All entry fees
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.
Departure Time is 9 AM – Check in 15 mins prior if possible please.
Tour Departure Details: ALL our tours fit in with your cruise ships arrivals and departure times. We recognize some ships arrival times are outside of above time-frame. If your ship is one of these which arrives later into port than the departure 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.
Our first stop being at a hot thermal steamy lake in the centre of Rotorua city. Enjoy a brief walk around these hot and cold lakes side by side, and enjoy the amazing palette of colors before we continue on and immerse into Maori Culture.
Arrival at Te Puia NZ Maori Arts & Craft Centre. Due to time restraints we will guide you around the Whakarewarewa Thermal region, where you can experience Pohutu Geyser, bubbling mud and steam vents from underground. There will be time to pop into the Kiwi House and see if you can spot the NZ native Kiwi, our flightless iconic bird which is prone to extinction unless we continue with breeding programmes and pest eradication.
Then it’s off to experience a Maori Cultural traditional performance. One of our most entertaining forms of storytelling is kapa haka (Māori performance art) and other cultural performance. Every day at Te Puia, you get to hear ancient and modern stories through song, dance, poi and stick games. In earlier times, these activities provided training for agility and co-ordination for our Maori warriors.
By now you will be hungry and we will take you somewhere nice in Rotorua city to enjoy some lunch.
Before we depart the friendly local city of Rotorua we will showcase the formal Government Gardens, the famous historic Bath House, the Art Deco Blue Baths and Rachel’s Pool.
We then return 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, to showcase NZ’s Kiwifruit industry and Comvita to taste NZ Manuka honey products . 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 ladies, it’s probably your only opportunity to shop.
We will have you back at your ship at Mount Maunganui around 4.15 pm.