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Tauranga Shore Excursion: Rotorua Te Puia Geothermals, Maori and Kiwifruit

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    What to Expect
    Join Tauranga’s best Shore Excursion team for an unforgettable journey to Rotorua – New Zealand’s cultural and geothermal hub. This tour is a must for those wanting to see and do it all in Rotorua – this is our premier Rotorua experience.
    Entry to the fantastic Te Puia complex is the highlight of the day. Unlike many other advertised tours, the Maori cultural performance is included – as well as a dedicated and knowledgeable guide for the day.
    Your guide will share their passion and knowledge about not only Rotorua, but the Bay of Plenty region as a whole. Learn about the province and see why it is such a popular place to live.
    You will visit a kiwifruit orchard to see how this quintessential New Zealand icon is grown, as well as be taken on a tour of Rotorua’s interesting city centre – including famous landmarks such as Govt Gardens, the Bath House, Blue Baths and the lakefront. We also make a stop at picturesque Okere Falls.
    Highlights of Te Puia:
    • See geysers explode high into the air, viscous mudpools bubble away and boiling hotpools simmer endlessly. You will only get those iconic geyser photos at Te Puia where you are up close and personal with many of the geothermal features.
    • Experience an awe-inspiring cultural performance from a local Maori group. The 45 minute concert includes a powhiri (welcome) onto the Marae (meeting house), as well as traditional songs and dances. You will see the famous Haka (war dance) - guaranteed to send a shiver down your spine!
    • Spot the elusive kiwi in the nocturnal enclosure. These shy birds are our national icon and are now endangered.
    • Watch craftsmen and women learn their trade in the newly refurbished carving and weaving schools. The apprentices here are keeping their customs alive.
    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 hasn’t – 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 you’re lucky you may even get to travel with Ian – he still loves to get behind the wheel!).
    Travel in a modern, air conditioned vehicle with a passionate local as your host. We specialise in small groups to allow an intimate and personalised experience. Every tour is guided and commentated from start to finish - our guides delight in showing off our little corner of the world. And, we guarantee to have you back to the ship on time!
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    Reviewed March 1, 2019

    I really enjoyed the tour. There was some confusion, but the tour guide managed it very well. I really enjoyed seeing all the different sights in Rotorua even in the rain.

    Date of experience: February 2019
    Thank Jengstro34
    Reviewed February 25, 2019 via mobile

    Our driver/guide Keith was knowledgeable, friendly, courteous and easy going. The bus was clean and well appointed. A great day visiting Okere Falls, the geothermals, Maori village and craft training school. Plenty of time to explore.

    Thank Phillf07
    KimScanlen, Manager at Shore Trips & Tours, responded to this reviewResponded February 26, 2019

    Hello Phillf07, thank you for your review and we are pleased you enjoyed your tour to Rotorua with Keith. Kind regards Kim

    Reviewed February 12, 2019

    Booked the trip online with shoretripsandtours.com. Keith met us at the Tauranga dock and drove us around the Bay of Plenty to see Government House, Te Puia & Maori performance, Okere Falls, and the Kiwi orchard (more interesting than expected). The group fit in a...More

    Date of experience: January 2019
    2  Thank happywanderer0082015
    KimScanlen, Manager at Shore Trips & Tours, responded to this reviewResponded February 19, 2019

    Hello Happy Wanderer, thank you so much for your review. Great to hear you had a wonderful day out with Keith. Thank you for taking the time to share with others. Kind regards Kim

    Reviewed December 22, 2018

    We had the best day tour with this company and the BEST tour guide Stuart. Stuart was so informative and helpful to every ones needs. We booked this tour through Trip Advisor so we knew it would be spot on. Well actually I booked it...More

    Date of experience: November 2018
    Thank JimVicCairns
    KimScanlen, Manager at Shore Trips & Tours, responded to this reviewResponded December 23, 2018

    Hello Jim Vic Cairns, thank you VERY much for such a wonderful review. I was smiling from ear to ear reading your 'story' and you made me wish I'd been on the tour with you!! It doesn't get much better than having a perfect day...More

    Reviewed December 16, 2018

    Stuart picked us up from Cruise terminal and took us on a wonderful trip to Te Puia and surrounding countryside. Had a great time and he made sure we saw everything we could in the limited time available. There were others in our party and...More

    Date of experience: December 2018
    Thank Gloria W
    KimScanlen, Manager at Shore Trips & Tours, responded to this reviewResponded December 19, 2018

    Hello Gloria, thank you for your review and we are pleased you had a great time with Stuart. He is a great guide and knows Rotorua well so it's the perfect recipe for a fabulous day. Kind regards Kim

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