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Tauranga Shore Excursion: Rotorua Geothermal Wonders

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    Pass By: Mount Maunganui Main Beach, 3116, New Zealand

    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

    Stop At: Te Puia, Hemo Road, Rotorua New Zealand

    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.


    Duration: 4 hours

    Stop At: Rotorua Museum, Oruawhata Drive Government Gardens, Rotorua New Zealand

    Rotorua geothermal city tour – including a look at the famous Government Gardens, Blue Baths (a historic bathhouse), Rachel Spring (a boiling hot pool reaching temperatures of up to 100degC), lakefront and scenic sights.

    Duration: 45 minutes

    Stop At: Okere Falls Rd, Okere Falls 3074, New Zealand

    Your journey draws to a close stopping to view the spectacular Okere Falls.

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: Kiwifruit Country, 316 State Highway 33, Paengaroa 3189 New Zealand

    Return to Mount Maunganui with a scenic drive viewing the local 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.

    Duration: 1 hour
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    Reviewed November 10, 2018

    Very professional group tour in a new large tour van. Six of us in a group tour with a very knowledgeable guide. The pick up was easy, right outside of the port. Price was less than the ship's and the personal attention and comfortable van...More

    Date of experience: November 2018
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