Take in the highlights of New Zealand's most beautiful city, Rotorua, when your cruise ship docks in Tauranga. Receive a traditional welcome at Whakarewarewa, New Zealand’s only authentic living Maori village, and explore the Rotorua region, where otherworldly geysers, lunar landscapes, scenic countryside and Maori culture come together.
• 7.5 hours
Enter a world of hobbits and hot pools when your cruise ship is in port in Tauranga. This shore excursion to Middle Earth takes you on a tour of the Hobbiton movie set, which featured in 'The Hobbit' and 'The Lord of the Rings' trilogy. Enjoy a traditional Maori welcome at the living thermal village of Whakarewarewa, and witness the astounding thermal activity of spouting geysers and steaming hot springs. If time allows, play dress ups and pose as Bilbo or Gandalf when you stop for an impromptu photo shoot in a lovely redwoods forest. With a maximum of 19 participants, this tour provides a fun-filled small-group experience.
• 7.5 hours
This wonderful tour to Hobbiton, a short drive from Tauranga, takes us to the farm selected by Peter Jackson as a setting for his Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movie masterpieces. A guided tour will bring to life scenes from the movies, plus time for lunch at the Green Dragon Pub.
• 5.5 hours
Step off your cruise ship in Tauranga and enter Middle-earth on a 2-hour guided visit to the Hobbiton movie set, featured in 'The Lord of the Rings' and 'The Hobbit' trilogies. Snap photos in front of hobbit holes and the party tree, sip a drink at the Green Dragon Inn and dress up like your favorite character during this fun-filled experience with fellow LOTR fans.
• 5.5 hours
See the stunning geothermal region of Rotorua. This small group tour will take you to Te Puia to see the famous Pohutu Geyser, bubbling mud pools and a Maori cultural performance plus wood carving, flax weaving and kiwi birds. You will also see a number of other well loved Rotorua sights and kiwifruit orchards.
• 7 hours
See, hear, smell, touch and taste on this full-day shore excursion from Tauranga. Experience the unique and special natural beauty of The Bay of Plenty. You will visit some out of the way spots that not everyone knows about and will go where the big buses don't. This tour is not a shuttle and will not drop you off anywhere to explore on your own. It is a fully guided small-group tour with a knowledgeable, fun and friendly tour guide. Along the way you will see and learn about the uniqueness that is New Zealand and you will learn about the geothermal region of Rotorua and its significance to the Maori people. Boiling mud pools, crystal clear hot springs, gushing waterfalls and stunning volcanic lakes are just a few of the sights you can expect on this lovely tour.
• 6 hours
Explore New Zealand’s Tauranga region with a private guide when your cruise ship docks in the Bay of Plenty. Your 5-hour shore excursion highlights the rolling farmland, gourmet produce, and wilderness of this tranquil corner of New Zealand. See orchards of kiwifruit, taste fresh Manuka honey, eat lunch at a country cafe (own expense), stop for photo ops, and enjoy an easy walk to a waterfall. Your informative guide shares commentary about this spectacular part of New Zealand's North Island on this personalized tour.
• 5 hours
Join this 8-hour shore excursion from Tauranga to Rotorua which includes Kiwifruit Country, Okere Falls, Te Puia, Pohutu Geysers, a Maori cultural show, our native kiwibird, and traditional carving and weaving. Rotorua is in one of the most active volcanic areas of the world and provides a unique opportunity to enjoy geysers, boiling pools, bubbling mud, Maori culture and spectacular scenery all in the same place. Travel in a comfortable air-conditioned mini-bus that is designed to comfortably seat up to 14 people. Along the way, you will also get the chance to see spectacular rapids and waterfalls, rain forest, pristine lakes and stunning beaches.
• 8 hours
This tour combines a visit to Hobbiton and Rotorua all in one day. Experience a 2-hour guided tour of the Hobbit movie set on privately owned, picturesque farmland in this hidden valley. See Hobbit Holes, Bag End, enjoy a drink at the Green Dragon Inn then on to Te Puia in Rotorua for geysers, boiling mud, a Maori cultural performance including the haka plus weaving, carving and the kiwi bird. Don't miss this fantastic day out that showcases why the Port of Tauranga is such a popular destination.
• 8.5 hours
Fly by helicopter to White Island, and slip past steaming volcanic vents and colorful sulfur formations on a guided walking tour. Soaring north from Rotorua over the Northern Lakes district, you’ll enjoy aerial views of the active crater before landing on its lunar-like landscape. Then get out to explore the abandoned mining ruins and fantastical geological features of White Island, the only permanently active offshore volcano in New Zealand.
• 3 hours