On this tour you will visit two top attractions in just one day.
Entrance and Official Maori Guide in Te Whakarewarewa Valley, and a corn on the cob, cooked in a boiling spring pool
Kiwifruit Orchard Cart guided ride/tour, plus a complementary kiwi fruit ice cream.
1. A geothermal wonderland (including pohutu the largest geyser in the southern hemisphere), boiling hot pools, bubbling mud, Maori wood carvings and cultural show with song and dance including the world famous Haka.
2. Jump onboard a themed kiwifruit cart & enjoy a guided 45 minute journey through the orchards, learn the history and experience this wonder fruit with taste testing of the different varieties, jams, juices,
You will be picked up directly from the port gates and board one of our modern small group minivans, being a small group allows us to move about more flexibly & efficiently and enjoy a more personal and friendly tour.
- This Is a Pre Booked Tour only!
- No sales on the day of the tour!
- Ensuring a quick departure for you!
- Pick up time is flexible (dependent on your cruise ship arrival and departure time).
Discover a truly special day and experience the geothermal wonderland of Rotorua, along with a tour of a Kiwi fruit orchard, in a narrated themed cart ride. for your cruise ship shore excursion from Tauranga!
We first take you on a sight seeing drive of Mount Maunganui where you will see the beautiful coastline and one of the best beaches in New Zealand, see the abundant coffee shops, cafes, small boutiques and breath taking scenery, not forgetting the infamous" Mount" which this area is named after. After leaving the beachfront we head into the countryside as we make our way to Rotorua. We journey through lush countryside traveling by stunning lakes, deep forestry and the first hints of the geothermal area we are traveling too.
In Rotura, your friendly guide – a local Maori descendant of early Maori guides who have shaped tourism in New Zealand for generations – will take you on a tour and experience an authentic village where people live daily using the natural geothermal resources to cook, bathe and heat their homes. Then walk around a strange and unforgiving landscape and journey where history, culture, and nature collide; where local Maori’s showcase their vibrant Maori culture in a performance of dance and song - a show not to be missed! Even the architecture tells a story with Maori carvings and structures that hold deep cultural significance's. You will see large mud pools, steam vents, boiling pools and geysers including the largest in the southern hemisphere. Learn how the residents utilize and respect the ever-changing forces beneath their land. Whilst being guided on your tour, you will receive a complimentary corn on the cob/maize cooked from the boiling geothermal pool.
After leaving Rotorua, we will head to Te Puke - a suburb of Tauranga - where you will have the opportunity to visit a working kiwi fruit orchard. You will be taken on 45 minute guided tour onboard a themed kiwi fruit cart, where you will have the opportunity to see the fuzzy little fruit growing while learning a little knowledge about why this fruit thrives here! You have the chance to walk under the vines and get up close to the growing fruit. Learn how this wondrous fruit became established here in New Zealand which, surprisingly, it's not a native plant but an interesting story explains all! This is a stunning opportunity for photographs! At the end of your tour you will be invited to taste-test different varieties of this fruit plus jams, juices, and much more.
Also included in the tour, you will be treated to a complementary local homemade kiwi fruit ice cream, perfect for a hot summer day.
We head back to the port and where we wish you bon voyage !