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Government Gardens Rotorua

Government Gardens Rotorua Tours and Activities

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The Government Gardens in central Rotorua are so bountiful, they resemble an old picture postcard from the English countryside. If not for the telltale scent of sulfur from the nearby thermal springs at Sulphur Point, visitors might forget where they’re standing, given the Edwardian architecture and dignified landscape.

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Tauranga Shore Excursion: Rotorua Highlights

Tauranga Shore Excursion: Rotorua Highlights

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See the highlights of Rotorua on a full-day shore excursion from Tauranga. You’ll travel to one of New Zealand’s famed regions in the North Island, observing otherworldly landscapes and Pohutu Geyser at Whakarewarewa’s thermal springs. Visit Okere Falls at the Bay of Plenty; receive a traditional welcome at an authentic Maori village where you’ll watch a 'haka' (war dance); and view the Government Gardens, a historic bath house and more in Rotorua.
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  • 7 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$104.20
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$104.20

Tauranga Shore Excursion: Maori Geothermal Village & Kiwi Fruit Orchard Tour

Tauranga Shore Excursion: Maori Geothermal Village & Kiwi Fruit Orchard Tour

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Once your cruise ship docks in Tauranga, get the most out of your time in port with this combo trip to the Geothermal Valley and a local kiwi fruit orchard. With a guide teaching you about the geology and history, explore the geysers, hot pools, and steam vents in the valley, then head to the kiwi orchards to learn about New Zealand's most famous export. Tastings of jams, juices, and different kiwi varieties included.
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  • 6 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$116.91
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$116.91

Rotorua Duck Boat Guided City and Lakes Tour

Rotorua Duck Boat Guided City and Lakes Tour

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Discover Rotorua on a 1.5-hour duck tour. This sightseeing adventure takes you aboard a World War II amphibious vehicle — able to travel on land and water. Start with a city tour past Government Gardens, the Blue Baths and more before splashing down into Lake Tikitapu (Blue Lake) and Lake Okareka. Enjoy family fun along the way with a provided duck caller, and listen to live commentary about Rotorua’s history and local landmarks.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes to 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$59.44
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$59.44

Full-Day Small-Group Rotorua Shore Excursion From Tauranga

Full-Day Small-Group Rotorua Shore Excursion From Tauranga

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When your cruise ship docks in Tauranga, experience the wonders of New Zealand's North Island in a small group on this full-day tour to Rotorua. Take in sights such as Mount Maunganui, Sulphur Bay on Lake Rotorua, hot springs around Rotorua, and places of importance to the Maori people. Taste fresh kiwi fruit at an orchard, stroll through the Redwood Forest, and admire the manicured grounds of Government Gardens. Your small-group tour includes guide, entrance fees, air-conditioned transportation, and port pickup and drop-off.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$71.01
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$71.01

Rotorua Maori Geothermal Geysers Tour with Highlights

Rotorua Maori Geothermal Geysers Tour with Highlights

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When your cruise ship docks in Tauranga, take a small-group shore excursion that showcases Maori culture and New Zealand's natural beauty. Highlights include the Living Maori Village, the geothermal geysers, kiwi orchards, and traditional cultural performance. Indulge in a deluxe 2-course lunch and a sightseeing tour of Rotorua before a walk among the redwoods of the Whakarewarewa Forest and a visit to the Tudor-style design museum. Your small-group tour includes admission fees, lunch, and round-trip transportation from the cruise port.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$116.20
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$116.20

Tauranga Shore Excursion: Te Puia Maori Cultural Centre and Rotorua City Sightseeing

Tauranga Shore Excursion: Te Puia Maori Cultural Centre and Rotorua City Sightseeing

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When your cruise ship docks in Tauranga, gain insight into New Zealand’s natural and cultural heritage on a shore excursion to Rotorua. At the Te Puia Maori cultural center, discover boiling mud pools and Pohutu Geyser on a walk through the Whakarewarewa geothermal valley; learn about Maori customs at the Maori Arts and Crafts Institute; and spot the elusive kiwi bird.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$109.09
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$109.09

Rotorua and Geothermal Living Maori Village Tour

Rotorua and Geothermal Living Maori Village Tour

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Learn how New Zealand’s Maori people have adapted to life among the geothermal activity of Rotorua on this small-group shore excursion from Tauranga. At the Living Maori Village, see how residents integrate natural elements like bubbling geysers, mud pools and steam vents into daily tasks, and watch a live cultural performance. You’ll also drive past gorgeous beaches, walk through an ancient redwood forest, and taste local kiwi fruit fresh from the farm on this immersive Bay of Plenty highlights tour.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$104.00
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$104.00

