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Full-Day Small-Group Rotorua Shore Excursion From Tauranga

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Mount Maunganui, New Zealand
Full-Day Small-Group Rotorua Shore Excursion From Tauranga

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icon6 hours  (Approx.)
Pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds


When your cruise ship docks in Tauranga, experience the wonders of New Zealand's North Island in a small group on this full-day tour to Rotorua. Take in sights such as Mount Maunganui, Sulphur Bay on Lake Rotorua, hot springs around Rotorua, and places of importance to the Maori people. Taste fresh kiwi fruit at an orchard, stroll through the Redwood Forest, and admire the manicured grounds of Government Gardens. Your small-group tour includes guide, entrance fees, air-conditioned transportation, and port pickup and drop-off.
  • Full-day small-group Rotorua shore excursion, from Tauranga
  • Sample fresh kiwi fruit at a kiwi orchard
  • Take in Lake Rotorua, Mount Maunganui, Redwood Forest, Government Gardens, and more
  • See boiling mud pools, hot springs, volcanic lakes, and waterfalls
  • Hear about the silver fern of New Zealand and its importance to Maori people
  • Includes guide, transportation, entrance fees, and port pickup and drop-off
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Experienced professional guide
Fully Guided Tour with commentary
Port pickup and drop-off
Air-conditioned vehicle

Departure Point

1 The Mall, Mount Maunganui 3116, New Zealand

The meeting point for passengers off the cruise ships is on the grass by the flag poll just outside the port pedestrian exit gate on Salisbury Avenue. If you are not travelling on a cruise ship then this is still the meeting point unless you have made an alternative arrangement with us.

Departure Time

9:30 AM

Tour departs within walking distance of the cruise port

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Family friendly tour
  • Tour departure time may change due to early and/or late ship arrivals and departures
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately. We suggest layers with hats and sunscreen
  • You must provide your own infant/baby seat if required.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Cruise Tours Tauranga
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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  • "Would have liked maybe 5 minutes to take photos at the Government House and/or Sulphur Point but understand that sometimes places are busy and parking can be an issue, so that was no big deal really." See review
  • "It's too long drive out to Rotorua in my opinion, at least an hour and a half." See review


120 Reviews

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A most wonderful day. You’ll be glad you chose this tour!!
, Apr 2020
The tour itself and the tour guide could not have been more wonderful. Very knowledgeable about the area, took us to all the great sights. It was very well paced for our unfortunately short shore day. We did tons that day and saw soo many beautiful sights - all very diverse. Some of our fellow travelers did not show up for the tour at the assigned time so we left without them after waiting about 40 minutes. We were about 35 minutes into our tour when the driver got a call that they had finally arrived. I felt they should have just lost out on their money for the tour. One of them was ill but I’m not sure why the other 7 or so could not have been on time. The problem is that once you accommodate this type of group they continue to expect it. they were always late back to the vehicle with no regard for our time. anyway the tour guide handled them well and made a great day for all of us. Redwood forest = amazing!!
icon Response from Host , Apr 2020
So sorry that the behaviour of the other group [who were delayed and made late by an unwell family member] made the day less than 100% for you. We do our best to accommodate all of our guests and from memory on this day [one of the last of the season due to COVID-19 shut down] the ship was leaving quite late that day so we did have time available to push the return time out a bit, so i think we showed you all that was in the itinerary. We will certainly be more strict with late arrivals next season. But thanks for still giving us a 5 star review. Regards Ian
Great day trip while in Tauranga!
, Mar 2020
Thoroughly enjoyed our day with Richy as our guide! Incredibly knowledgeable and informative. The geothermal park was a highlight!
icon Response from Host , Apr 2020
Pleased you had a great time, will let Richy know. He;s also now involved in our company delivering food from our local super market due to the COVID-19 shut down of tourism. What strange time we now live in. Regards Ian
Our Rotorua Journey
, Mar 2020
We were met just outside the port of Tauranga by Gary S who turned our to be our guide/driver. Gary gave us a good commentary as we made our way to Rotorua. We visited a war memorial along the Rotorua beach front then on to view mud pools where we also had a chance to relax our feet in warm water foot baths. We visited a kiwi fruit Orchard and tasted kiwi fruit flavoured ice cream. Throughout the trip Gary gave us snippets of information of areas we passed through. Gary made the trip enjoyable for all of us in the minibus. We would request for him if we come that way again. Last but not least, a big thank you to Gary S — sorry that we forgot to get his full surname.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2020
It was Gary Stickler who was the guide on your trip, he will be pleased to know you enjoyed his tour, one of the last we gave this season as the COVID-19 virus brought our shore excursions to a premature end this year. Lets hope the cruise ships will come back on 2021. Regards Ian
Rotorua day trip
, Mar 2020
Our driver Gary Stickler was excellent, provided lots of information drove very well made sure we visited all the stops and was never hurried.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2020
Gary is getting a bit of a fan club i think given the recent feedback we have been getting, so thanks for the kind comments. Regards Ian
, Mar 2020
This tour was fun and interactive, we got samples, got to see the mud pools, misty waters, foots etc. Our driver Gary (with two arms lol) was knowledgeable and fun. He even should as the silver fern and really tall trees.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2020
Thanks for the feedback, he still has two arms as far as i know! The really tall tress were the Redwood Trees in the Redwood Forest, a great place to visit. Regards Ian
Thermal scenery is the best.
, Mar 2020
Wonderful experience to visit thermal site and lunch. The coach ride is just right. Will keep Viator for future tours.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Hi, thanks for the review, pleased you had a great time on the Cruise Tours Tauranga trip to Rotorua. Viator is a neat way to find local companies in each port like us who can deliver the smaller group more personal tours, Regards Ian
Rotorua Excursion
, Feb 2020
A fabulous day , very interesting. Our guide was very knowledgable and good fun. I would recommend Viator trips to anybody. Great value for money as well.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
Thanks for your very positive review, regards Ian
Knowledgeable Guide
, Feb 2020
This was an informative day - lots of interesting places. Our guide was very friendly and extremely knowledgeable and the small group size (ten people) was perfect. The meeting point was convenient, the transportation was good and the price was far more reasonable than the tours charged by the cruise company. We particularly enjoyed the hot springs at the park and the foot bath. Would have liked maybe 5 minutes to take photos at the Government House and/or Sulphur Point but understand that sometimes places are busy and parking can be an issue, so that was no big deal really. Altogether this was an excellent "taste" of what this area of New Zealand offers
icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
Thanks for the review, yes it would be good to have longer at all locations but within the 6.5 hours the tour is usually run to then there are constraints. We do offer longer 8 hour tours but at a slightly higher cost for those clients who want a more extensive program. Regards Ian
Rotorua shire excursion
, Feb 2020
Gary is a great guide. He is knowledgeable and fun. He gave us a good look at all items on the itinerary.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
Thanks for the review, this is the level we aim for every day on all our tours. Regards Ian
Excellent tour and guide
, Feb 2020
Richie was an excellent guide. The excursion was great. A good mix of things to see and do. We recommend it. Richie is knowledgeable and shared great information. Prompt pick up.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
Thanks for your very positive review, pleased you had a good time. Regards Ian

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