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Tauranga Shore Excursion: Waitomo Caves & The Kiwi House Exclusive Tour
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Tauranga Shore Excursion: Waitomo Caves & The Kiwi House Exclusive Tour

By Tauranga Tasting Tours
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Duration: 6–7 hours
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Live guide: English
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  • Driver/guide
  • Live commentary on board
  • Port pickup and drop-off
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • All Fees and Taxes
What's not included
  • Food and drinks


Start:Multiple pickup locations offered.
    Pickup details
    • We pick up from the Port of Tauranga, the Tauranga airport & local accommodation. At the Port of Tauranga, we will meet you at the port gate; your name will be held up on a placard. Because of last year's weather events affecting road conditions, we are having to allocate 8 hours for this tour (after disembarkation) to ensure getting clients back to port in time for ship departure.
    Hotel pickup offered
    During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included hotels.
      Airport pickup offered
      During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included airports.
      • Tauranga Airport, Tauranga New Zealand
      Port pickup offered
      During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included ports.
      • Port of Tauranga Ltd, 2 Salisbury Avenue, Mount Maunganui 3116, New Zealand
      End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

        • Not wheelchair accessible
        If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 17888P7

        • Children must be accompanied by an adult
        • Most travelers can participate
        • 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
        • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

        • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

        How much is Tauranga Shore Excursion: Waitomo Caves & The Kiwi House Exclusive Tour?
        Tauranga Shore Excursion: Waitomo Caves & The Kiwi House Exclusive Tour price starts from $1,094.65. Discover and book Tauranga Shore Excursion: Waitomo Caves & The Kiwi House Exclusive Tour on Tripadvisor
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        Tauranga Shore Excursion: Waitomo Caves & The Kiwi House Exclusive Tour cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book Tauranga Shore Excursion: Waitomo Caves & The Kiwi House Exclusive Tour on Tripadvisor
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        If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 17888P7