Tauranga Shore Excursion: Hobbiton Movie Set and Rotorua Geothermals Combo

Tauranga Shore Excursion: Hobbiton Movie Set and Rotorua Geothermals Combo

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Explore traditional Maori culture and discover movie history in the New Zealand hills on this full-day Hobbiton and Te Puia combo shore excursion from Tauranga. Travel through the breathtaking Kaimai Mountains in Waikato. Explore the Hobbiton movie set with your guide and discover famous sites such as the party tree and the hobbits’ dwellings. Head through the forests of the Mamaku Ranges to Rotorua, and admire top attractions like the Bath House and Government Gardens. In Te Puia, see the famous Pohutu geyser and learn of Maori traditions and culture.
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  • 7 hours 30 minutes
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$178.60
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$178.60

Deluxe small group Cruise Day Tour, Rotorua, Tauranga & Mt Maunganui highlights

Deluxe small group Cruise Day Tour, Rotorua, Tauranga & Mt Maunganui highlights

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Easily explore the area outside the Port of Tauranga during this guided tour that includes port pickup and drop-off. First visit a New Zealand kiwi orchard, and get the chance to taste the native fruit yourself. Catch sight of natural wonders such as Okere Falls, Blue Lake, and Whakarewarewa Forest before going to taste New Zealand honey at a local farm (time permitting).
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  • 6 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$78.18
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$78.18

Tauranga Shore Excursion: Rotorua Wai-O-Tapu Plus Te Puia Geothermals

Tauranga Shore Excursion: Rotorua Wai-O-Tapu Plus Te Puia Geothermals

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This Tauranga shore excursion allows cruise passengers to explore Whakarewarewa and Wai-O-Tapu—one of New Zealand’s most colorful and diverse geothermal attractions. With a guide in the lead, there’s no need to worry about navigation, just take your time visiting geothermal landscapes and famous geysers. After a morning in Wai-O-Tapu, visit the Living Maori Village, and take a drive through Rotorua—also known as “Sulphur City” for its sulfur-rich air.
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  • 7 hours 30 minutes
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$142.74
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$142.74

Shore Excursion: Geothermal Rotorua with Maori Cultural Performance at Whakarewarewa

Shore Excursion: Geothermal Rotorua with Maori Cultural Performance at Whakarewarewa

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When your cruise ship docks in Tauranga, head out for a full-day tour of Mt. Maunganui and Rotorua. In Rotorua, learn about Maori culture, and see geothermal hot pools and the Pohutu Geyser at Whakarewarewa—The Living Maori Village. Sample New Zealand specialties such as manuka honey and kiwi fruit, and spend time checking out highlights including Lake Rotorua and Government Gardens.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$106.88
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$106.88

Hobbiton, Rotorua and Te Puia: Small Group -Auckland Return or Rotorua Drop Off

Hobbiton, Rotorua and Te Puia: Small Group -Auckland Return or Rotorua Drop Off

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Join this tour by multi-award winning Tour Company to visit two of New Zealand’s most famous attractions, the Hobbiton Movie Set and the Te Puia Geothermal Wonderland, in one return day trip from Auckland (option by arrangement to be dropped off in Rotorua) Be fascinated as the magical world of Hobbiton comes to life, take photos in front of your favourite places like the 44 Hobbit Holes, the Shire and the Green Dragon Inn. Then journey to the World Famous Te Puia which is home to remarkable geothermal features, including the famous Pōhutu geyser as well as rich layers of Māori culture, including art works, people, stories, traditions and architecture. There are lush nature trails teeming with native bird life and you will even find New Zealand iconic native flightless bird, the Kiwi Marvel at the stunning scenery en route as we journey off the motorways into the real hinterland of New Zealand. Fully guided day with one of our tour guides widely regarded for their depth of knowledge
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  • 12 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$206.30
Price varies by group size
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$206.30
Price varies by group size

Te Puia Geothermal Experience: Cruise Ship Shore Excursion Tauranga Rotorua Port

Te Puia Geothermal Experience: Cruise Ship Shore Excursion Tauranga Rotorua Port

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Discover & experience a truly special day of the geothermal wonderland of Rotorua. Witness erupting geysers, hot steam vents and bubbling mud pools on this cruise ship shore excursion from Tauranga. This valley has many stories just waiting to be shared with you. Learn about the Maori culture at the fascinating Te Puia Thermal Reserve, the magnificent Pohutu geyser, boiling mud pools, and the National carving and weaving schools. Visit the kiwi bird encounter where you can see the elusive kiwi bird. Upon leaving Te Puia, we take in the highlights of what Rotorua has to offer. The magnificent Rotorua museum building with its Tudor style design, the government gardens bursting with colour & fragrance then Rotorua lake front! Experience a working kiwi fruit orchard to learn all about this wonder fruit with taste testing of an assortment of different types of kiwi fruit products before your final journey back to your ship in plenty of time to board with this 6 hr Shore Excursion.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$100.70
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$100.70

