Full-Day Small-Group Rotorua Shore Excursion From Tauranga

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  • Duration: 6 Hrs
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  • Departure Time :
    09:30 AM Tour departs within walking distance of the cruise port
  • Departure Details :
    1 The Mall, Mount Maunganui 3116, New Zealand
    Traveler pickup is offered
    The meeting point for passengers off the cruise ships is on the grass by the flag poll just outside the port pedestrian e.. read more
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


See, hear, smell, touch and taste on this full-day shore excursion from Tauranga. Experience the unique and special natural beauty of The Bay of Plenty. You will visit some out of the way spots that not everyone knows about and will go where the big buses don't. This tour is not a shuttle and will not drop you off anywhere to explore on your own. It is a fully guided small-group tour with a knowledgeable, fun and friendly tour guide.Along the way you will see and learn about the uniqueness that is New Zealand and you will learn about the geothermal region of Rotorua and its significance to the Maori people. We do not visit commercial geothermal reserves on this tour. Boiling mud pools, crystal clear bubbling hot springs, volcanic lakes and picturesque forests are just a few of the sights you can expect on this lovely tour.


Small-group tour

Informative, friendly and professional guide

Free port pickup and drop-off included

Excellent value for money

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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 its 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 waters 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.


Experienced professional guide

Fully Guided Tour with commentary

Port pickup and drop-off

Air-conditioned vehicle



Additional Info

Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability

Family friendly tour

Tour departure time may change due to early and/or late ship arrivals and departures

Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately. We suggest layers with hats and sunscreen

You must provide your own infant/baby seat if required.

Not wheelchair accessible

Stroller accessible

Near public transportation

Most travelers can participate

This experience requires good weather. If its canceled due to poor weather, youll be offered a different date or a full refund

This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If its canceled because the minimum isnt met, youll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund

This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers

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  • 01-Nov-2022

    Simon was an excellent guide. He was so interesting that we all kept getting out of the van to hear him despite day long apocalyptic rain!

  • 31-Oct-2022

    Despite it being a rainy day , we met our Driver , Graham, as arranged . Very friendly and knowledgeable he took us to places of interest and made the day most enjoyable. It was particularly good being just a small group tour - there were just six of us in a comfortable minibus .

  • 28-Oct-2022

    Simon was an excellent guide who entertained us stories and interesting facts throughout the trip. We enjoyed the 5 different stops throughout the day and there was a lunch stop for drinks and snacks at a reasonable price.

  • 24-Oct-2022

    Beautiful countryside. Tour operator was very informative, plenty of history and culture. Enjoyed it.

  • 22-Oct-2022

    Redwood Forest Friendly guide. Nice transport. Nice size tour group. . . . . Fair pricing. Large windows..

  • 16-Oct-2022

    The hot springs in Rotorua were nice to see and the driver took us to a couple extra photo stops which we appreciated. The drivers microphone was not working properly so it was impossible to hear his narration if you were sitting in the last 2 or 3 rows. Otherwise a very pleasant tour.

  • 18-Apr-2020

    The tour itself and the tour guide could not have been more wonderful. Very knowledgeable about the area, took us to all the great sights. It was very well paced for our unfortunately short shore day. We did tons that day and saw soo many beautiful sights - all very diverse. Some of our fellow travelers did not show up for the tour at the assigned time so we left without them after waiting about 40 minutes. We were about 35 minutes into our tour when the driver got a call that they had finally arrived. I felt they should have just lost out on their money for the tour. One of them was ill but I’m not sure why the other 7 or so could not have been on time. The problem is that once you accommodate this type of group they continue to expect it. they were always late back to the vehicle with no regard for our time. anyway the tour guide handled them well and made a great day for all of us. Redwood forest = amazing!!

  • 18-Apr-2020

    Gary Stickler, our guide, was most informative and helpful...answering a myriad of questions. The drive was delightful as we passed from Tauranga to Rotorua, w/ great stops along the way.

  • 02-Apr-2020

    this trip was ust what we were looking for. A small group and a small mini bus so very comfortable. the sites that we isted gave us an insite into life around the island. Garry S was great and managed the group perfectly he gave us enough information without being overlaoded. we enjoyed the redwood forrest and the hot springs and the waterfall was amazing. It was a great trip and well organized all round

  • 19-Mar-2020

    Ended with app 20 in our 'small' group tour. That said, bus was adequate and our guide very good. Allow for mandatory commercial stops which we thought we would avoid. Overall, enjoyed the sights - thermal features not on the scale of YNP but still very interesting and some quite different. Planted tree forests were really good as well. Many species including California redwoods commingled with giant ferns.

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