Te Puia Geothermal Experience: Cruise Ship Shore Excursion Tauranga Rotorua Port

Discover & experience a truly special day of the geothermal wonderland of Rotorua.
Witness erupting geysers, hot steam vents and bubbling mud pools on this cruise ship shore excursion from Tauranga.
This valley has many stories just waiting to be shared with you. Learn about the Maori culture at the fascinating Te Puia Thermal Reserve, the magnificent Pohutu geyser, boiling mud pools, and the National carving and weaving schools. Visit the kiwi bird encounter where you can see the elusive kiwi bird.

Upon leaving Te Puia, we take in the highlights of what Rotorua has to offer. The magnificent Rotorua museum building with its Tudor style design, the government gardens bursting with colour & fragrance then Rotorua lake front!

Experience a working kiwi fruit orchard to learn all about this wonder fruit with taste testing of an assortment of different types of kiwi fruit products before your final journey back to your ship in plenty of time to board with this 6 hr Shore Excursion.

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Duration 6 hours
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  • What's included :
    • Air-conditioned vehicle
    • Entrance fees
    • Port pick up & drop off
    • Driver guide with full commentary onboard
    • Entry/Admission - Te Puia
    • Entry/Admission - Kiwifruit Country
    What's excluded :
    • Lunch
  • This is a typical itinerary for this product

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

    Te Puia dials up the heat with explosive performances from Pōhutu (Big Splash), its famous geyser which erupts around 20 times a day, spurting hot water up to 30m skyward. You’ll know when it’s about to blow because the adjacent Prince of Wales’ Feathers geyser will start up shortly before. Also here is the National Carving School and the National Weaving School, where you can watch the students at work.

    Your visit include's an informative guided tour of the entire complex, which also features a wharenui (carved meeting house), a recreated precolonial village, a nocturnal kiwi bird enclosure and the Whakarewarewa valley thermal zone, including major geysers, bubbling mud, steam vents and hot pools.
    After the tour you're welcome to wander around at your leisure. The gift shop gives you the opportunity to buy genuine Māori art and craft, along with beauty products made from mineral-rich mud.

    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Blue Baths, Government Gardens 1 Queens Drive, Rotorua 3010 New Zealand

    The Stunning Art Deco Heritage Building, the Blue Baths opened in 1933. Having been stylishly refurbished this Spanish inspired building with geothermally heated pools

    Duration: 10 minutes

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

    In the late 1800s, the Maori people gifted 50 acres of this land to the Crown "for the benefit of the people of the world". The land was a geothermal area with several therapeutic pools. Formal gardens were planted and several large trees remain from those early days, including multi-trunked Japanese firs and an unusual Californian weeping redwood. Following the ratification of the original gift in 1883, the reserve was vested in the Government of New Zealand in 1898 as an area where the thermal waters could be used and promoted as a health spa similar to those in Europe.
    Today, the Rotorua Lakes Council operates a nursery in Government Gardens which annually produces 420,000 bedding plants for display within the city’s 150 flower beds.
    The Gardens also provide facilities for bowls, croquet, petanque and golf.
    The magnificent Rotorua museum building with its Tudor style design, and rose gardens bursting with colour & fragrance.

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: Kiwifruit Country, 35 Young Road, Te Puke, Paengaroa 3189, New Zealand

    A chance to visit a working kiwifruit orchard and learn about this wondrous fruit and how it all became part of the New Zealand landscape!
    Our stop here allows for fast testing of different varieties of fruit along with an assortment of jams, chutneys, and various drinks on offer.

    Kiwifruit thrives in the Bay of Plenty with its unique combination of a temperate climate, close proximity to the ocean, volcanic ash soils and landforms make this the ideal place to grow kiwifruit and allows for a last stop on the way back to your cruise ship.

    Duration: 30 minutes

  • Departure Point :
    Port of Tauranga Ltd, 2 Salisbury Avenue, Mount Maunganui 3116, New Zealand
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Please walk along the wharf (there is only one way to walk) Go through the Port gates, where you will see a representative with a name board with " NEW ZEALAND DISCOVERY TOURS" & your name on It!Please allow time for boarding your vehicle! As the tour leaves at the allocated time!Ports
    • Port of Tauranga Ltd, 2 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
    • Near public transportation
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers
    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
    • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • 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 time of the experience.



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Organised by New Zealand Discovery Tours Limited

Activity ID: V-42230P50

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