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.
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 to enjoy a quick lunch before you immerse yourself into the Polynesian Spa.
Enroute to the Spa we will drive through the formal Government Gardens, the famous historic Bath House, the Art Deco Blue Baths and Rachel’s Pool, before arriving at our destination – the Polynesian Spa.
Voted as a Top 10 Day Spa in the world, Polynesian Spa in Rotorua has the most relaxing and therapeutic thermal hot pools, spas, and massage therapies. Relax in thermal tranquility rejuvenating your body and mind in this geothermal hot mineral pool spa complex.
Spa Therapies – (additional cost) facials, massage and mud – book a facial, or massage or 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. NB: These must be pre arranged prior to arrival. Subject to availability and time constraints.
When you are totally relaxed and had your fill, we will return you to Tauranga by a different route, passing through native New Zealand forest and farmland.
If time permits and you are interested, we will stop at Kaituna Rapids & Waterfalls to get a glimpse into our native NZ bush, then stop at Kiwifruit orchard to showcase NZ’s kiwifruit industry. Here you get up close to the vines, learn about the amazing health properties of this little berry, and maybe taste some various products from this fruit