Tauranga Shore Excursion: Rotorua Wai-O-Tapu Plus Te Puia Geothermals

Visit Wai-O-Tapu to see why TripAdvisor says it is "One of the 20 Most SURREAL Places in the World" and why it is considered to be New Zealand's most colorful and diverse geothermal attraction. You will take a leisurely walk to see this unique geothermal landscape sculptured out of volcanic activity over thousands of years and take time to view the world famous Lady Knox Geyser which erupts each day at 10:15am.

After lunch (own cost) you will take a short drive back to Whakarewarewa and visit the Living Maori Village. Here, a Maori guide will take you on a 1-hour guided tour of the village to see bubbling mud pools, the Pohutu Geyser and you will be entertained by a cultural performance of dance and song including the haka.

Then, you will take a drive through Rotorua and show you the city sights before returning to Tauranga.

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Duration 7 hours 30 minutes
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  • What's included :
    • Port pickup and drop-off
    • Professional and friendly guide/driver
    • Air-conditioned vehicle
    • Entry to Whakarewarewa Living Maori Village
    • Entry to Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
    • Entry/Admission - Te Puia
    • Entry/Admission - Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
    What's excluded :
    • Food and drinks
    • Lunch
  • This is a typical itinerary for this product

    Pass By: Mt Maunganui Main Beach, Marine Parade, Mount Maunganui, Tauranga New Zealand

    Travel past the golden shoreline of New Zealand's most-loved beach as we travel out of Tauranga and towards Rotorua.

    Stop At: Okere Falls, Okere Falls, Rotorua District, Bay of Plenty Region, North Island

    See the world's highest commercially rafted waterfall at this picturesque bush-clad lookout.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Pass By: Lake Rotorua, Rotorua New Zealand

    Continuing on we skirt past more stunning lakes - including the North Island's second largest - Rotorua. The lakes we see were formed as part of volcanic eruptions!

    Stop At: Te Puia, Hemo Road, Rotorua New Zealand

    Rotorua is famous for it's Maori culture and abundant geothermal activity - and thus a visit to Te Puia is a must for anyone wanting the best Rotorua experience. See Pohutu and Prince of Wales Feathers' geysers explode, plus bubbling mud pools, hot springs and more. Enjoy a 45 minute cultural performance (including the famous haka!). Your driver will guide you around this fascinating location where you can also see kiwi birds in a purpose built enclosure, and experience more culture at the arts and crafts school. This is a destination you won't forget!

    Duration: 2 hours

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

    In the afternoon we visit New Zealand's most colourful geothermal attraction - Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland. Here you can see the famous Champagne Pool, plus many other intriguing geothermal features with interesting names such as Devil's Pool and The Artists Palette. The area is also home to New Zealand's largest boiling mud pool, and there is evidence of geothermal activity around every turn.

    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Government Gardens, Queens Dr 9 Queens Dr, Rotorua New Zealand

    On the way back to port we will visit Rotorua's interesting city centre. Here we will be able to get some great photo opportunities including some historic and interesting sights.

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: Whangapipiro Rachel Pool, Queens Drive Government Gardens, Rotorua 3010 New Zealand

    Not far from Government Gardens is Rachel Pool - another one of Rotorua's interesting geothermal features.

    Duration: 5 minutes

    Stop At: Kiwifruit Country, 316 State Highway 33, Paengaroa 3189 New Zealand

    On the way home (time permitting) we will stop at Kiwifruit Country. Set in a working kiwifruit orchard, here you can try different varieties of kiwifruit and sample a range of unique products. The area is home to New Zealand's kiwifruit industry, and you will see some of the thousands of hectares of orchards that fill the surrounding district.

    Duration: 10 minutes

  • Departure Point :
    4 Salisbury Avenue, Mount Maunganui 3116, New Zealand
    Departure Time :
    9:00 AM
    Return Detail :
    Returns to original departure point
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • This tour requires some walking on well-made but unsealed paths, gentle inclines and some steps
    • The tour is not suitable for user of mobility scooters or wheelchairs (unless very small collapsible ones). Folding walkers/frames can be accommodated but passengers must be able to enter a minibus using the standard steps. You must advise us at the time of booking if you are bringing any mobility device - failure to do so may result in you not being able to take the tour.
    • Comfortable clothing and flat shoes are recommended
    • This tour runs with a minimum of 4 fare paying passengers. We will advise on the day if the minimum hasn't been met, and offer alternative options if necessary
    • Stroller accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • Please purchase a ticket for all travelers in your group - including 'purchasing' a ticket for all infants. NZ transport law requires us to count all heads on board. One child or infant max per adult ticket.
    • This is a Pre Booked Tour Only!
    • No sales on the day of the Tour!
    • This tour is for passengers arriving on a cruise ship into the Port of Tauranga
    • Please ensure you provide a contact phone number and/or email address that you will have with you and/or checking whilst on holiday so any last minute tour time changes can be notified
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • 9am is the regular tour start time. This may be adjusted for early/late arriving ships. We will advise any time change at time of booking.
    • 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
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
    • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
    • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
    • QR codes unique to each tour vehicle
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • If you cancel at least 3 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
    If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.



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Organised by Shore Trips and Tours

Activity ID: V-9218P22

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