Entry fees & meals additional – Mud-bath & Sulpher Spa packages from: Adult NZ$90.00 Child NZ$45.00
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 8.30AM – This is a Private tour so departure time can be altered to suit.
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.
If you’d like to experience something really unique, and only available in Rotorua, New Zealand then let us guide you on an amazing journey to Hell’s Gate Thermal Park.
New Zealand is a country located on the Ring of Fire, where the earth is in continual turmoil. As you wander past erupting geysers, steaming fumaroles, mud pools and hot steaming thermal springs you will experience this first hand. After wandering through the valley you will get to experience a geothermal silky smooth mud bath, followed by a relaxing spa. The therapeutic properties of the mud and the sulphuric geothermal water are again unique to this region.
Your tour will begin from your ship, where your driver / guide will collect you. He / she will give a commentary throughout the day of all the points of interest. Your tour will begin with a drive over the Tauranga Harbour Bridge, through the streets of Tauranga City before departing to Rotorua. En route you will pass by local farmland & native bush including the Pyes Pa Canyons which is very scenic. This route was used in days gone by as the direct route to Rotorua for those who came to bathe in the thermal waters due to the healing properties. On arrival in Rotorua city you will have the opportunity drive through the Agrodome farm and Agroventures playground. See many different animals including sheep, highland cattle, emus, ostriches, goats & ducks. Then its on to visit the Jade factory and learn how the Ponaumu ( NZ Jade) is collected, cut and made into jewelry. From here it is just a short drive to the formal Government Gardens, where you can view the historic famous Rotorua Bath House and Museum , the Art Deco Blue Baths and Rachel’s Pool before we drive along the lakefront to your lunch stop destination.
After lunch we will whisk you away to the famous Hell’s Gate Thermal Park where you will enjoy a short walk around the geothermal site which will take approx 45mins. Then you will get the opportunity to experience the traditional mud bath followed by the relaxing sulphur spa. This is a spa experience which truly refreshes and revitalizes the mind and body. The treatment not only cleanses your skin leaving it clean and soft to touch but also increases blood circulation.
Your drive back to your ship will be relaxing and along a different route. If time permits we will stop at our local Kiwifruit Experience, where you will see, touch & taste our local Kiwifruit products, and experience one of the largest industries within the region. You can even do a little shopping at this point.