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

Visit two of Rotorua’s most famous sites, Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland and Whakarewarewa (The Living Maori Village), on a private tour with an informative guide when your cruise ship docks in Tauranga. Marvel at geothermal wonders such as steaming volcanic vents, boiling mud ponds and natural hot pools in an otherworldly range of colors. Then learn about Maori culture and history, and see landmarks including the Pohutu and Prince of Wales geysers during your visit to Whakarewarewa village.

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  • What's included :
    • Port pickup and drop-off
    • Driver/guide
    • Covered by Viator's worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship
    • Entry/Admission - Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village
    • Entry/Admission - Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
    What's excluded :
    • Food and drinks
    • Gratuities
  • This is a typical itinerary for this product

    Stop At: Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village, 17 Tryon Street Whakarewarewa Village, Rotorua 3010 New Zealand

    Next up, visit Whakarewarewa, an authentic Maori village that showcases the traditions of the Tuhourangi/Ngati Wahiao people. Take a tour of the village with a local Maori guide who shares the history and culture of the local people. See key sites in the village, hear stories about the geothermal environment, and learn how the villagers have harnessed the energy of the hot springs and steam vents for cooking and bathing. You may even see the Pohutu Geyser in action, as the 100-foot (30-meter) geyser erupts up to 20 times a day.

    You'll have plenty of time for photo ops and a lunch break (own expense) during your shore excursion. At the end of a fascinating day out, enjoy the scenery around Lake Rotorua as your guide returns you to the port in Tauranga.

    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, 201 Waiotapu Loop Road Rd 3, Rotorua 3073 New Zealand

    After your private guide picks you up from the dock in Tauranga, enjoy a scenic 1.5-hour drive to the Wai-O-Tapu geothermal region, home to some of New Zealand's most spectacular geothermal landmarks.

    Before the eruption of the Tarawera Volcano in 1886, Wai-O-Tapu was famous for a natural feature known as the Pink and White Terraces. The eruption destroyed the terraces and created today’s landscape of steaming hot springs, bubbling geysers and pools of vibrant turquoise, orange, gold and olive-green water.

    Take in the geothermal park on a walking tour with your guide, who shows you around Wai-O-Tapu on your choice of easy walks that last anywhere from 30 to 75 minutes. You might catch the daily eruption of the Lady Knox geyser and admire the colorful Champagne Pool and Artist’s Palette.

    Duration: 2 hours

    Pass By: Zealandier Tours, Tauranga 3149 New Zealand

    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.

  • Departure Point :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Departure Point: Outside the Port of Tauranga main pedestrian gateDirections: After disembarking your ships gangway; please proceed along the pathway marked by safety barriers which run alongside your ship to the port of Tauranga exit gates. There will be port security staff and local ambassadors along this short walkway to direct you to the gates. Our local representative will be standing outside the port gates on the grass section directly under the flag pole with a name board held high with your names on. Your driver / guides will be dressed in uniform of black trousers, white shirts and the females may be wearing some orange apparel. The vehicles will be in the car park directly behind where you will be met, which is less than 100 meters.Ports
    • Port of Tauranga Ltd (Sulphur Point), 66 Mirrielees Road, Tauranga 3110, New Zealand
    Departure Time :
    8:30 AM
    Return Detail :
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Due to uneven surfaces, this tour is not suitable for those with walking disabilities or using a wheelchair
    • Please wear comfortable clothing and walking shoes
    • Please bring sun protection and a light jacket for cooler weather
    • Pricing is per group
    • Max 5 per group
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.



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Activity ID: V-6050PRTTRGWWFDT

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