Rotorua tours. Tauranga shore excursions.

Te Whakarewarewa Valley

Shore Excursion from Tauranga

Small group shore excursion from Tauranga Port

Deluxe Cruise Ship Shore Excursion To Rotorua Including A Two Course Lunch

Tour Description:

The Living Māori Village is the oldest “whanau” (family) owned and operated tourist attraction in New Zealand, and New Zealand’s first recognised tourism operator in New Zealand with guiding of international visitors to the World Famous Pink and White Terraces at Lake Tarawera in the early 1800’s. 

Whakarewarewa or Whaka as it is known, is an authentic Māori village which sits in a valley on an active geothermal plateau.

 The valley has in excess of 500 hot pools & springs and at least 65 geyser vents, the most famous being the “POHUTU GEYSER” which explodes up to 30 metres in the air around 20 times per day. 

Other geysers include the prince of wales feathers and the papakura geyser. A number of geothermal pools have also been named by the people, these include papakohuru (murderous rippling waters) and Korotiotio (the grumpy old man).  The Tuhourangi – Ngati Wahiao people who reside in the village have been guiding and proudly sharing their history and heritage with visitors, dignitaries and royalty from around the world for over 200 years. 

International dignitaries who have visited Whakarewarewa include Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Phillip, as well as Eleanor Roosevelt the US First Lady. 

Steeped in Māori culture, history and tradition the Living Māori Village showcases a way of life that has not changed in hundreds of years, despite the modern appliances and amenities. 

The Village is currently home to over 20 families (4th to 5th generation), with daily life for the Villagers including cooking in the geothermal pools and steam vents, heating their homes from the geothermal waters as well as bathing in the geothermal waters which is said to be both therapeutic and relaxing. 


After leaving the village enjoy a sumptuous  two course lunch at a highly regarded restaurant which includes unlimited coffee and teas!

We then drive through Rotorua lake front with its many black swans, its Tudor-style museum and rose garden, and Rachel's spring. Then stop at the Redwood forest to experience the giants and the peaceful atmosphere they create. Learn about the silver fern and its relevance as the symbol of New Zealand. 

Leaving Rotorua we make one last stop to visit a working kiwi fruit orchard, to learn how this wondrous fruit became established here in New Zealand. Surprisingly it's not a native plant but an interesting story explains it all! You will have the chance to taste test different varieties and discover numerous products made from kiwis, while learning a little knowledge about why this fruit thrives here! 

Then return back to your ship to wish you Bon Voyage! 

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  • Adult $135.00 NZD        Child (5yrs - 15yrs) $120.00NZD
  • This tour includes a complementary two course lunch with unlimited teas and coffee
  • Price includes all entrance fees, pick up and return to the port of Tauranga
  • This tour operates as a pre booked tour only with no bookings on the day Booking in advance is essential! to secure your seats.