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 Rotorua Tour is designed for shore excursions from Tauranga. We visit the Te Puia Maori Cultural Center for a welcome concert and tour through its extensive thermal grounds. The tour also covers a variety of different scenery en route and visits Kiwi 360, the Okeri Falls and the Government Gardens. Pick up times can be adjusted to fit with cruise-ship arrival times.
• 7 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
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 a kiwifruit orchard complete with tasting.
• 7 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. The small-group tour is limited to 12 participants for a more customized tour with your guide.
• 5.5 hours
When your cruise ship docks in Tauranga, gain insights into New Zealand's rich Maori culture and amazing geothermal hot springs on a shore excursion to Rotorua. Travel through the North Island’s spectacular countryside of rolling farmland and forest, and discover Rotorua's natural thermal phenomena of Geyers and boiling mud. Your shore excursion also takes you to Te Puia Maori Cultural Centre to watch a fascinating cultural display, and introduces you to the taste of kiwifruit at Kiwi 360. With a maximum of 19 participants, this tour provides a fun-filled small-group experience.
• 7 hours
Experience the best of Tauranga and Mount Maunganui. From its golden sand beaches, stunning views, kiwi fruit orchards, Gate Pa battle site and The Elms Mission Station - sit back while a local guide shows you why he chooses to call this place home.
• 3 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, wines 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
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