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Polynesian Spa Rotorua Cruise Ship Shore Excursion Polynesian Spa Rotorua Cruise Ship Shore Excursion Whakarewarewa Te Puia Maori guide and geysers Maori Warriors at Te Puia on Cruise Ship Tour from Tauranga Te Puia geysers on cruise ship tour to Rotorua from Tauranga Te Puia geysers on cruise ship tour to Rotorua from Tauranga

Rotorua - Te Puia & Polynesian Spa

Amazing Geothermal sights and pampering Polynesian Spa

Experience the geothermal wonders and traditional Maori culture of Rotorua at Te Puia. After city sights we visit the famous Polynesian Spa for relaxation and pampering in the thermal waters.

TRG-11 | 8.00 hrs | Adults NZ $199.00 | Children NZ $149.00


You will see

  • Blue Baths & Rachel's Pool
  • Geysers and Mudpools
  • Government gardens & bath House
  • Kiwifruit orchards
  • Maori cultural performance
  • New Zealand Kiwi bird
  • Rotorua City & 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 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].

You can also book a traditional Hangi lunch to enjoy at Te Puia, see the link in the "Options" section in the Summary Tab or check out the "Experiences" tab on the port page.

After lunch we drive through Rotorua City to the Polynesian Spa, one of the top spa resorts in the world.

This is an award winning destination and there are a range of spa bathing experiences available. Your tour includes the General admission, adult only pools, but other options can be purchased if you wish, such as the exclusive Lake Spa Retreat or private pools. If you want to enjoy one of their renowned massage treatments, then we do suggest making an advance booking to avoid disapointment.

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.

If you would to do this tour as an "Exclusive" tour then see the "Groups" tab and tour code TRG-G11.

  • Air-conditioned transport
  • Collection and drop off from the ship
  • Entry to Te Puia and Maori Concert
  • Entry to the Polynesian Spa Adult main pools or if you are travelling with children then the Family Pool area instead.
  • Experienced private guide
Not Included
  • Gratuities
  • No meals are included in this tour but time is provided for you to buy a snack lunch at the Te Puia cafe.
  • Please bring your bathing suit and towel with you. If required these can be hired from Polynesian Spa for $5.00 per item
  • The meeting point for the tour is just outside the port pedestrian exit gate in Salisbury Avenue
  • You can buy alternative Spa options when you arrive if you wish [Lake Spa Retreat, or private pools etc]
  • If your group is larger than 24 persons then please contact us for a quotation.
  • Infants 0 to 3 may travel FOC if seated on parents lap. Infant rate applies if a seat is required.
  • This tour is not suitable for users of mobility scooters [unless very small collapsible ones] or electric wheelchairs. Folding manual wheelchairs can be accommodated.

Standard Tour Schedule Options

      start time     end time
Day tour 09:00 17:00
Note: Start and end times may be adjusted
to suit ships ETA or ETD in port

Standard Tour Charges

Adult price     NZ $199.00
Child price (4 to 14 yrs)     NZ $149.00
Infant price (0 to 3 yrs)     NZ $89.00
Note: Infant ticket ensures a seat
Without a ticket an infant may have to sit on a parents lap
Family price (max adults 2 max children 2)     NZ $625.00

Standard Tour Group Discounts

11+ persons     10.00 %

Exclusive Tour Prices

1 person     NZ $800.00
2 persons     NZ $960.00
3 persons     NZ $1,120.00
4 persons     NZ $1,280.00
5 persons     NZ $1,440.00
6 persons     NZ $1,600.00
7 persons     NZ $1,760.00
8 persons     NZ $1,920.00
9 persons     NZ $2,080.00
10 persons     NZ $2,240.00
11 persons     NZ $2,360.00
12 persons     NZ $2,480.00
13 persons     NZ $2,600.00
14 persons     NZ $2,720.00
15 persons     NZ $2,840.00
16 persons     NZ $2,960.00
17 persons     NZ $3,060.00
18 persons   NZ $3,240.00
19 persons     NZ $3,420.00
20 persons     NZ $3,600.00
21 persons     NZ $3,780.00
22 persons     NZ $3,960.00
23 persons     NZ $4,140.00
24 persons     NZ $4,320.00

    Is this tour suitable for children

Yes they will especially love the geysers erupting and the concert at Te Puia. There are also special pools for families with children at the Polynesian Spa.

    Will I be collected and dropped off at the ship?

We meet all passengers on our shared tours just outside the port pedestrian exit gate in Salisbury Avenue, this is also the drop off point at the end of the tour, just a short walk from the ships gangway.

    There are no meals included in this tour, will I be able to buy lunch somewhere?

Yes, we have some free at Te Puia after the concert where you can buy a light lunch at their cafe. The Polynesian Spa also has a cafe with plenty of healthy eating options available.

    Is this tour suitable for wheelchair users?

If you are able to board a small coach or minibus with assistance then we are happy to store any folding wheelchair in the vehicle. The destinations have well made paths suitable for wheelchairs.

    Why is there a charge for infants up to the age of 3 years old.

We give parents the option to purchase an "infant" ticket as this then reserves a seat on the vehicle for the infant. If a ticket is not purchased then the infant may have to sit on their parents lap. If you have a suitable baby or infant seat, then this can be used, or you may be able to hire one from us. It is the parents choice as to how their children travel on our coaches and minibuses.

    Can we have a traditional Hangi Lunch at Te Puia on this tour?

Yes this is possible, but due to the high demand and limited availability you will need to book this when you book this tour. You can do this on the "tickets" tab for the Tauranga/Rotorua ports of call page. Its at the bottom of the page and its code is TRG-T998, the cost is $17 NZ per person, be warned - the portions are large!

    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.

    Do I need to bring a towel?

Preferably you should bring a towel however they are available to hire for $5.00 per towel

    What if I don't have a bathing suit?

These can be hired for $5.00 per suit from the Spa

    Is there a secure place for valuables when I'm at Polynesian Spa?

Yes. They have security lockers available at $5.00 each

    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.

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