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Tauranga Shore Excursion: Rotorua Highlights

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Tauranga, New Zealand
Tauranga Shore Excursion: Rotorua Highlights

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icon7 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
Pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds


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.
  • Rotorua shore excursion from Tauranga
  • Visit the Okere Waterfalls
  • See hot thermal springs, bubbling mud and the famous Pohutu Geyser
  • Learn Maori traditions and watch the famous Haka dance at an authentic living Maori village
  • Covered by Viator’s worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship
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Live commentary on board
Transport by private vehicle
Port pickup and drop-off
Covered by Viator’s worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship
Food and drinks, unless specified

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Departure Point: Outside the Port of Tauranga main pedestrian gate
Directions: After disembarking your ships gangway; please proceed along the pathway marked by safety barriers which run alongside your ship to the port of Tauranga exit gates. There will be port security staff and local ambassadors along this short walkway to direct you to the gates. Our local representative will be standing outside the port gates on the grass section directly under the flag pole with a name board held high with your names on. Your driver / guides will be dressed in uniform of black trousers, white shirts and the females may be wearing some orange apparel. The vehicles will be in the car park directly behind where you will be met, which is less than 100 meters.


  • Port of Tauranga Ltd (Sulphur Point), 66 Mirrielees Road, Tauranga 3110, New Zealand

Departure Time

9:00 AM
Start your shore excursion with pickup from the cruise port in Tauranga, departing Mt Maunganui for a day trip through the North Island’s lake country, sprinkled with more than a dozen pristine lakes. En route to Rotorua, hear insightful live commentary on board the vehicle as you travel past the lovely waterfront and Bay of Plenty.

A short drive brings you to your first stop in the town of Te Puke, considered New Zealand's kiwifruit capital. Visit Kiwifruit Country, and learn more about this special fruit.

Next, drive past rolling farmland and pine tree forests then disembark for a brief stroll to Okere Falls, a small town popular for its waterfalls and lakefront views. Stop for lunch beside Lake Rotorua (own expense) before visiting the thermal wonderland of Whakarewarewa in the afternoon. Follow a Maori guide through a lunar-like landscape of hot springs and mud pools, and see the eruption of Pohutu Geyser. You’ll hear how the indigenous people used the jets of steam from the bubbling cauldrons for everyday functions.

Discover more Maori customs at a Maori village, starting with a traditional welcome. Enjoy a performance of song and dance, including the warlike haka. After, go sightseeing in Rotorua city. View the Government Gardens, historical bath house and natural hot springs at Whangapipiro (Rachel's Pool) as well as Lake Tarawera if time allows. 

Complete your Rotorua shore excursion with the return to Mt Maunganui, following a scenic route via the Tauranga city center before crossing the harbor bridge to the port.

Worry-free Shore Excursion:We will ensure your timely return to the Tauranga port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.
Pass By:  
The return trip to your cruise ship at Mount Maunganui follows a different route, taking you through the region’s rolling farmland and the Tauranga City center before crossing the harbor bridge to the port.
Stop At:  
Te Puke
Leaving the port at Mount Maunganui, your shore excursion begins with a trip beside the port's pristine ocean beach and waterfront. Your first stop is Te Puke, New Zealand's kiwifruit capital, the Kiwifruit Country. Then, travel through the Bay of Plenty's beautiful farmland, past forests of pine trees, and stop to take a short walk to Okere Waterfalls, home to rainbow trout, eels and freshwater crayfish.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village
Continue into the North Island’s lake country, where more than a dozen beautiful lakes dot the countryside. Your tour includes a stop for lunch beside lovely Lake Rotorua (own expense). In the early afternoon, visit the unique thermal wonderland of Whakarewarewa, an amazing landscape of erupting hot springs, bubbling mud and the famous Pohutu Geyser, which erupts up to 20 times a day. Take a walk with a Maori guide to hear how people came to live in harmony with this volatile environment, learning to use the boiling cauldrons and jets of steam for everyday purposes such as cooking and communal bathing. After learning about Maori traditions and culture, see this way of life in action when you visit New Zealand's only authentic living Maori village. Experience a traditional Maori welcome with songs and dances, including the famously warlike Haka dance.
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Government Gardens
Complete your Rotorua shore excursion with a tour of Rotorua’s highlights, including the Government Gardens, historic bath house and natural hot springs at Whangapipiro (Rachel's Pool).
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Zealandier Tours
Worry-free Shore Excursion: We will ensure your timely return to the Tauranga port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Please wear comfortable clothing and walking shoes
  • Please bring sun protection and jackets for cooler weather
  • Worry-free Shore Excursion Guarantee
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 19 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Zealandier Tours

