Tauranga Shore Excursion: Rotorua Wai-O-Tapu Wonderland Plus Maori Village

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 7 Hrs 30 Mins
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  • Departure Time :
    8:30 AM
  • Departure Details :
    4 Salisbury Avenue, Mount Maunganui, Tauranga 3116, New Zealand
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    • If you cancel at least 3 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
    • If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
    • Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


Visit Wai-O-Tapu to see why TripAdvisor says it is "One of the 20 Most SURREAL Places in the World" and why itis considered to be New Zealand's most colorful and diverse geothermal sightseeing attraction. You will take a slow amble to see this unique geothermal landscape sculptured out of volcanic activity over thousands of years and take time to view the world famous Lady Knox Geyser which erupts each day at around 10:15am.
After a lunch at the Wai-O-Tapu cafe you will take a short drive back to Whakarewarewa and visit the Living Maori Village. Here, a Maori guide will take you on a 1-hour guided tour of the village to see bubbling mud pools, the Pohutu Geyser and you will be entertained by a cultural performance of dance and song including the haka.
Then, you will take a drive through Rotorua and show you the city sights before returning to Tauranga. Maximum passengers on this tour is 15.


Informative, friendly and professional guide

All entrance fees included

Free port pickup and drop-off included

Know More about this tour

Diverse landscapes and cultural delights await you on this popular combination tour. Your fully guided small group trip takes in the thermal wonderland of Wai-o-tapu, as well as Whakarewarewa Village in Te Whakarewarewa thermal valley to experience a warm welcome from the local Maori. This is the ultimate geothermal experience!

Wai-o-tapu Highlights:

  • Marvel at the diverse landscapes sculpted out of thousands of years of volcanic activity.
  • See the famous Champagne Pool, Devils Cave, Artists Palette, Sulphur Cave and many more geothermal features.
  • Erupting 20-30 metres into the air, the Lady Knox Geyser erupts at 10.15am every day (we will visit if ship times permit).
  • Home to New Zealands largest bubbling mud pool.

Whakarewarewa Highlights:

  • Experience life as a local this is a real village built amongst an active geothermal valley. An insightful 1 hour tour of the village with one of the residents is included.
  • See bubbling mudpools, boiling hotpools and the ever-playful Pohutu Geyser. You'll soon understand why Rotorua is nicknamed 'Sulphur City'!
  • Enjoy an authentic 30 minute cultural show by Te Pakira one of Rotoruas leading performace groups. See songs, chants and poi dancingas well as the famous war dance the Haka.
  • Learn how the Maori people have adapted to life in this unique landscape using nature to help in everyday life. Youll be amazed how useful the hot springs can be!

On top of all this:

  • Enjoy all the famous sights of Rotorua city including Government Gardens, the Bath House, Rachel Spring and the stunning lakefront.
  • Marvel at the lush Bay of Plenty countryside passing forests, lakes, orchards, beaches and more. We even stop at a kiwifruit orchard so you can see first-hand how these furry icons are grown.

About us:

Our team has been delivering world-class Shore Excursions for over 16 years. It all started with owner Ian - one man and a beloved Rolls Royce car. Today, the number of vehicles and tours has changed, but the philosophy hasnt every customer is treated like one of the family, and we will make sure you have an unforgettable day. We have over 100 years combined tour guiding experience so you know you are in capable hands (and if youre lucky you may even get to travel with Ian he still loves to get behind the wheel!).

Travel on a modern, air conditioned van with a passionate local as your host. We specialise in small groups to allow an intimate and personalised experience. Every tour is guided and commentated from start to finish - our guides delight in showing off our little corner of the world. And, we guarantee to have you back to the ship on time!


Port pickup and drop-off

Professional and friendly guide/driver

Air-conditioned vehicle

Entry to Whakarewarewa the Living Maori Village

Entry to Waiotapu

Entry/Admission - Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village

Entry/Admission - Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland


Food and drinks


Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Not wheelchair accessible

This tour requires some walking on well-made but unsealed paths, gentle inclines and some steps

The tour is not suitable for user of mobility scooters or wheelchairs (unless very small collapsible ones). Folding walkers/frames can be accommodated but passengers must be able to enter a minibus using the standard steps. You must advise us at the time of booking if you are bringing any mobility device - failure to do so may result in you not being able to take the tour.

As the Lady Knox Geyser erupts at 10:15am everyday, you may not be able to see the eruption if the tour departure time does not suit.

Comfortable clothing and flat shoes are recommended

This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers

Traveler Reviews

  • 06-Jan-2020

    This was a long tour, but a great day. We were picked up right outside the gates of the cruise port so it was very easy to find. The drive (which was long) had some stunning scenery and the driver was quite knowledgeable of the area. Lady Knox geyser was unfortunately a bit lack-luster that day (due to the activity earlier in the weeks before with the White Island volcano erupting). We then visited the Wai-O-Tapu wonderland which was fun to see, especially the Champagne Pool (but it does smell terrible so be aware of that!). Following this was the Maori Village which was really cool, we have done cultural tours like that before and are often disappointed, but this was not the case this time! On the way back to the ship we also stopped at a Kiwi orchard and a building that I think was a museum (which was a little pointless). Overall though a good tour for the price.

  • 30-Dec-2019

    The driver worked hard to take us around but I wished we had spent more at the Wai-O-Tapu, only 1/2 hr not enough. So much to see. Should had spent less time at the Whare. Mario Village instead. But overall is nice!

  • 17-Mar-2018

    Excellent guide in Andy. He kept us informed throughout the entire day. The kiwi farm was really interesting, as were the Maori village and geysers. Fun-packed day,