be at the forefront of excellence to the cruise ship tour industry.

TRIP ADVISOR now rate us as number 1 in Mount Maunganui [Tauranga], so thank you to all our clients who have posted reviews.

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