You will see
- Geothermal Mud Pools & Geysers
- Government Gardens & Bath House
- Kiwifruit orchards
- Maori wood carving & flax weaving
- Mokoia Island
- Mount Maunganui beaches
- Native NZ Kiwi bird
- Rachel's Pool & Blue Baths
- Rotorua City Sights & Lake
Departing Tauranga for Rotorua, we pass through the Te Puke region, the home of the New Zealand Kiwifruit with chance to see the many orchards growing this iconic New Zealand fruit.
Our route then continues through farmland, native bush and forested areas, passing by Lake Rotoiti and Lake Rotorua before arriving at Te Whakarewarewa - Te Puia.
Te Puia, the home of the Maori Arts and Crafts Institute and the location of the famous Pohutu geyser. We visit the carving school and see craftsman fashion traditional wood carvings, then move on to watch Maori women demonstrate flax weaving.
A short walk through the geothermal valley of Whakarewarewa to view the mud pools, the famous Pohutu geyser and hot pools that make Te Puia unique. See New Zealand's iconic flightless bird, the Kiwi in a purpose built kiwi-house. Explore the recreated traditional Maori fortified village.
A Maori Cultural Performance will be given on the Marae, in one of the few fully carved meeting houses in New Zealand, a place of special spiritual significance to Maori. Here you will see the traditional songs, dances and demonstrations of fighting skills [including the Haka] performed. There is time at Te Puia to enjoy a light lunch at their cafe.[at your own cost].
After lunch we drive through through Rotorua city to see the Government Gardens, the Rotorua Bath House [now a museum], Rachel's Pool, the Blue Baths, the Polynesian Spa and other city sights depending on the time available before the second highlight of the day, an exhilarating Jet Boat ride across Lake Rotorua to the island of Mokoia.
Located in the middle of the lake, Mokoia Island is the site of one of our country's most famous love stories and the home of some of our most notorious Maori warriors and tribes. This beautiful and tranquil island features heavily in in many local stories and historical events, as you would have heard during the concert at Te Puia earlier. Of particular interest to geographers, it is a Rhyolite Lava Dome rising up to 180 metres above the lake surface.
Mokoia Island is a wildlife sanctuary and is home to approximately 25 Kiwi, 5 endangered species, 20 protected species and over 40 common species. The birds flourish in this predator free environment, filling the canopy with their songs and a short guided walk through the forest should let you hear some of these birds.
The island's foreshores are littered with natural, geothermal springs, including the famous Hinemoa's Hot Pool, which you will visit on the short walk on the island before the Jet Boat ride back to Rotorua.
The tour then departs Rotorua for the return to Tauranga. On the way we tour through Mount Maunganui to view its famous ocean beaches, harbour and the iconic Mount Maunganui, an extinct volcanic core, which gives the area its name.
- Comfortable air-conditioned transport
- Entry to Te Puia and Maori Concert
- Experienced private guide
- Guided walk on Mokoia Island
- Jet Boat Ride on Lake Rotorua
- No meals are included in this tour but we do allow time for you to buy lunch at Te Puia
- This tour requires some walking on well made paths, gentle inclines and some steps
- Tours depart at the time shown on the web site unless this conflicts with the ships ETA or ETD, in which case the tour will operate so that you are back in port at least one hour before sailing. Please meet us at least 15 minutes prior to the departure time
- If your group is larger than 24 persons then please contact us for a quotation.
- This tour is not suitable for infants due to the Jet Boat ride.
- This tour is not suitable for users of mobility scooters [unless very small collapsible ones] or electric wheelchairs. Folding manual wheelchairs can be accommodated, but passengers must be able to enter a coach or minibus and board the Jet Boat. Our staff can assist.
Standard Tour Schedule Options
|start time||end time|
| Note: Start and end times may be adjusted |
to suit ships ETA or ETD in port
Standard Tour Charges
|Adult price||NZ $249.00|
|Child price (4 to 14 yrs)||NZ $179.00|
|Family price (max adults 2 max children 2)||NZ $769.00|
Standard Tour Group Discounts
|11+ persons||10.00 %|
I see that no meals are included in this tour, can I buy something?
While we do not include any meals in the tour there is time at Te Puia to buy lunch.
Is this tour suitable for wheelchair users?
This tour is not really suitable for wheel chair users with limited mobility as getting into and out of the Jet Boat may be a problem.
What if our ship time does not match the tour times?
When a ship is arriving or departing at times that do not suit our normal tour times, then we adjust these times to suit. These adjusted times are shown on your voucher when you make a booking and also on the "prices" tab of the tour details on the web site, if you have created a "my cruise" account.
Will I get wet on the Jet Boat trip?
Very likely! But it does depend on where you sit in the boat and we do have spray jackets available if you don't want to get wet.
What should I bring for the Jet Boat ride?
Sunglasses are recommended as well as sun block, in the cooler months wrap up warm. Spray and life jackets are provided.
My group is larger than 24 persons, can you do larger groups?
Yes, most of our tours are small group programs, but we can offer the same tour program in most cases for groups greater than 24 persons, please contact us to obtain a quotation.