You will see
- Blue Baths & Rachel's Pool
- Geysers and Mudpools
- Government gardens & Bath House
- Kiwi fruit 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 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]. You can also book a traditional Hangi lunch to enjoy at Te Puia, see the links 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 Skyline Skyride, one of the top most popular destinations in Rotorua. Your tour cost includes the Gondola up to the top station for access to some great activities, such as the Luge runs down the mountain, the Big Swoop and the new Zoom Zip Line. There is a cafe where parents can enjoy some refreshments while watching the kids have fun on the Luge runs. These activities are not included in the tour but can be pre-booked in our "Experiences" section.
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 shared tour with other then see the "Standard" tab and tour code TRG-18.
- Air-conditioned transport
- Collection and drop off from the ship
- Entry to Te Puia and Maori Concert
- Experienced private guide
- The Skyline Skyride Gondola ticket
- Any additional activities at Skyline Skyride (including the Luge, Skyswing or Mountain Biking). These can be purchased on the day or in advance in our "Tickets" section.
- No meals are included in this tour. We recommend adding on lunch at Skyline to your tour - a sumptuous buffet meal.
- The meeting point for the tour is just outside the port pedestrian exit gate in Salisbury Avenue
- 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. Wheelchairs can be used on the Gondola at Skyline Skyride.
- 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 great options at Skline Skyride for children, such as the Luge and Swing.
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 Skyline Skyride also has a cafe and buffet restaurant.
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. Where are also special Gondolas at Skyline Skyride that are 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.
I can not see a price for this group tour?
You will need to contact us to give us details of your group so we can provide a quotation, as the cost does vary depending on how big the group is.