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Tauranga Shore Excursion: Rotorua Highlights

Mount Maunganui, New Zealand

From US$112.47

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 7 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
  • Pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


See the highlights of Rotorua on a full-day shore excursion from Tauranga. You’ll travel to one of New Zealand’s famed regions in the North Island, observing otherworldly landscapes and Pohutu Geyser at Whakarewarewa’s thermal springs. Visit Okere Falls at the Bay of Plenty; receive a traditional welcome at an authentic Maori village where you’ll watch a 'haka' (war dance); and view the Government Gardens, a historic bath house and more in Rotorua.
  • Rotorua shore excursion from Tauranga
  • Visit the Okere Waterfalls
  • See hot thermal springs, bubbling mud and the famous Pohutu Geyser
  • Learn Maori traditions and watch the famous Haka dance at an authentic living Maori village
  • Covered by Viator’s worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship

What's Included

  • Driver/guide
  • Live commentary on board
  • Transport by private vehicle
  • Port pickup and drop-off
  • Covered by Viator’s worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Gratuities

Meeting And Pickup

You can head directly to the meeting point, or request pickup

Meeting point

  • 2 The Mall
    2 The Mall, Mount Maunganui 3116, New Zealand

Pickup point

  • Port of Tauranga Ltd
    2 Salisbury Avenue, Mount Maunganui 3116, New Zealand

Start time

09:00 AM

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

Pickup details

Departure Point: Outside the Port of Tauranga main pedestrian gate Directions: After disembarking your ships gangway; please proceed along the pathway marked by safety barriers which run alongside your ship to the port of Tauranga exit gates. There will be port security staff and local ambassadors along this short walkway to direct you to the gates. Our local representative will be standing outside the port gates on the grass section directly under the flag pole with a name board held high with your names on. Your driver / guides will be dressed in uniform of black trousers, white shirts and the females may be wearing some orange apparel. The vehicles will be in the car park directly behind where you will be met, which is less than 100 meters.

What To Expect

Start your shore excursion with pickup from the cruise port in Tauranga, departing Mt Maunganui for a day trip through the North Island’s lake country, sprinkled with more than a dozen pristine lakes. En route to Rotorua, hear insightful live commentary on board the vehicle as you travel past the lovely waterfront and Bay of Plenty.

A short drive brings you to your first stop in the town of Te Puke, considered New Zealand's kiwifruit capital. Visit Kiwifruit Country, and learn more about this special fruit.

Next, drive past rolling farmland and pine tree forests then disembark for a brief stroll to Okere Falls, a small town popular for its waterfalls and lakefront views. Stop for lunch beside Lake Rotorua (own expense) before visiting the thermal wonderland of Whakarewarewa in the afternoon. Follow a Maori guide through a lunar-like landscape of hot springs and mud pools, and see the eruption of Pohutu Geyser. You’ll hear how the indigenous people used the jets of steam from the bubbling cauldrons for everyday functions.

Discover more Maori customs at a Maori village, starting with a traditional welcome. Enjoy a performance of song and dance, including the warlike haka. After, go sightseeing in Rotorua city. View the Government Gardens, historical bath house and natural hot springs at Whangapipiro (Rachel's Pool) as well as Lake Tarawera if time allows. 

Complete your Rotorua shore excursion with the return to Mt Maunganui, following a scenic route via the Tauranga city center before crossing the harbor bridge to the port.

Worry-free Shore Excursion:We will ensure your timely return to the Tauranga port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.

Tauranga (Pass By)

The return trip to your cruise ship at Mount Maunganui follows a different route, taking you through the region’s rolling farmland and the Tauranga City center before crossing the harbor bridge to the port.

Te Puke (Pass By)

Leaving the port at Mount Maunganui, your shore excursion begins with a trip beside the port's pristine ocean beach and waterfront. Continue to travel along past through the Bay of Plenty's beautiful farmland, kiwifruit orchards, forests of pine trees before viewing some of the many lakes in the region.

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Please wear comfortable clothing and walking shoes
  • Please bring sun protection and jackets for cooler weather
  • Worry-free Shore Excursion Guarantee
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 40 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Traveler Tips