Private Shore Excursion Rotorua/ Tauranga Maori culture, Geyser & concert

Private Shore Excursion Rotorua/ Tauranga Maori culture, Geyser & concert

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Discover many of New Zealand’s top attractions in one day on this 6-hour private shore excursion to Rotorua from Tauranga Port. Sample kiwifruit and local wines at the Kiwi 360 Center, and admire the sandy beaches of Mt Maunganui with your guide. Travel past dense forests, shimmering lakes and rolling farmland to Okere Falls. Immerse yourself in Maori culture in Rotorua, and marvel at mighty geothermal activity at Whakarewarewa or Te Puia. See famous sites such as the Government Gardens, Blue Baths and Rotorua Museum before returning to your ship.
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  • 6 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$785.39
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$785.39
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Hobbiton Movie Set,Waitomo Glowworm cave & Rotorua in a Small Group Tour.

Hobbiton Movie Set,Waitomo Glowworm cave & Rotorua in a Small Group Tour.

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Travellers with limited time will enjoy this action packed day of visiting three attractions in a private day tour from Auckland. You will enjoy your visit to the sets of ‘Lord of The Rings’ and Hobbit movies, discover how a 12 acre sheep farm was turned into a movie set, getting a glimpse of behind the scenes secrets of how the movies were made, then enjoy the countryside of scenic hills and valleys to the wonderland of Rotorua. The sight, sound and colours of the volcanic areas are amazing. The Pohutu geyser is stunning when it erupts. Waitimo Glowworm Caves is mesmerising with its thousands of Glowworms unique only to New Zealand. Your journey through the countryside of New Zealand takes in the lush greenery of rolling hillsides and scenic mountains and valleys with its different animals following New Zealand’s longest river ‘Waikato River’ to Auckland City and your Hotels.
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  • 13 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$376.56
Price varies by group size
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$376.56
Price varies by group size

Private 3 Days Tour From Auckland: Hobbiton, Hamilton, Rotorua & Waitomo Caves

Private 3 Days Tour From Auckland: Hobbiton, Hamilton, Rotorua & Waitomo Caves

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Visit all the best spots in the North Island of New Zealand in this private 3 day experience. This is ideal for all tourists that want to see as much a possible in a short time. Totally customizable itinerary to suit your requirements. • Private Transport in a Luxurious Mercedes Vehicle. • Fully certified, friendly, professional and knowledgeable tour guide. • Pick up & Drop off from Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga or Rotorua. • Auckland City Highlights. • Entry Tickets and guided tours at The Hobbiton Movie Set, Waitomo Glowworm Caves, Otorohanga Kiwi House, Te Puia Geothermal Valley. • Hamilton Gardens Visit including a 90min River Cruise. • 2 Nights Accommodation.(4 Stars or equivalent subject to Availability)  • Complimentary Snacks & Water aboard our Vehicle. • Free Wi-fi Do you have a few days after your business trip? Keen to visit all the must do attractions before or after your cruise ship adventure in New Zealand? This is the perfect adventure for you!
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  • 3 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$2,727.35
Price varies by group size
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$2,727.35
Price varies by group size

Private Group Tour of Hobbiton Movie Set, Rotorua & Waitimo Glowworms Caves

Private Group Tour of Hobbiton Movie Set, Rotorua & Waitimo Glowworms Caves

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Travellers with limited time will enjoy this action packed day of visiting three attractions in a private day tour from Auckland. You will enjoy your visit to the sets of ‘Lord of The Rings’ and Hobbit movies, discover how a 12 acre sheep farm was turned into a movie set, getting a glimpse of behind the scenes secrets of how the movies were made, then enjoy the countryside of scenic hills and valleys to the wonderland of Rotorua. The sight, sound and colours of the volcanic areas are amazing. The Pohutu geyser is stunning when it erupts. Waitimo Glowworm Caves is mesmerising with its thousands of Glowworms unique only to New Zealand. Your journey through the countryside of New Zealand takes in the lush greenery of rolling hillsides and scenic mountains and valleys with its different animals following New Zealand’s longest river ‘Waikato River’ to Auckland City and your Hotels.
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  • 13 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
From
$1,648.25
per group
From
$1,648.25
per group

The Quest for the Lost Companion - A Rotorua Adventure

The Quest for the Lost Companion - A Rotorua Adventure

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Clue Zealand adventures offer a unique way for visitors to explore Rotorua, while even locals will be scratching their heads to find the answers dotted around their home town.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
From
$27.97
per group
From
$27.97
per group

