Full-Day Shore Excursion: Geothermal Te Puia And Kiwifruit Orchard - Tauranga

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Overview

See the stunning geothermal region of Rotorua. This small group tour will take you to Te Puia to see the famous Pohutu Geyser, bubbling mud pools and a Maori cultural performance plus wood carving, flax weaving and kiwi birds. You will also see a number of other well loved Rotorua sights and a kiwifruit orchard complete with tasting.

Highlights

  • Excellent value for money
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Small-group tour
  • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
  • Free port pickup and drop-off included

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Departing from the main Port Gates at 10 am, just a few minutes walk from the ship, we begin with a short drive through the beach suburb of Mount Maunganui, past millionaires waterfront homes and golden beaches.

We pass through Te Puke where we can see acres of kiwifruit orchards - the iconic fruit of the Bay of Plenty which is exported around the world. Then it's through farmland, native bush and forested areas, past Lake Rotoiti and Lake Rotorua before arriving at Te Puia, Rotorua's most famous geothermal destination situated at Te Whakarewarewa.

Te Puia is also the Maori Arts and Crafts Institute and the location of the famous Pohutu geyser. We can visit the carving school and see craftsman at work, and the watch traditional flax weaving.

A short walk through the geothermal valley of Whakarewarewa to the mud pools, famous Pohutu geyser and the hot pools that make Te Puia unique. See New Zealand's iconic flightless bird, the Kiwi in a purpose built Kiwi-house and explore the recreated traditional Maori fortified village.

Seats are reserved for a Maori Cultural Performance; given on the Marae, in one of the few fully carved meeting houses in New Zealand, a place of special spiritual significance. Here you will see the traditional songs, dances and demonstrations of fighting skills [including the Haka] performed.

Before departing Te Puia there is time for you to buy lunch at the cafe (own expense).

Next we drive through Rotorua city to see the Government Gardens, the Rotorua Bath House exterior (the interior is closed for safety reasons), Rachel's Pool, the Blue Baths and the Polynesian Spa and other city sights depending on the time available.

Departing Rotorua, we return to Tauranga by an alternative scenic route over hills and through deep gorges.

Inclusions for Full-Day Shore Excursion: Geothermal Te Puia And Kiwifruit Orchard

  • Entrance fees
  • Experienced, professional driver/guide
  • Port pickup and drop-off
  • Comfortable air-conditioned transport

Exclusions for Full-Day Shore Excursion: Geothermal Te Puia And Kiwifruit Orchard

  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

At time of booking, cruise ship passengers must provide the following information at time of booking: ship name, docking time, disembarkation time and re-boarding time

This tour is not suitable for users of mobility scooters [unless very small collapsible ones] or electric wheelchairs. Folding manual wheelchairs can be accommodated but passengers must be able to enter a coach or minibus using the standard steps. 

Cancellation Policy
  • If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
  • Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
  • Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.
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  • The geothermal valley was expansive and very interesting. If you've been to Yellowstone National Park you won't find the geyser regularity of Old Faithful, however, the entire area is neat to visit in this part of the world. Loved seeing the Maori Arts Institute! The Maori show was similar to and as enjoyable as the one at the Oahu Polynesian Cultural Center and what we experienced on the Noordam cruise into Rotorua.
    Also enjoyed stopping for a quick visit to the Kiwifruit orchard. Our guide was knowledgeable and considerate.

  • Graham our host was informative, interesting and personable!
    Comfortable coach, easy walking and beautiful sights.
    Lunch at Te Puia poor , not enough food or staff on site, but Graham said they are doing Renos and it should improve.

  • Entire day was wonderful.

  • Very interesting tour with a very knowledgable guide that made all the difference. We learned so much about NZ and the Maui culture. Really enjoyed the Kiwifruit orchard as well. Had no idea that they grew on vines like grapes. Great job and a great tour.

  • It was good to be in a small group tour as it is much easier and more efficient.
    After a quick tour through Tauranga, we headed to the kiwifruit orchard. This was very instructive, though the sampling of kiwifruit was limited due to the number of visitors.
    Lunch at our own expense in Rotorua was in a nice location with reasonable choices. Following lunch, we made a brief stop in a city park where there are steam and mud pits right in the park. Very interesting.
    We then proceeded to Te Puia to see the geothermals and also the Maori show. The visit to Te Puia was worth the trip, seeing the geysers, the blue lagoon, etc.

  • A very enjoyable day at Rotorua visiting the hot springs and the Maori experience. We ran out of time and our Kiwifruit Orchard visit was very rushed, that was the only down side.

  • Our excursion to Te Puia was one of the highlights of our recent trip to Australia and New Zealand. Our driver, Ian, from Shore Trips and Tours was an excellent guide, providing a lot of good info about the area and culture as we drove around Tauranga, then over to Rotorua to visit Te Puia. This is an amazing place with all the geysers, bubbling mud pots, steam vents, etc. Although we've been to Yellowstone and seen this type of geothermal activity on a grander scale, Te Puia is still a great place to experience it. The grounds are laid out well and even though we were on a cruise ship and a lot of other people were there, it didn't feel crowded. We really liked the Maori cultural center and show as well. In fact, that was the highlight for me. We saw the Maori show, which was super, and toured through their carving and weaving workshops. The grounds are filled with large, impressive, detailed Maori carvings, including a 60-ft. long war canoe. It was a great way to learn more about the Maori culture and history. The kiwifruit orchard was interesting but Te Puia was definitely the highlight of this outing.

  • Our guide was amazing, he squeezed so much info and the sites were incredible. The one part that was very shortened was the kiwifruit orchard mostly just shopping rather than a tour, and more information. Who knew that kiwis grew on a vine. The visit to the geothermal area could not have been more spectacular...geysers were on display in full force. Coach was very comfortable, and again I would highly recommend this tour.

  • worth while experience

  • This was a great day out to he highly recommended. The driver was Brian and he was great told us so much interesting information about the trip and the area.
    The cultural centre was excellent and seeing the geysers in action was WOW.
    Very comfortable small coach.
    To be recommended.

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