You will see
- A working kiwifruit orchard and kiwifruit inspired store
- All the sights of Rotorua city - including the Government Gardens, Blue Baths, lakefront and more
- An active geothermal field - geysers, bubbling mud and hotpools
- An authentic Maori cultural performance - including the Haka
- Kiwi birds in a purpose built nocturnal viewing enclosure
- Pohutu and Te Tohu (Prince of Wales Feathers) geysers
- Traditional Maori carvings and buildings
Departing from outside the port gates (just a few minutes walk from the ship) we begin our journey to Rotorua. The tour starts with a short drive through the beach suburb of Mount Maunganui, past millionaires waterfront homes and golden beaches.
Next it's on to the Te Puke area, the home of the New Zealand kiwifruit industry, where we will stop at a kiwifruit orchard. Here your guide will tell you about the history of this fruit that grows so well in the Bay of Plenty.
Leaving Te Puke we continue through farmland, native bush and plantation forests. We head past scenic lakes Rotoiti and Rotorua before arriving at Te Puia, Rotorua's most famous geothermal destination.
Te Puia is the location of the famous Pohutu and Te Tohu (Prince of Wales' Feathers) geysers in the active Te Whakarewarewa valley. It is also home to the Maori Arts and Crafts Institute (where you will visit the carving school to see craftsman at work, and watch traditional flax weaving), a kiwi house (where you can hopefully spot our native icon), and a traditional Marae (meeting house) where you will see a cultural performance.
Your guide will walk you through the geothermal valley of Whakarewarewa to see the mud pools, geysers and hot pools that make Te Puia so unique. On the way back you will stop to see New Zealand's iconic flightless bird (the Kiwi) in a purpose built Kiwi-house, plus you will explore the recreated traditional Maori fortified village.
Seats are reserved for a Maori cultural performance at the Marae - in one of the few fully carved meeting houses in New Zealand. This is a place of special spiritual significance. Here you will see the traditional songs, dances and demonstrations of fighting skills (including the Haka) performed.
Before departing Te Puia there is usually time for you to buy lunch at the cafe (own cost). You might want to prebook a traditional Hangi lunch, see our "Experiences" item TRG-T998.
Next we drive through Rotorua city to see the scenic sights including Government Gardens, the Rotorua Bath House (now a museum), Rachel's Pool, the Blue Baths and other city sights depending on the time available.
Departing Rotorua, we return to Tauranga by an alternative scenic route over hills and through deep gorges. We will ensure you are back to the port in plenty of time for the ship's departure.
If you would to do this tour as an "Exclusive" tour then see the "Groups" tab and tour code TRG-G8.
- Comfortable air-conditioned transport (usually no more than 15 on board)
- Entry to Te Puia and Maori Concert
- Experienced driver/guide
- Full commentary throughout the tour
- Some walking is involved on well made paths with gentle inclines
- 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.
- Infants 0 to 3 years may travel free of charge if seated on a 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, but passengers must be able to enter a coach or minibus using the standard steps. 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 $159.00|
|Child price (4 to 14 yrs)||NZ $119.00|
|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 $495.00|
Standard Tour Group Discounts
|11+ persons||10.00 %|
Tour guide Ian was fantastic. Tour was excellent. Loved all of it.
D & J Deacon, Australia [Feb 17]
W Wang, Canada [Feb 17]
P Burt, Scotland [Feb 17]
Lange Family, Australia [Feb 17]
Y McShane, Australia [Jan 17]
G Edgell, Australia [Jan 17]
J McDonnell, UK [Dec 16]
L Tesoro, Australia [Nov 16]
B & I O'Grady, Australia [Dec 16]
J & L Lopez, Australia [Nov 16]
P Boorman, Australia [Oct 16]
Stavropoulos Family, Australia [Apr 16]
E Smith, Australia [Mar 16]
S Harichandra, Australia [Mar 16]
H Feather, UK [Feb 16]
S Jay, Australia [Jan 16]
J Aubrey, Australia [Dec 15]
N Wassef, Australia [Dec 15]
M Hakun, USA [Dec 15]
Y Ren, Australia [Dec 15]
B Fenton, Australia [Dec 15]
P & H Thomas, Australia [Nov 15]
S Huntington, Australia [Oct 15]
F Collier [Oct 15]
L & L Kogge, Australia [Mar 15]
A & K Walker, Australia [Mar 15]
L & J Miller, Australia [Mar 15]
L Richardson, Canada [Feb 15]
C Frawley, Australia [Jan 15]
S Wright, Australia [Jan 15]
B & L Vines, Australia [Dec 14]
I Czuchan, USA [Nov 14]
R & Y Marr, Australia [Nov 14]
J & C Richards, Australia [Apr 14]
B. Collino, Australia [Mar 14]
J Fisher, Australia [Feb 14]
Jen Simpson, Australia [Jan 14]
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S McCann, Canada [Dec 13]
B&S Barker, Australia [Dec 13]
B&D Turnbull, Australia [Dec 13]
M Gardner, USA [Dec13]
I'm not able to walk very far.
While the tour requires some walking it is on well made paths.
Are entry fees included
Yes entry to Te Puia is included, this also includes the maori cultural performance.
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.
What if the ships arrival and departure times do not match this tour.
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.
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!
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.