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Shore Excursion: Geothermal Rotorua with Maori Cultural Performance at Whakarewarewa

Mount Maunganui, New Zealand

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icon7 hours  (Approx.)
Pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds


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.
  • Full-day tour to Rotorua from Tauranga
  • See bubbling hot pools and erupting geysers at Whakarewarewa
  • View a Maori dance performance and craft demonstrations
  • Take a driving tour of Mt. Maunganui and Tauranga city
  • Purchase lunch at a cafe that overlooks Lake Rotorua
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Port pickup and drop off
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Departure Point

Salisbury Avenue, Mount Maunganui 3116, New Zealand

Departure Time

8:30 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Begin your day with morning pickup from the Port of Tauranga.

Start with an overview of Mt. Maunganui, then head to Rotorua, stopping along the way to sample kiwi fruit, one of New Zealand’s top exports.

Continue by road past a redwood forest and Blue Lake on the way to Rotorua. More than 500 hot springs and 65 geysers are active around Rotorua. You'll visit Whakarewarewa, the Living Maori Village, which is home to the Pohutu Geyser and steaming hot springs, as well as Maori cultural exhibits like dance performances.

Next, drive through Government Gardens (Paepaekumana) and past the Polynesian Spa, then have lunch (own expense) at Lake Rotorua. See attractions like the Skyline Gondola and luge ride, and snap photos of Lake Rotorua from the cafe. You can sample New Zealand’s renowned manuka honey at Mossop’s Honey, before returning to Tauranga.
Pass By:  
Polynesian Spa
View Rotorua's most popular mineral bathing area
Pass By:  
Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village
Drive past this historic site
Pass By:  
Lake Rotorua
Drive past Rotorua's main lake
Stop At:  
Government Gardens
Stop and enjoy the beautiful gardens and the iconic Rotorua Museum
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Kiwifruit Country
View this amazing fruit growing and taste the Fruit juice etc
Duration: 25 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Mt Maunganui Main Beach
Stop and talk about this beautiful area, we tell how that James Cook discovered in 1769
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Waiotapu Thermal Wonderland
Discover the regions best & largest Mud pools erupting up to 1m high
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Mt. Tarawera
Take in the breath taking view of Mt Tarawera and discover the History of the 1886 eruption
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Buried Village of Te Wairoa
Drive past this Historic site on the way to the Tarawera lookout
Stop At:  
Blue Lake Track
Be amazed at the beauty of this Lake
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Kuirau Park
Enjoy a soothing foo soak in the relaxing mineral waters.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Infant seats available
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Arrow Tours

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What is the maximum group size during Shore Excursion: Geothermal Rotorua with Maori Cultural Performance at Whakarewarewa?
This activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers.

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Thermal ponds
, May 2019
Our tour guides name was Chief, he was Awesome, his commentary was fabulous. The Maori show highly recommend. I would highly recommend visiting.
An unusual experience visiting the...
Margaret F
, Feb 2018
An unusual experience visiting the active Maori village with its geothermal vents. An excellent day excursion.
Excellent tour. One of the most...
Ian S
, Oct 2017
Excellent tour. One of the most interesting tours of the entire trip.
The bus provided was a last minute...
Stella C
, Feb 2017
The bus provided was a last minute rental by the local tour group. No internet as promised small annoyance, no water provided big problem as we didn't bring any as this was also promised. Bus, tour driver kept saying it's a rental for the overflow, but why is this my problem? Worse, the bus group consisted of 3 different tours, no one completely sure of where they were going. Very very disorganized. Driver kept dropping off and picking up various groups waiting. We were never sure he was going to return to get us. One of the worst Viatour bookings I have made. Previous tours I have taken with Viatour were 100 better.
Excellent shore tour for our one day...
, Feb 2017
Excellent shore tour for our one day stop in Tauranga. It is always a must-do when traveling to learn about the native people's culture and customs and about the flaura and fauna. Thoroughly enjoyed the Maori-led visit of Whakarewarewa where we learned how the 25 families still live there, how they cook their food and bath in the thermal hot springs. The Maori performance is not to be missed. Also enjoyed the kiwi tour and tastings and the drive and tour around Tauranga and into the country side. Appreciated Viator's adjusting the day of this tour when our ship was held up by high seas.
Roger tried to squeeze in as many...
James W
, Jan 2017
Roger tried to squeeze in as many stops as he could before the main attraction--Geothermal Rotorua. The geothermal site provide guides who escorted us through the park and provide brief explanations. You're close to the geyser and mud pool so the view is good. The Maori performance was 30 minutes. Our ship had a change in schedule and we had to contact the company. He was very responsive.
Excellent tour, very enjoyable and...
Pauline B
, Dec 2016
Excellent tour, very enjoyable and informative. Driver did everything to make our visit really special and went out of his way to show us the things we wanted to see.
The tour was good in that it gave...
, Nov 2016
The tour was good in that it gave insight to the Maori culture. It was amazing to see all the geothermal activity in the area. The bigger geyser didn't want to cooperate during the time we were in the village, maybe next time. The tour was as described. The tour guide met us on time. The only reason I didn't rate 5 stars, is because I had seen the haka done by a different group which performed it in a more intense manner. Overall, though, I enjoyed the excursion.

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