Enjoy a full-day guided tour from your cruise ship arrival in Tauranga. This tour is perfect for people wanting a great day sightseeing this diverse area including Tauranga, Mt Maunganui and Rotorua with a focus on the geothermal area with entry to Whakarewarewa, "The living Maori Village." See the stunning Pohutu Geyser and bubbling mud pools. Enjoy a 1-hour guided tour with a local guide to learn about the history and culture. Witness a Maori Cultural Performance.
Your guided tour from the Port of Tauranga begins with an overview of Mt Maunganui. You will then depart towards Rotorua stopping in at the Kiwifruit Country Store along the way for a taste of New Zealand’s most iconic export, the Kiwi Fruit.
From a treat for the taste buds to a feast for the eyes, continue on to a bush walk at Okere Falls. Stop at the main lookout for great views. Along the way you’ll learn more about the cultural and spiritual significance of this breathtaking location to New Zealand’s Maori people. A place where thrill seekers and daredevils alike now raft and kayak over the highest commercially rafted waterfalls in the world!
Resting your feet, you will be driven down the road, passing by the stunning Redwood Forest, as well as catching a glimpse of stunning Blue Lake on the way to Rotorua itself.
Rotorua is one of the most captivating geothermal wonderlands in the world. Home to over 500 hot springs and 65 geysers, including a variety of famous geysers, hot springs and mud pools. You will have the opportunity to see them for yourself at New Zealand’s living Maori Village, located in the iconic Whakarewarewa Geothermal Valley where you will see world renowned Pohutu Geyser.
At Whakarewarewa immerse yourself in Maori Culture, bubbling mud pools, see the Famous Pohutu Geyser, be entertained with a Maori Cultural Show and see Weaving demonstrations.
Afterwards, you will be driven through and past the pristine Government Gardens and Polynesian Spa, before stopping at beautiful Lake Rotorua for lunch (cost additional). You then head past iconic attractions such as the Skyline Gondola and Luge ride with pristine views from the Cafe over Lake Rotorua. If your appetite isn’t fully satisfied, you can drop by Mossop’s Honey, where you’ll sample New Zealand’s world-renowned Manuka Honey before returning to see Tauranga City and up and over the Harbour Bridge to your ship. You are guaranteed to be back at your ship in plenty of time.