ALL entry fees
Not Included – Meals are additional cost to you on the day
Departure point is outside the port main pedestrian gates. Your guide will be standing outside the exit (port gates) on the grass area holding up a sign board with your names on.
Recommended Departure Time is 8.45 am
Tour Departure Details: We operate ALL our tours to fit in with the cruise ships arrivals and departure times. However, we recognize some ships arrival times are outside of this time-frame. If your ship is one of these which arrives later into port than the regular time stated, we ask that you disembark as soon as is possible and check in with your guide who will be waiting for you as per the above instructions.
Depart Port of Tauranga for Rotorua; pass over the Tauranga Harbour Bridge into Tauranga City, drive downtown Tauranga along the inner harbour before heading south. Travel past lifestyle blocks, and farm land before going through the Pyes Pa Canyons. Canyons created by man, 10 – 20-meter rock cuttings. This is a truly amazing piece of roadway. Then it’s all downhill into Rotorua.
Next we drive by the Agrodome & Agroventures playground. We usually stop to admire the local NZ sheep, along with any other animal which may be out in the fields. e.g. – Scottish Longhorn cattle, ducks, goat’s, alpacas, emu’s and ostriches. You have now seen some of our local fauna & flora, so let’s venture forth to visit the geothermal region.
The premier Maori cultural centre in New Zealand where visitors can meet & mingle with local Maori hosts. Let your guide immerse you into the hearbeat of thier land & lifestyle. Explore the geothermal wonders of the valley, observe bubbling mud pools, steaming vents and the world famous Pohutu Geyser which explodes up to 30 metres in the air. Te Puia is the New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Insitute of New Zealand, established in the 1920’s to foster the culture of the people and keep alive all traditional forms of art, observe students at work in the Carving and Weaving Schools. Experience a traditional Maori Song and Dance performance, including a traditional Maori War Welcome. Your visit is not complete without stopping in at the nocturnal house to view the Kiwi bird. New Zealands extraordinary, endangered and iconic flightless bird. Māori have always regarded the kiwi as a special bird. They believed it to the ‘hidden bird’ of Tānemahuta – the god of the forest. Come dn check it out.
By now you will be hungry and we will take you somewhere nice downtown Rotorua city or along the lakefront to enjoy some lunch.
Following this we will showcase the formal Government Gardens, the famous historic Bath House, the Art Deco Blue Baths and Rachel’s Pool, on our way to the Polynesian Spa.
Relax in thermal tranquillity rejuvenating your body and mind in this geothermal hot mineral pool spa complex. Voted as a Top 10 Day Spa in the world, Polynesian Spa in Rotorua has the most relaxing and therapuetic thermal hot pools, spas, and massage therapies.
In the Adult & Priest pools unwind in one of seven hot mineral pools ranging from 38°C to 42°C overlooking Lake Rotorua. Fed with hot mineral water from two different springs, you can choose to bathe in geothermal acidic water which is renowned for providing relief for tired muscles, aches and arthritis, or in the alkaline hot pools which have rejuvenating properties for your skin.
The Family Spa includes a large freshwater chlorinated pool (33°C) with a toddler’s section and a small hydro slide for a splashing good time. Two hot mineral pools (37°C and 40°C) overlook the large freshwater pool where families can relax while supervising their children.
Spa Therapies utilise locally sourced thermal mud for a variety of treatments that will leave your skin feeling smooth and soft, and your muscles warm and relaxed.
When you are totally relaxed and had your fill – we then return you to Tauranga by a different route, passing through native New Zealand forest and farm land. Time permitting, we will stop at Kaituna Waterfalls to get a glimpse into our native NZ bush, then at Kiwifruit Country orchard to showcase and taste NZ’s Kiwifruit industry. Here you get up close and under the vines, learn about the amazing health properties of this little berry, taste various products from this fruit and maybe enjoy a lovely local made kiwifruit ice cream.
We will have you back at your ship at Mount Maunganui around 4.15 pm.