Te Puia Geothermal Valley Experience

Te Puia Geothermal Valley Experience

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Experience a personal encounter with our people, culture and place. Many magnificent geysers are active here, the most famous geyser, Pohutu (big splash or explosion), erupts up to 30 metres high depending on her mood. Mother Nature has got us firmly by the reins here with an impressive array of mud pools, boiling hot springs and gushing geysers. A must-do activity in Rotorua, and a day tour of Te Puia is the best way to experience this top visitor attraction in New Zealand.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$207.29
From
$207.29

Small group tour from Auckland to Hobbiton Movie Set & Rotorua in a luxury Van

Small group tour from Auckland to Hobbiton Movie Set & Rotorua in a luxury Van

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This Tour combination will take visitors with limited time in New Zealand to visit North island’s two most famous attractions. You will love the tour with a glimpse into the making of ‘The Lord of The Rings’ and ‘The Hobbit’ movies and marvel at how the sets were made. Your journey then continues to Rotorua the wonderland of geysers, boiling mud and water pools, the smell, colours and sights of the volcanic areas are amazing and will be memorable for every traveler long after this experience.
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  • 13 hours
  • Free Cancellation
From
$272.04
From
$272.04

Private Luxury Tour From Auckland to Hobbiton Movie Set and Rotorua for couples

Private Luxury Tour From Auckland to Hobbiton Movie Set and Rotorua for couples

This private tour has been designed for couples that require privacy and flexibility. You can make stops for photo shoots or spend extra time on locations. Travel in luxury with chauffeurs with 25 years of experience in Tours & Transfers! This Tour combination will take visitors with limited time in New Zealand to visit North island’s two most famous attractions. You will love the tour with a glimpse into the making of ‘The Lord of The Rings’ and ‘The Hobbit’ movies and marvel at how the sets were made. Your journey then continues to Rotorua the wonderland of geysers, boiling mud and water pools, the smell, colours and sights of the volcanic areas are amazing and will be memorable for every traveler long after this experience.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
From
$1,075.16
per group
From
$1,075.16
per group

Private Small Group Tour of 4 guests to Hobbiton Movie Set & Rotorua Tour - Akl

Private Small Group Tour of 4 guests to Hobbiton Movie Set & Rotorua Tour - Akl

This Tour combination will take visitors with limited time in New Zealand to visit North island’s two most famous attractions. You will love the tour with a glimpse into the making of ‘The Lord of The Rings’ and ‘The Hobbit’ movies and marvel at how the sets were made. Your journey then continues to Rotorua the wonderland of geysers, boiling mud and water pools, the smell, colours and sights of the volcanic areas are amazing and will be memorable for every traveler long after this experience. The private tour gives family or small group of friends privacy and flexibility of spending extra time at attractions and enjoying each other’s company
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  • 13 hours
  • Free Cancellation
From
$1,276.72
per group
From
$1,276.72
per group

Private Luxury Tour to Hobbiton Movie Set, Waitomo G/W Caves & Rotorua- Couples

Private Luxury Tour to Hobbiton Movie Set, Waitomo G/W Caves & Rotorua- Couples

This private tour has been designed for couples that require privacy and flexibility. You can make stops for photo shoots or spend extra time on locations. Travel in luxury with chauffeurs with 25 years of experience in Tours & Transfers! You will enjoy your visit to the sets of ‘Lord of The Rings’ and Hobbit movies, discover how a 12 acre sheep farm was turned into a movie set, getting a glimpse of behind the scenes secrets of how the movies were made, then enjoy the countryside of scenic hills and valleys to the wonderland of Rotorua. The sight, sound and colours of the volcanic areas are amazing. The Pohutu geyser is stunning when it erupts. Waitimo Glowworm Caves is mesmerising with its thousands of Glowworms unique only to New Zealand. Your journey through the countryside of New Zealand takes in the lush greenery of rolling hillsides and scenic mountains and valleys with its different animals following New Zealand’s longest river ‘Waikato River’ along the way
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  • 13 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
From
$1,146.89
per group
From
$1,146.89
per group

Rotorua Exclusive Luxury Day Tour from Auckland

Rotorua Exclusive Luxury Day Tour from Auckland

Rotorua lies at the heart of New Zealand’s Maori culture, and it’s also renowned for its thermal activity. Packing it all in during a day trip from Auckland can be cumbersome to plan, but with a private tour you’ll have the exclusive attention of your guide. Experience the geothermal wonders of Te Puia, including a steam box lunch, plus city sightseeing and surrounding lakes.
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  • 8 to 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
From
$448.29
Price varies by group size
From
$448.29
Price varies by group size

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Should I book Government Gardens Rotorua tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Government Gardens Rotorua can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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How much does it cost to visit Government Gardens Rotorua 2021?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Government Gardens Rotorua costs USD 27.97. Guided Government Gardens Rotorua tours start around USD 27.97 per person.
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