THIS IS A SMALL GROUP TOUR AND INCLUDES ALL OF YOUR ENTRANCE FEES!
You will be picked up directly from the port gates and board one of our modern 2017/2018 small group minivans, being a small group allows us to move about more flexibly & efficiently and enjoy a more personal and friendly tour.
Explore the Living Maori Village, where you'll hear from a local descendant about Maori history, customs, and craft traditions. Discover and experience a truly special day of the geothermal wonderland of Rotorua, with geysers, steam vents, hot pools, Maori culture and a performance show not to be missed including the world famous Haka.
We then take a leisurely drive around the highlights of Rotorua, taking in the beauty this town has to offer. Walk among the giant tree at the Redwood forest a real favourite stop on this tour. Visit the Tudor style design museum, the government gardens, the lake front and a tour through the kiwi fruit orchards.
- This Is a Pre Booked Tour only, ensuring a quick departure for you!
- All entrance fees and cultural show are included in the price.
- Pick up time is flexible (dependent on your cruise ship arrival and departure time).
This is a small-group tour which makes for more friendly and personal service.
We start your journey from the Port of Tauranga, where we will be there to greet you. A sightseeing drive around the beautiful area of Mount Maunganui. Take in the sights of the bustling coffee shops, small designer boutique, breathtaking white sandy beaches, and the impressive mount. Leaving the coast, we head to Rotorua driving through the countryside passing stunning lakes, deep forestry, and the first hints of geothermal activity.
Upon arriving at the Living Maori Village, you will be greeted by a friendly, local guide who is a direct descendant of early Maori who have shaped tourism in New Zealand for generations. Experience an authentic Living Māori Village, where people live on a daily basis using the natural geothermal resources to cook, bathe, and heat their homes. View the geothermal wonders of Whakarewarewa valley up close and personal, including the world famous Pohutu geyser, boiling mud-pools, steam vents, and bubbling pools. Develop an understanding of the history of the area as you learn what it is like to live in the challenging environment of the Whakarewarewa Valley, where daily life includes cooking in the bubbling pools and steam vents, and bathing in the refreshing therapeutic waters.
After your guided tour, you will be treated to a cultural performance like no other. Each performance includes Waiata (or songs) of history, Patere (rhythmic chants), stick games, poi dancing, and the world-famous HAKA war challenge. Many of these talented performing artists have followed in the footsteps of their parents and grandparents as Māori performers.
After leaving the village, then drive through Rotorua lake front with its many black swans, its Tudor-style museum and rose garden, and Rachel's spring. Then stop at the Redwood forest to experience the giants and the peaceful atmosphere they create. Learn about the silver fern and its relevance as the symbol of New Zealand.
Leaving Rotorua we make one last stop to visit a working kiwi fruit orchard, to learn how this wondrous fruit became established here in New Zealand. Surprisingly it's not a native plant but an interesting story explains it all! You will have the chance to taste test different varieties and discover numerous products made from kiwis, while learning a little knowledge about why this fruit thrives here!
Then return back to your ship to wish you Bon Voyage!
Our goal is to show you the major sights and take you where you’d like to go on your own, but might not have the access or opportunity to plan yourself.