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.
- 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
- 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]
- This tour is not suitable for users of mobility scooters [unless very small collapsible ones] or electric wheelchairs. Folding manual wheelchairs can be accommodated.
- You can also book a traditional Hangi lunch to enjoy at Te Puia, see here Te Puia Hangi Lunch
please contact us for a quotation for your group
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.
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