Tauranga Shore Excursion: Rotorua City Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 7 Hrs
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  • Departure Time :
    10:00 AM
  • Departure Details :
    You may start this tour at any of the stops listed.
  • Return Details :
    You may disembark at any of the available stops.
  • 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.


Discover the amazing city of Rotorua at your own pace on the Hop-On Hop-Off Explorer Bus. Travelling with the best team in the business you will enjoy all the flexibility of our easy to use timetable, with the extra care and attention from one of our driver/guides.
The scenic drive to Rotorua is approximately 1 hour, and your guide will provide an interesting and entertaining commentary along the way. This is also when you can learn more about the attractions in Rotorua that are available to visit as your guide is an expert on all there is to see and do.
There is no obligation to visit any destination - if you like you can just cruise on the coach, take a walk around (as there are plenty of things to see for free), visit the shops, or buy a picnic to enjoy by the lakefront.
About us:
Our team has been delivering world-class Shore Excursions for over 16 years - wehave over 100 years combined tour guiding experience so you know you are in capable hands.


  • Excellent value for money
  • Free port pickup and drop-off included
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Instant Confirmation

Know More about this tour

While in Rotorua the bus will make 4 circuits to 6 different stops within the city:

  • Te puia. See the famous Pohutu Geyser, geothermal pools and springs, traditional Maori culture, kiwi birds and much much more. We also stop at the adjacent Whakarewarewa Living Maori Village
  • Rotorua Information Centre (iSite) in the centre of town. The best stop to explore the shops
  • Rotorua Lakefront - adjacent to Volcanic Air helicopter/flight centre and Kawarau Jetboat
  • Polynesian spa - a world famous natural geothermal spa, which is also close to The government gardens, Bath House Museum and The blue baths
  • Kuirau park - Rotorua's unique public space where you can get a free foot-bath in the thermal water
  • Skyline Gondola and luge - ride the cable car up to a family fun attraction with amazing views and delicious food.
    Also at this stop is Rainbow Springs (2-minute walk) to see native New Zealand wildlife. OGO (a version of the famous ZORB) is a short ride away
  • On demand we can also stop at the Agrodome - home of the iconic sheep show, and Velocity Valley
Plus we can also drop passengers at Hells gate (for mudbathing) or River Rats for their Kaituna rafting trips. Both of these destinations are on the way into Rotorua, and each has a courtesy shuttle that can drop you back in the city where you can rejoin our shuttle bus and enjoy seeing the rest of Rotorua.

Also included:

  • Great deals at a number of the main attractions
  • If we have time, on the way home we will visit a kiwifruit orchard to see how this quintessential New Zealand icon is grown
  • Entertaining and informative commentary from your driver
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 vehicle with a passionate local as your host. Our guides delight in showing off our little corner of the world, and we guarantee to have you back to the ship on time!


Experienced, professional and friendly guide

Great discounts on selected attraction entry fees

Comfortable, air-conditioned transport

Full commentary

Port pickup and drop-off


Food and drinks

Destination/attraction entrance fees

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

This tour is not suitable for user of mobility scooters or wheelchairs (unless very small collapsible ones) . Folding walkers/frames can usually 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.

The driver will provide details of all destinations served by the Rotorua Explorer and you will receive the timetable for the day upon boarding

Tour departs at the time shown unless this conflicts with the ships ETA or ETD, in which case the tour will operate so that you are back in port at least one hour before sailing. Please meet us at least 15 minutes prior to the departure time

Not wheelchair accessible

Stroller accessible

Service animals allowed

Near public transportation

Most travelers can participate

Traveler Reviews

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  • 17-Feb-2020

    Long bus ride not a lot of time to do anything. The stops had limited things you could do. One stop off was all you really get.

  • 14-Feb-2018

    It's a long drive but two things made it good. First, the driver was extremely knowledgeable about the area and had a wealth of information to give us. He did it in an entertaining way that held our interest. Second, we returned via a different route. The driver was exactly where he said he would be at the time he specified so all went smoothly.

  • 25-Jan-2018

    Driver was excellent and very helpful and obliging to all the passengers. Still kept us on time schedule while still being flexible.
    Thanks Kelly.

  • 15-Sep-2017

    A good way to see this area of New Zealand. Our driver was great, took a sidetrip to a waterfall which was beautiful. He basically allowed the tourist to determine where the bus would go, drop us off and pick us up on our schedule. We went to the Sky Park in Rotorua...forget its actual name where we rode the sleds several times down the track. It was beautiful and a very fun experience. Both my wife and I are over 60 and it was easy sledding.

    We could have booked the same tour through our Cruise Ship but again Viator saved us a significant amount of money on all of our tours in New Zealand.

  • 27-Feb-2017

    This worked out very well. The driver was very knowledgeable and helpful about where we could go. He dropped different people off at their choice of venue and then picked us up to go to somewhere different. All very flexible and easy. He came back a different route so we saw more of the scenery.

  • 23-Jan-2017

    It wasn't really a hop on hop off arrangement . You had to tell the driver before you went where you wanted to go with a choice of 5 stops and then he would arrange when he could drop you off and pick you up.This meant that quite a few passengers spent long periods of time travelling on the bus and not being able to get off and just experience the area. I had read this before so I knew what I wanted and where I needed to go but so many others on the bus didn't and had a lot of wasted time. When you are short of time it is important to get the most from your day especially if you are only there for a day as a cruise stop.

  • 28-Jun-2016

    The driver was friendly, very informative and couldn and #39;t be more helpful.

  • 12-May-2016

    You can't see everything in one day so this is a good way to pick and choose the sites that are the most important. Driver was very accommodating in letting passengers go to different sites and then picking them up. Much cheaper than the cruise ship tours.

  • 24-Mar-2016

    Schedule timing was off for Saturday.

  • 22-Mar-2016

    The bus guide was friendly and knowledgeable about all stops and provided interesting information about the area to Rotorua . He accommodated everyone's request and made suggestions based on their interests. Our group went to Whakarewarewa Thermal Village and it was excellent.

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