Tauranga Shore Excursion: Rotorua Naturally Tour. See, hear, smell, touch and taste on this full-day shore excursion from Tauranga. Experience the unique and special natural beauty of The Bay of Plenty. You will visit some out of the way spots that not everyone knows about and will go where the big buses don't. This tour is not a shuttle and will not drop you off anywhere to explore on your own. It is a fully guided small-group tour with a knowledgeable, fun and friendly tour guide. Along the way you will see and learn about the uniqueness that is New Zealand and you will learn about the geothermal region of Rotorua and its significance to the Maori people. Boiling mud pools, crystal clear hot springs, gushing waterfalls and stunning volcanic lakes are just a few of the sights you can expect on this lovely tour.

Tauranga Shore Excursion: Rotorua Naturally Tour - Tauranga, New Zealand

Ports of Call Tour
Duration:6 hours
Price: Starting from $98.00 per person

See, hear, smell, touch and taste on this full-day shore excursion from Tauranga. Experience the unique and special natural beauty of The Bay of Plenty. You will visit some out of the way spots that not everyone knows about and will go where the big buses don't. This tour is not a shuttle and will not drop you off anywhere to explore on your own. It is a fully guided small-group tour with a knowledgeable, fun and friendly tour guide. Along the way you will see and learn about the uniqueness that is New Zealand and you will learn about the geothermal region of Rotorua and its significance to the Maori people. Boiling mud pools, crystal clear hot springs, gushing waterfalls and stunning volcanic lakes are just a few of the sights you can expect on this lovely tour.

See, hear, smell, touch and taste on this full-day shore excursion from Tauranga. Experience the unique and special natural beauty of The Bay of Plenty. You will visit some out of the way spots that not everyone knows about and will go where the big buses don't. This tour is not a shuttle and will not drop you off anywhere to explore on your own. It is a fully guided small-group tour with a knowledgeable, fun and friendly tour guide. Along the way you will see and learn about the uniqueness that is New Zealand and you will learn about the geothermal region of Rotorua and its significance to the Maori people. Boiling mud pools, crystal clear hot springs, gushing waterfalls and stunning volcanic lakes are just a few of the sights you can expect on this lovely tour.

After meeting your friendly tour guide at the Port of Tauranga gates, your tour begins with a gentle drive past Mount Maunganui and along the coast showcasing the stunning white sandy beaches as you are told a little about the region and its history. Hear Maori legends and learn why the area was named the Bay of Plenty. 
 
Stopping at a Kiwi fruit orchard, you have a chance to view the vines and taste the green and gold kiwi fruit and juices. Learn about the significance of the kiwi fruit to the region. After this it’s back on the road as we wind our way through the rolling countryside past the dense pine forest plantations to arrive at Okere Falls - home of the grade 5 Kaituna River which sees thousands of rafters plummet over the roaring waterfalls each year. If you are lucky enough to time it right, you will get a chance to watch them come over the falls from a viewing point amongst the native bush dotted with the iconic New Zealand Silver Fern.
 
Rotorua has a staggering 18 lakes and you will visit 5 of them on this tour. The Blue and Green Lakes, like all the Rotorua lakes are craters, calderas or valleys blocked by lava flows. The Blue and Green lakes are nestled among steep green hills of native vegetation and are indeed spectacular. We will explain why they are different colours and take you to a viewing point for some fabulous photos.
 
The next stop is Sulphur Bay on Lake Rotorua, stunning in its own barren way. This is a unique ecological area where the birds and vegetation have adapted to the acidic conditions. We will talk about why the waters are so milky and how geysers and boiling mud pools evolve. We might even see some boiling hot spots on the water’s edge and marvel at how the wildlife survives.
 
We take a detour to the Government Gardens. This area was gifted to the New Zealand Government by the local Maori tribe the Te Arawa for "the benefit of the people of the world". The impressive Elizabethan style building dominating the grounds was the first investment by the NZ Government in tourism. It has gone from being a health spa facility to now housing the Rotorua museum. We will point out some of the features of the gardens and stop for photos among the impressive flowerbeds. 
 
After driving along the Rotorua lakefront we stop at the town "hot spot" Kuirau Park. We will wander through the park and get up close to some of the active geothermal spots. See bubbling mud pools, steaming lakes and crystal clear hot springs. We finish here with a relaxing foot soak in a thermal mineral pool heated with hot spring water right there at the source! You will be amazed at how soft and silky they feel afterwards.
 
We travel back to Tauranga via steep sided gorges with great examples of NZ lowland forest. After a great day out we will ensure you are back at the port in plenty of time to board your ship.

 

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