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        • Tauranga Tasting Tours
          97
          Tauranga, New Zealand
          Joined in February 2011
        • E2936RXlisas
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          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Kiwis!
          My husband and I had a fantastic day with Paul going to the Waitomo Caves and Kiwi House! Both stops were beyond our expectations. The day was well planned with a stop for lunch and a little wander around town.
          Written March 29, 2024
        • Franelli1
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          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Superb day
          What a fabulous day we had with Paul, his guided tour was exceptional. Showing us around Mt Manganui and Tauranga was very informative. With it being Kiwi fruit picking season, we saw them being loaded at the port, he showed us a kiwi fruit farm and explained how it all works. Onto the craft brewery where we had a tasting paddle, very nice beer, cider and gin. After visiting a lookout we had a 2 course lunch at the White House restaurant, fabulous food. Went to the only winery and was privileged to be able to have a taste of 8 wines. Back into Tauranga we stopped for a dessert and cocktail. A great way to end our tour. I highly recommend a day out with this company
          Written March 23, 2024
        • carolmPhillies
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          An enjoyable tasting tour!
          Excellent excursion with Paul. Not your everyday scenic tour, but a great local experience. A brewery stop with a tasting flight, followed by a charming lunch, then a detailed wine tasting at a local winery. We ended at the marina with a gourmet dessert and cocktail. Paul provided just the right amount of commentary; local sights, kiwi farm, etc. He was punctual, professional, and congenial. We had a nice day and would definitely recommend this tour.
          Written March 3, 2024
        • B83AR
          0 contributions
          4.0 of 5 bubbles
          Good tour maybe rearrange differently if accepting cruise passengers.
          Operator was very willing to work with out cruise ship schedule but it caused 39 min of backtracking and it wasn’t entirely clear why the lunch could not have been done before the beer and thus avoided the backtrack. Or possibly lunch at a different place but honestly lunch was one of the best we have had so I don’t think that is a good idea. Wine was good but not outstanding.
          Written January 20, 2024
        • MVoconnell
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          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Fabulous tasting tour with a great guide
          Staying with family in the Mount we had a free day, contacted Lyn on Monday night to be told there was availability for Tuesday, very responsive to enquiry. Paul picked us up at our accommodation, rang ahead of time to ensure he knew the location. Paul was a fabulous guide giving us information on the area, taking us to sample beer/cider/gin. He took us to see kiwi/avocado farms then on to lunch in a beautiful restaurant. Next stop was the winery, we sampled 8 wines to which Paul provided information and answered any questions we had. Our day finished with another beautiful restaurant stop for dessert and a cocktail, getting dropped back to our accommodation. An all round fabulous day. A small intimate group as there was only the two of us and another couple from a cruise ship. Good luck with your future trips.
          Written January 15, 2024
        • 228traceyf
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          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Fabulous tour of Waitomo Caves & Kiwi House! Highly recommend!
          Fabulous tour with Paul (owner of Tauranga Tasting Tours) .. Paul took us to the Waitomo Caves and the Kiwi House. The tour was extensive and Paul was professional and so knowledgeable! We loved the tour to see the glowworms and we even got to see a Kiwi bird at the sanctuary (very exciting because these birds are nocturnal and very elusive!). We had a wonderful day and highly recommend this tour company!
          Written November 24, 2023
        • bonniep901
          0 contributions
          3.0 of 5 bubbles
          All good but for the tour guide
          The tour was pretty good but for the unnecessary commentary from our guide Paul. He was especially harsh when describing properties now owned by The Māori and how they've done nothing with it 'as usual'. I personally did not appreciate his negative slant on the entire Māori population. He should have kept his predudices to himself. It was a real spoiler for us. The places he took us to , the caves, the Kiwi House and the honey producer were great, however his lunch spot was seedy with exceptionally poor service. I would not recommend this tour with this particular guide. Time for him to retire.
          Written March 26, 2023
        • T5184LFkates
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Amazing experience
          Excellent day on. Paul, thank you so much for the tour! The Waitomo cave is incredible! It was an informative conversation and a pleasant journey!
          Written February 24, 2023
        • MtSiView09
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Personalized Service
          As promised, we were met at the port gate by our guide, Paul Marston. As we were the only ones, we rode in Paul's beautifully maintained Toyota Crown. While disappointing that there was only one winery in the area, Paul had a full day scheduled. We started with a drive to see the area, highlighted by a high elevation lookout point, which showed off the huge port. Then a nice beer and cider tasting, followed by lunch at a marina. Full meal and drink, delicious. Then, the visit to Leveret winery. As a former wine industry employee, Paul gave an informative tasting from bubbles to reds, 8 wines, I believe. Then, back to the marina, where we enjoyed a treat and cocktail. Paul was easy and talk with and the day passed quickly. Kudos to his quick response to return my prescription eyeglasses in forgot in the car before we sailed away.
          Written January 23, 2023
        • notnicolekidman
          0 contributions
          3.0 of 5 bubbles
          A tour with attitude
          The tour guide was very knowledgeable about wine but also very opinionated to the point of being offensive. The restaurant was wonderful, but the beer stop and cocktail/dessert stops were awful. We were very disappointed.
          Written January 14, 2023
        • SuzanneA1171
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          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          A fun full day of eating and sampling local wines, beer and spirits!
          My sister and I had a wonderful time visiting a winery, a brewery, a nice restaurant, and a bar restaurant near the Marina in Tauranga. Our tour guide, Paul, was the best. He was very knowledgeable and shared local information while driving us around. Each location we visited was excellent. I highly recommend this tour if you want to get local knowledge and visit several places without having to drive!
          Written December 10, 2022
        • Fiorenzo B
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Great experience 😊
          Great experience! It was also very relaxing traveling throught the countryside. Paul, our guide/chauffeur, is a very kind person and he gave plenty of informations to us. Thank you Paul.
          Written November 1, 2022
        • Daibrial
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          A happy tummy
          Paul was an excellent guide! A Well paced day, with great quality food, wine, beer and cider throughout!
          Written April 16, 2022
        • 134martinaw
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Amazing experience
          We did wine testing and cider factory for our friends leaving party. Lyn and Paul were great! Paul had awssome knowledge about wine and was very nice to talk to. We were prety loud girls, but he didn't mind. Great experience for anyone! When my family will come over from Európe i will definitely book this tour again! Highly recommend! Thank you! Tina and girls ;-)
          Written December 30, 2021
        • Fearless12468823322
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Kati Kati and Waihi Foodie Tour - Gourmand Gallavants
          What a fun day out with like minded people. We visited a wide variety of artisans who happily shared the knowledge and back stories. We got to taste, cheese, Macadamias, wine,chocolate and a great lunch at a seaside cafe. We discovered people and food not generally known, even to the locals. Would go again.
          Written December 9, 2021
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        Robert W
        Elberta, AL86 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Feb 2020
        We chose to book this tour via Viator rather than through Viking Orion. In fact Viking did not offer a true tour of the glow worm caves. We found the tour guide, who is also the owner of Tauranga Tasting Tours, Paul just fabulous. We were in a small SUV (A very private personal tour) and rode throughout the very beautiful New Zealand Farmland (Though brown from drought). We saw many different items and Paul had significant knowledge of the Maori culture, the farm and dairy industry, Kiwi birds and fruit, glow worms, hydro power and Tauranga industry. This tour is a must. The glow worms were worth the long trip (About 2- 2 1/2 Hours). The tour was very nice. The caves are well guided and the worms were/are beautiful. We did see the pair of Kiwis in their nocturnal habitat. We had to move quickly to meet our cruise times, so we couldn't dally. We also ate local food for lunch that was quite interesting and good. This is a perfect reason why to book outside of the cruise line. The tour was priced better than most tours by Viking and was truly awesome.They got us back in plenty of time to re-embark as well. I cannot say enough good things about Paul.
        Written February 9, 2020
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        When one gets a bit older it's usually frowned on if you talk about the past too much. Tourism gives Paul a legitimate reason to reminisce about times/experiences in his life when he has grown up on a farm, sold wine, been a tourist operator etc. and draw on those experiences when answering clients' questions. It's great to have interested & interesting clients! Thanks so much for your company & review.
        Written February 10, 2020
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