Enjoy a 7-hour small-group guided shore excursion from the Port of Tauranga. Stop in a kiwi fruit orchard to sample fruits and local products. Then explore the Living Maori Village, where you'll hear from a local descendant about Maori history, customs, and craft traditions. You'll walk past the geothermal wonders of Pohutu and Prince of Wales feathers geysers and learn how these features play a role in daily life, then experience a cultural performance of traditional songs and chants. Finish your tour with some Rotorua sightseeing, including the museum building, the government gardens, and the Rotorua lake front; then walk among the giants at the Redwood forest. Small-group tour is limited to a maximum of 15 people and includes round-trip transportation from the cruise port.
This is a small-group tour which makes for more friendly and personal service. Start your journey from the Port of Tauranga, where you'll be met at the exit gates. Then have a sightseeing drive around the beautiful area of Mount Maunganui. Take in the sights of the bustling coffee shops, small designer boutique, white sandy beaches, the famous mount, for which this area is named. Leaving the coast, head into the countryside.
Here, have the opportunity to visit a working kiwi fruit orchard, to learn how this wondrous fruit became established here in New Zealand. Surprisingly it's not a native plant but an interesting story explains it all! You will have the chance to taste test different varieties and discover numerous products made from kiwis, while learning a little knowledge about why this fruit thrives here!
Back on the road, head to Rotorua, passing stunning lakes, deep forestry, and the first hints of geothermal activity. Upon arriving at the Living Maori Village, you will be greeted by a friendly, local guide who is a direct descendant of early Maori who have shaped tourism in New Zealand for generations. Experience an authentic Living Māori Village, where people live on a daily basis using the natural geothermal resources to cook, bathe, and heat their homes. View the geothermal wonders of Whakarewarewa valley up close and personal, including the world famous Pohutu geyser, boiling mud-pools, steam vents, and bubbling pools. Develop an understanding of the history of the area as you learn what it is like to live in the challenging environment of the Whakarewarewa Valley, where daily life includes cooking in the bubbling pools and steam vents, and bathing in the refreshing therapeutic waters.
After your guided tour, you will be treated to a cultural performance like no other. Each performance includes Waiata (or songs) of history, Patere (rhythmic chants), stick games, poi dancing, and the world-famous HAKA war challenge. Many of these talented performing artists have followed in the footsteps of their parents and grandparents as Māori performers.
After leaving the village, then drive through Rotorua lake front with its many black swans, its Tudor-style museum and rose garden, and Rachel's spring. Then stop at the Redwood forest to experience the giants and the peaceful atmosphere they create. Learn about the silver fern and its relevance as the symbol of New Zealand.
Then return back to your ship. The goal is to show you the major sights and take you where you’d like to go on your own, but might not have the access or opportunity to plan yourself.