Departure Time: 09.00am
Tour departure time will be adjusted to accomodate arrival/departure times of your cruise ship if needed.
This excursion is solely for cruise ship passengers.
This tour is an eye-opening experience to witness first hand the geothermal forces that lie underneath this land and is the only place in the world, where the people live amongst the geothermal activity and utilise it for there everyday life, to cook, bathe and heat their homes. Along with local highlights, Redwood forest and New Zealand’s kiwi fruit orchards.
On arrival at the port, we will be waiting for you just outside the port gates. We first leave the port heading along the beach front of Mount Maunganui’s beautiful coastline and one of the best beaches in New Zealand, observe the abundant coffee shops, cafes, small boutiques along with breath taking scenery, After leaving the beach front we head into the countryside as we make our way to Rotorua we journey through lush countryside traveling by stunning lakes, deep forestry and the first hints of the geothermal area we are traveling too.
"Te Whakarewarewa Valley"
In Rotorua, your friendly guide – a local Maori descendant of early Maori guides who have shaped tourism in New Zealand for generations – will take you on a tour to experience an authentic Maori village where people live daily using the natural geothermal resources to cook, bathe and heat their homes. We walk around a strange and unforgiving landscape and experience a journey where history, culture, and nature collide, where local Maori’s showcase their vibrant Maori culture in a performance of dance and song, a show not to be missed!
Even the architecture tells a story with Maori carvings and structures that hold deep cultural significance's. You will see bubbling mud pools, steam vents, boiling pools and erupting geysers including the largest in the southern hemisphere. Learn how the residents utilise and respect the ever-changing forces beneath their land.
After our morning experiences we relax with a two-course lunch at one of Rotorua's highly regarded restaurants with unlimited teas and coffee and a choice of menu.
Rotorua Highlight's and Kiwi Fruit Orchard
After lunch we drive the Rotorua lake front with its many black swans, The Tudor-style museum, Fragrant and beautiful rose gardens, The Blue Baths and Rachel's springs. On our journey heading back to the Port we stop at the Redwood forest to experience these giants and the peaceful atmosphere they create. Learn all 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 kiwi fruit, while learning a little knowledge about why this fruit thrives here!
We head back to the port and where we wish you bon voyage !
Culture & Highlight's tour
Official Maori Guide around Te Whakarewarewa
Small Group Deluxe tour
Personal Driver/guide with onboard commentary
Entrance fees & Cultural show performance
Two Course Lunch with Unlimited Teas and Coffee
Port pickup and drop-off
Cold Bottled NZ Water
Guaranteed return to ship on time every time!
This tour includes pickup, transport, entrance fees to Te Whakarewarewa Valley
Official guides and includes the cultural performance (including the Haka)
Adult $145.00 NZD
Child $125.00 NZD
Booking in advance is essential! to secure your seats.
Click date of departure then click "book now" where additional adults or children can be added to the tour!
Shore Excursions cancellation policy:
If you cancel at least 7 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
If you cancel between 3 and 6 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
If you cancel within 2 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
Please note if your ship changes time of arrival or departure time we may change the tour time to accommodate the new times, Please check email/text/phone within 24hrs of tour departure! (please give email/phone number you will be using on vacation/holiday)