The thermal spa and Maori village fascinating this tour is a must.
Being a genuine working village, visitors need to be respectful of the people.
We'll worth the money spent to have a local show-casing her lovely part of NZ.
208 reviews
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Great visit to Rotorua
Perry_S, Feb 2023
This was a great excursion with a number of scenic stops and an entertaining time at the Maori Village. Our guide Jan wad friendly and knowledgeable.
Exemplary service
rdevgh, Dec 2022
Jane was great! Our ship was delayed by 1.5hours - but the tour still accommodated all of us. Even with the compressed schedule, we were shown all the places, albeit a bit rushed(no fault of the tour). The knowledge of the guide was great!
Great Rotorua tour
Kathryn_C, Dec 2022
Going to the Living Mauri village and seeing the geysers was great but also learned about kiwi growing, manuka honey and a lot of things about the area Steven was a great guide!
Can't be blamed
pang, Dec 2022
It is a pleasant trip, the guide Joseph did a very good presentation during the tour. The geyser we saw is great.
Tauranga Shore excursion
Michelle_M, Dec 2022
The tour was well organized. Stephen was a great guide very knowledgeable & helpful. We enjoyed the whole tour. We didn't get to go to the falls as we rang out of time as we were on a cruise & needed to get back to ship.
Great tour!!
Lynne_P, Nov 2022
Seeing the Living Māori Village and how they use the geo-thermal pools in their village to cook and bath was amazing!!! We also saw waterfalls that were stunning!
Response from Host, Dec 2022
HI Lynne, thankyou for sharing about your wonderful days outing for others to read about. This is greatly appreciated by all. Wishing you many more wonderful travel experiences.
Rotorua Highlights
Lynn_B, Oct 2022
Jan our guide. Jan was very friendly and knowledgeable. Loved the Mahdi village and show ( which included the Haka).
Response from Host, Oct 2022
Hi Lynn, thankyou for taking time to feedback your positive experience on your shore excursion to Rotorua's living Maori village with your tour guide Jan. This was our 2nd cruise ship visit in nearly 3 years - NZ is very slowly retuning to a new normal of post pandemic and we are so gratful to have visitors such as yourself come to visit us. Thankyou again
A great day off the ship!
Christina_B, Oct 2022
The Māori village tour and show was the highlight of our trip. We also saw kiwi trees and had kiwi snacks
Response from Host, Oct 2022
Hi Christine, thankyou so much for taking the time to share your positive experience with everybody - this is very much appreciated - it has been a very long time - nearly 3 years, since we have hosted cruise ship passengers and we were so happy to welcome you back - we know we still have a lot of work to do within our country's tourism industry to get back up on top of things but we are working hard to deliver a great experience to our wonderful visitors such as yourselves. We really appreciate you taking time to post. Warmest regards Jan Davies Company owner Zealandier Tours
Rotorua Highlights
Marjorie_S, Apr 2020
Our tour guide was Stephen. He was great and gave us a lot of information. There were ample stops to take pictures. This was our first experience of booking a tour outside our cruise ship. The information about the meeting place was clear. It was so refreshing to be on a smaller van with less than 15 people. It was obvious this tour group knew what they were doing and ran a very professional tour.
Geoffrey_W, Mar 2020
Duncan did a great job in looking after the group and we enjoyed the tour overall with plenty of time to experience The Living Maori Village Geoff UK
Just So-So
Kenneth_C, Mar 2020
Tour guide was German on a NZ excursion and not always easy to understand. Not punctual, often standing around talking when all guests were onboard and ready for departure. Little valuable information. Very strong sulfur smell at Rototura and most unpleasant. Scenery was so-so. Would take the excursion again at half the price.
Great Original NZ Experience
David_V, Mar 2020
Rotorua was a great experience. Being able to walk through a working village with several hot springs boiling away was something everyone should see when visiting NZ. The guides are local and live there at the village. Being a genuine working village, visitors need to be respectful of the people. All up a terrific day out in NZ.
Great tour.
Ginny, Mar 2020
Great tour of the area and a great tour guide! We felt like we got to see and experience everything in the area. Our tour guide, Jan, grew up in the area and did a fabulous job.
The BEST excursion.
Linsey_F, Mar 2020
What can I say......Stephen was just the perfect Tour Guide for this excursion. His knowledge, humour and care for each of us was exemplary. He made our experience so memorable, with every stop having more interesting facts to share. His jokes/stories, kept us in fits of laughter. He set us workable boundaries regarding free time, shopping etc. and went out of his way to care for the less able in the group. After our Maori Village tour, Stephen passed round hand sanitisers....and evening hand cream! He really made our day and a most memorable trip. Would recommend 100%. Just wish I could remember even 1 of his jokes. 😂😂
Good Day
Good, Feb 2020
Commercial stops Honey and Kiwi fruit farm I could have done without. Especially the Honey shop where bathrooms were roped off despite being advised it was our first toilet stop. The rest of the day was great. Jan our guide was terrific, the village tour exceeded my expectations. A good day and learnt a lot about Maori culture
simon_H, Feb 2020
What a fantastic excursion Graham are driver was first class great commentary of the area. Nice trip to kiwi farm delicious ice cream. The thermal spa and Maori village fascinating this tour is a must. Well organised thank you to all concerned
H_S, Feb 2020
Very enjoyable day. Rolf was very informative and a huge amount of content was packed into the day. It compared well with similar trips which cost more and included less
Great day trip with lots of Rotorua highlights
Teresa_C, Feb 2020
Great day trip on coach where we saw the Manuka Honey shop, kiwi farms, geothermal activity, and a Maori village.
Excellent trip
William_D, Feb 2020
A brilliant day. Our tour guide/driver was excellent, very knowledgeable. The Maori Village and hot pools was very good. All in all very good value and well worthwhile. Highly recommended.
Amazing Trip
Julie_B, Feb 2020
We had a great day time on this trip and saw many exciting things. Stephen our bus driver was very knowledgeable and most helpful.