Tauranga Shore Excursion: Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland and Whakarewarewa Maori Cultural Village

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Tauranga Shore Excursion: Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland and Whakarewarewa Maori Cultural Village information and booking

8 hours
Departs from
Outside the Port of Tauranga main pedestrian gate
Returns to
Returns to original departure point
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Tour description provided by Viator

Experience the amazing geothermal activity of hissing steam vents, bubbling water and boiling mud when your cruise ship is in port in Tauranga. Explore Wai-O-Tapu’s thermal wonderland of turquoise hot springs and see Pohutu Geyser blow its top at Whakarewarewa thermal village, New Zealand's only authentic living Maori village. This shore excursion takes you to the Rotorua region’s two most famous geothermal sites, revealing Mother Nature’s majestic power.

After being picked up at port in Tauranga, enjoy the 1.5-hour scenic trip to the Wai-O-Tapu geothermal region, home to New Zealand's most diverse and spectacular volcanic activity.

Choose from a range of easy walks, from 30 to 75 minutes, winding past hot springs and bubbling geysers. Admire pools of vibrant turquoise, green, gold and olive-green water, including the spectacular Champagne Pool, with its steaming and fizzing mineral-rich waters.

Keep a lookout for the daily eruption of the Lady Knox geyser, spurting hot water high into the sky from its conical white mound.

Your shore excursion continues to Whakarewarewa, New Zealand's only authentic living Maori village. Enjoy a guided tour of the living thermal village, and learn how nature's hot springs and steaming vents have been tamed over the centuries and used for cooking and bathing.

Learn about Maori customs and traditions on your guided tour, and see the amazing Pohutu Geyser explode into life. The world-famous 100-foot (30-meter) geyser erupts up to 20 times a day.

Relax on the return journey to your cruise ship at Mount Maunganui port.

Worry-free Shore Excursion:
We will ensure your timely return to the Tauranga port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.

What's included

  • Port pickup and drop-off
  • Driver/guide
  • Entrance fees
  • Covered by viator's worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship

What isn't included

  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities (optional)