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the maximum group size during Tauranga Shore Excursion: Rotorua Highlights?
This activity will have a maximum of 19 travelers.

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Traveler Tips

  • "The thermal spa and Maori village fascinating this tour is a must." See review
  • "Being a genuine working village, visitors need to be respectful of the people." See review
  • "We'll worth the money spent to have a local show-casing her lovely part of NZ." See review


195 Reviews

Reviews by Viator travelers

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Rotorua Highlights
, Apr 2020
Our tour guide was Stephen. He was great and gave us a lot of information. There were ample stops to take pictures. This was our first experience of booking a tour outside our cruise ship. The information about the meeting place was clear. It was so refreshing to be on a smaller van with less than 15 people. It was obvious this tour group knew what they were doing and ran a very professional tour.
, Mar 2020
Duncan did a great job in looking after the group and we enjoyed the tour overall with plenty of time to experience The Living Maori Village Geoff UK
Just So-So
, Mar 2020
Tour guide was German on a NZ excursion and not always easy to understand. Not punctual, often standing around talking when all guests were onboard and ready for departure. Little valuable information. Very strong sulfur smell at Rototura and most unpleasant. Scenery was so-so. Would take the excursion again at half the price.
Great Original NZ Experience
, Mar 2020
Rotorua was a great experience. Being able to walk through a working village with several hot springs boiling away was something everyone should see when visiting NZ. The guides are local and live there at the village. Being a genuine working village, visitors need to be respectful of the people. All up a terrific day out in NZ.
Great tour.
, Mar 2020
Great tour of the area and a great tour guide! We felt like we got to see and experience everything in the area. Our tour guide, Jan, grew up in the area and did a fabulous job.
The BEST excursion.
, Mar 2020
What can I say......Stephen was just the perfect Tour Guide for this excursion. His knowledge, humour and care for each of us was exemplary. He made our experience so memorable, with every stop having more interesting facts to share. His jokes/stories, kept us in fits of laughter. He set us workable boundaries regarding free time, shopping etc. and went out of his way to care for the less able in the group. After our Maori Village tour, Stephen passed round hand sanitisers....and evening hand cream! He really made our day and a most memorable trip. Would recommend 100%. Just wish I could remember even 1 of his jokes. 😂😂
Good Day
, Feb 2020
Commercial stops Honey and Kiwi fruit farm I could have done without. Especially the Honey shop where bathrooms were roped off despite being advised it was our first toilet stop. The rest of the day was great. Jan our guide was terrific, the village tour exceeded my expectations. A good day and learnt a lot about Maori culture
, Feb 2020
What a fantastic excursion Graham are driver was first class great commentary of the area. Nice trip to kiwi farm delicious ice cream. The thermal spa and Maori village fascinating this tour is a must. Well organised thank you to all concerned
, Feb 2020
Very enjoyable day. Rolf was very informative and a huge amount of content was packed into the day. It compared well with similar trips which cost more and included less
Great day trip with lots of Rotorua highlights
, Feb 2020
Great day trip on coach where we saw the Manuka Honey shop, kiwi farms, geothermal activity, and a Maori village.

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