Tauranga Shore Excursion: Rotorua Geothermal Wonders

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 7 Hrs
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  • Departure Time :
    9:30 AM
  • Departure Details :
    Our tour vehicle and driver will be located just outside the pedestrian port gate, a short walk from the ships gangway, beyond the Information Marquee. A Best Deal Tours representative will be standin.. read more
  • Return Details :
    The Port of Tauranga
  • 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.


Enjoy a full-day, small group tour to Te Puia in Rotorua to experience the world-famous Pohutu Geyser, and more than 500 natural geothermal wonders.Rotorua is the Geothermal Wonderland of New Zealand and a "must visit" destination for any Tauranga cruise ship passengers.
View the Government Gardens, lakefront, scenic and city sights as well as the wildlife, redwood trees, the crystal clear waters of Hamurana Springs, and theand the spectacular Okere Falls.


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

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Your scenic drive from the Port of Tauranga takes you from Mount Maunganui through the beautiful New Zealand countryside to arrive at Te Puia in Rotorua the home of bubbling mud pools, hot pools, the world famous Pohutu geyser, and the New Zealand Arts and Crafts Institute. There are not many places in the world where geothermal activity is as extensive and accessible as right here and your Maori guide will take you on a tour of this incredible natural wonder. This valley is alive with bubbling mud pools, erupting geysers, and hissing steams including the world-famous Pohutu and the six neighboring geysers in an area known as Geyser Flats.

You will have the opportunity to view the endangered Kiwi bird in their own specially lit house. Your visit directly helps with conservation efforts for this iconic bird that is so special to New Zealand. You will also experience a Maori cultural performance including traditional songs, the captivating poi dance and the world-famous haka (war challenge) with the opportunity for visitors to take part in a more intimate Maori cultural experience only available at Te Puia. Lunch is not provided however there is time to purchase food and beverages at Te Puia.

Enjoy lunch at Te Puia (not included) before re-boarding your vehicle and traveling into Rotorua to see the main sights of this geothermal city including the famous Government Gardens, Blue Baths (a historic bath house), Rachel Spring (a boiling hot pool reaching temperatures of up to 100degC), lakefront and scenic sights.

Your journey draws to a closestopping to viewthe spectacular Okere Falls and a scenic drive viewing thelocal highlights, pristine coastline, kiwifruit orchards, and more.You will arrive at the Port of Tauranga passenger gate at least an hour prior to your ship sailing time.


Full commentary by an experienced tour driver

Maori Cultural Performance

Carving School and the Weaving School

Rotorua tour

Port pickup and drop-off


Food and drinks, unless specified


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.

Please note: The order of sites visited may vary. In the event of scheduling changes with ship arrival or departure, we reserve the right to alter the itinerary to accommodate these variations.

Don't forget to bring your camera.

Traveler Reviews

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  • 13-Jan-2020

    Easy to find the guide on the pier. Met us just as we came off the ship. It was almost a private tour as not many signed up. The geothermal park was great. I wish we could have spent more time there.

  • 02-Jan-2019

    Our guide, Dave, was great. Very knowledgeable about the area and the nicest man you will ever meet. Day went perfectly as planned and we were back at the cruise terminal in plenty of time. Same itinerary as the cruise ship tour at half the price. I guess a lot depends on the guide, but our experience was 100% positive.

  • 05-Mar-2018

    Enjoyable trip. Be prepared for some steam spray and , of course smell

  • 03-Mar-2018

    Well run tour. Our driver was excellent giving all the information required. Rotorua was worth the visit with the natural wonders and local show was also good. It's a full day out but worth it

  • 22-Feb-2018

    Geothermal stuff was interesting and enjoyed seeing the Kiwi fruit farm. I never realized the fruit grows like grapes.

  • 13-Feb-2018

    We booked this excursion on Jan 4, 2018. The voucher and subsequent emails all indicated a 10:00 am departure even though our ship was getting in around 7:00 am. We didn't question it since nothing in their emails indicated anything else. Well, we get off the ship around 9:15 and walk to the meeting location. Since it was early, we weren't too concerned when we didn't see anyone there. We asked a few other tour operators and they said to just wait where we were. As it got closer to 10:00 am, we started to get concerned when we didn't see anyone from this tour company. We asked another local guide to call the phone number we had and we were finally able to get a hold of someone after several attempts. Well, surprise - they left at 9:00 am. Apparently, an email was sent sometime in DECEMBER notifying people of the time change but they NEVER changed it on the website. Thankfully, David from Royal Coach tours was going to be heading in that direction and offered to take us there with another couple that was going. They notified the drivers that we were on the way but when we got there, we had to look and wait for the driver to come an get us so we could get in and finally start our excursion. VERY disappointed in how this was handled. We never received an apology and they kept saying how it wasn't their fault...they are only the drivers. While the geothermal springs were very nice and we had a great guide, the fact that we missed the whole first portion of this trip was very unprofessional and poorly handled. Again, thankful David was there to help us out or we would have missed this entirely.

  • 10-Feb-2018

    This was a very enjoyable day starting with a drive through the countryside and a visit to a Kiwifruit farm. Tasting of the fruit and juice and information on their production. From there we continued onto Rotorua. We visited the beautiful gardens and viewed the historic buildings. Then onto see the Geothermal wonders and a cultural show. The show was well presented and then we walked around the park viewing the various mud pools and geysers. Spectacular. A full day but back in plenty time for our ship's departure.

  • 16-Jan-2018

    Our trip left an hour earlier than we were advised. We did not have phone reception so even though the agent tried to call that was of no use. Karen the tour operator was very off hand and really unhelpful. She wanted us to upgrade to a tour which we had already done. Anyway, after paying more money, another driver took our group of 4 as I had booked 2 separate tours and both had left an hour early!!!. I am very disappointed with this experience. Martin the driver of our tour was very good.

  • 03-Jan-2018

    Nice drive through the countryside from Tauranga to Rotorua. Great guided your of the thermal area and interesting cultural performance by local Moaris. Also included a visit to the local park which has numerous thermal pools

  • 29-Dec-2017

    It was a great day.Driver interesting. Scenery was very good

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