Shore Excursion: Geothermal Rotorua With Maori Cultural Performance At Whakarewarewa

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 7 Hrs
  • Departure Time :
    8:30 AM Tour departs within walking distance of the cruise port
  • Departure Details :
    Salisbury Avenue, Mount Maunganui, Tauranga 3116, New Zealand
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Port of Tauranga
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


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Enjoy a full-day guided tour from your cruise ship arrival in Tauranga. This tour is perfect for people wanting a great day sightseeing this diverse area including Tauranga, Mt Maunganui and Rotorua with a focus on the geothermal area with entry to Whakarewarewa, "The living Maori Village." See the stunning Pohutu Geyser and bubbling mud pool. Enjoy a 1-hour guided tour with a local guide to learn about the history and culture and enjoy a Maori Cultural Performance.
Plus much more ....
* Kiwifruit Orchard Tour with complimentary tasting
* Government gardens and Rachels Pool
* Polynesian spa
* Watch river rafting at a local Waterfall
* Beautiful Blue lake and Redwood forest
* Free Wi fi & bottled water


  • Small group ensures personal service
  • All entrance fees included
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Free port pickup and drop-off included
  • Instant Confirmation

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Your guided tour from the Port of Tauranga begins with an overview of Mt Maunganui. You will then depart towards Rotorua stopping in at the Kiwifruit Country Store along the way for a taste of New Zealands most iconic export, the Kiwi Fruit.

From a treat for the taste buds to a feast for the eyes, continue on to a bush walk at Okere Falls. Stop at the main lookout for great views. Along the way youll learn more about the cultural and spiritual significance of this breathtaking location to New Zealands Maori people. A place where thrill seekers and daredevils alike now raft and kayak over the highest commercially rafted waterfalls in the world!

Resting your feet, you will be driven down the road, passing by the stunning Redwood Forest, as well as catching a glimpse of stunning Blue Lake on the way to Rotorua itself.

Rotorua is one of the most captivating geothermal wonderlands in the world. Home to over 500 hot springs and 65 geysers, including a variety of famous geysers, hot springs and mud pools. You will have the opportunity to see them for yourself at New Zealands living Maori Village, located in the iconic Whakarewarewa Geothermal Valley where you will see world renowned Pohutu Geyser.

At Whakarewarewa immerse yourself in Maori Culture, bubbling mud pools, see the Famous Pohutu Geyser, be entertained with a Maori Cultural Show and see Weaving demonstrations.

Afterwards, you will be driven through and past the pristine Government Gardens and Polynesian Spa, before stopping at beautiful Lake Rotorua for lunch (cost additional). You then head past iconic attractions such as the Skyline Gondola and Luge ride with pristine views from the Cafe over Lake Rotorua. If your appetite isnt fully satisfied, you can drop by Mossops Honey, where youll sample New Zealands world-renowned Manuka Honey before returning to see Tauranga City and up and over the Harbour Bridge to your ship. You are guaranteed to be back at your ship in plenty of time.


Bottled water

Port pickup and drop off

Local guide

Entry/Admission - Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village



Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Infant seats available

Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level

Traveler Reviews

  • 03-Jul-2019

    Our tour guides name was Chief, he was Awesome, his commentary was fabulous. The Maori show highly recommend. I would highly recommend visiting.

  • 07-Feb-2018

    An unusual experience visiting the active Maori village with its geothermal vents. An excellent day excursion.

  • 31-Oct-2017

    Excellent tour. One of the most interesting tours of the entire trip.

  • 23-Feb-2017

    The bus provided was a last minute rental by the local tour group. No internet as promised small annoyance, no water provided big problem as we didn't bring any as this was also promised. Bus, tour driver kept saying it's a rental for the overflow, but why is this my problem? Worse, the bus group consisted of 3 different tours, no one completely sure of where they were going. Very very disorganized. Driver kept dropping off and picking up various groups waiting. We were never sure he was going to return to get us. One of the worst Viatour bookings I have made. Previous tours I have taken with Viatour were 100 better.

  • 13-Feb-2017

    Excellent shore tour for our one day stop in Tauranga. It is always a must-do when traveling to learn about the native people's culture and customs and about the flaura and fauna. Thoroughly enjoyed the Maori-led visit of Whakarewarewa where we learned how the 25 families still live there, how they cook their food and bath in the thermal hot springs. The Maori performance is not to be missed. Also enjoyed the kiwi tour and tastings and the drive and tour around Tauranga and into the country side.
    Appreciated Viator's adjusting the day of this tour when our ship was held up by high seas.

  • 01-Jan-2017

    Roger tried to squeeze in as many stops as he could before the main attraction--Geothermal Rotorua. The geothermal site provide guides who escorted us through the park and provide brief explanations. You're close to the geyser and mud pool so the view is good. The Maori performance was 30 minutes.

    Our ship had a change in schedule and we had to contact the company. He was very responsive.

  • 12-Dec-2016

    Excellent tour, very enjoyable and informative. Driver did everything to make our visit really special and went out of his way to show us the things we wanted to see.

  • 28-Nov-2016

    The tour was good in that it gave insight to the Maori culture. It was amazing to see all the geothermal activity in the area. The bigger geyser didn't want to cooperate during the time we were in the village, maybe next time. The tour was as described. The tour guide met us on time. The only reason I didn't rate 5 stars, is because I had seen the haka done by a different group which performed it in a more intense manner. Overall, though, I enjoyed the excursion.