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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 the geothermal heart of New Zealand, Rotorua. The next stop is a visit to the Redwood Forest where you'll take a walk among these impressive trees. There are also great examples of the unique Silver Fern of New Zealand.
 
Rotorua has a staggering 18 lakes and you will see several of them on this tour. All the Rotorua lakes are craters, calderas or valleys blocked by lava flows and they are usually nestled among steep green hills of native vegetation and are indeed spectacular. Sulphur Bay on Lake Rotorua is stunning in its own barren way. This is a unique ecological area where the birds and vegetation have adapted to the acidic conditions. Talk about why the waters are so milky and how geysers and boiling mud pools evolve. You may even see some boiling hot spots on the water’s edge and marvel at how the wildlife survives.
 
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. Your guide will point out some of the features of the gardens and stop for photos among the impressive flowerbeds. 
 
Visit the town "hot spot" and get up close to some of the most active geothermal spots. See bubbling mud pools, steaming lakes and crystal clear boiling hot springs. There is even time for 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 your feet will feel afterwards.
 
Travel back to Tauranga via steep sided gorges with great examples of NZ lowland forest. After a great day out, be taken back at the port in plenty of time to board your ship with lots of great memories and photos to remember your day.

Locations visited
Kuirau Park
Sulphur Point
Okere Falls Track
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Overview
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.
Highlights
  • Full-day small-group Rotorua shore excursion, from Tauranga
  • Sample fresh kiwi fruit at a kiwi orchard
  • Take in Lake Rotorua, Mount Maunganui, Redwood Forest, Government Gardens, and more
  • See boiling mud pools, hot springs, volcanic lakes, and waterfalls
  • Hear about the silver fern of New Zealand and its importance to Maori people
  • Includes guide, transportation, entrance fees, and port pickup and drop-off
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Reviewed 8 March 2018
Enjoyable Shore Excursion

Andy was an excellent Tour Guide explaining to his 10 passengers all we needed to know about the days events. We visited the Geothermal springs, had lunch at a café on Lake Rotorua and then proceeded to the Maori Village called Whakarewarewa Thermal Village. Following...More

Thank Ian J
Reviewed 25 February 2018
Small group tour, great day out

We were a couple of friends arriving on a cruise ship in Tauranga looking for a day tour to Rotorua. We were on a bus with a total of 16 passengers. Garry, our driver and guide, was very knowledgeable. He gave us a short tour...More

Thank SueChewy22
Reviewed 6 January 2018 via mobile
Family Private Rotorua Day Tour

Fantastic company to deal with and prior to leaving Australia I dealt with Karen the owner via email to arrange a tour that would suit and accommodate young children. We had Wendy as our guide and Wendy was fantastic and very knowledgeable. The day was...More

3  Thank Triece A
Reviewed 5 January 2018
Great day out!!

We spent a full day shore excursion in a private tour bus with 14 of us. Our guide Jeff was fantastic. Right on time to meet us off the boat he was very personable, informative and provided an interesting commentary along the way. We saw...More

Thank pryan6666
Reviewed 4 January 2018
Small group private tour from Tauranga: full and varied day out

I organised a full-day tour for my family group of 16 from our cruise ship. Karen Conroy helped me organise a suitable itinerary, including recommending sights to see and providing flexible options to meet the different needs of our group which comprised three generations of...More

1  Thank Monique M
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