Cruise Shore Excursions
Tauranga-Rotorua 

Overview

 

Tauranga
Long before the first Europeans arrived in the Bay of Plenty, Maori were drawn to this area by its easy access to the coast and its “fruit bowl” qualities. With a mild climate year-round, it enables produce such as kiwifruit and citrus to prosper. The region’s legendary beaches attract swimmers, surfers, families and beachcombers throughout the year. 


Rotorua

The original tourist destination in New Zealand where in the 1800’s, Europeans would set sail and make the journey to and then inland to Rotorua to view the marvellous Pink and White terraces, natural terraces that cascaded down the slopes of the volcano, Mount Tarawera, and were regarded as one of the wonders of the world. Today Cruise Passengers follow these footsteps to who come to marvel at the geothermal wonders of the district, meet and be entertained by the local Maori population and take part in the numerous outdoor adventure activities that the resort city is known for.

 

Hobbiton Movie St Tour

Was a significant location used for The Lord of the Rings film trilogy and The Hobbit film trilogy.

Situated 65KM from Tauranga Cruise Port in Waikato, and is now a Tolkien tourism destination, offering a guided tour of the set.

The Waitomo Glowworm Caves

Is a cave at Waitomo on the North Island of New Zealand. It is known for its population of Arachnocampa luminosa, a glowworm species found exclusively in New Zealand. This cave is part of the waitomo streamway system that includes the Ruakuri Cave, Lucky Strike, and Tumutumu Cave.

The attraction has a modern visitor centre at the entrance, largely designed in wood. There are organized tours that include a boat ride under the glowworms.

Rotorua’s Te Puia Geysers,
& Kiwifruit Orchard

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A six hour shore excursion to experience

Te Puia and its geothermal valley in Rotorua

From the Port of Tauranga

Visit Te Puia and its geothermal valley of geysers with the largest geyser in the Southern Hemisphere, boiling hot pools, bubbling mud & the Maori wood carving and flax weaving schools,

The kiwi bird enclosure offers a chance to see the elusive Kiwi bird, an icon of New Zealand.

Pick-up & return is directly from the port of Tauranga!

You have a Maori guide at Te Puia explaining the region you are visiting and its relevance to the region and Maori culture, then some free time to explore this fascinating valley, after which we visit the gardens and highlights of Rotorua with a stop on the way back to the port at a Kiwi fruit orchard to discover some secrets of this wondrous fruit!

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The
"Hobbiton Movie Set Tour"

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A 5.5Hr Shore Excursion with pick up/Drop off

from you Cruise terminal in Tauranga

From the Port of Tauranga

Join us on a journey of discovery to experience the magical Hobbiton Movie Set, where, in the heart of the Waikato region, you can step into the lush pastures of the Shire, as seen in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies. This tour is approximately  7 hrs! leaving and returning from Tauranga. You will learn all about how this location was chosen as the Hobbiton Movie Set (which is a great story in itself!) and how the Hobbiton Movie Set was made, plus which scenes were filmed here.

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Rotorua's Geothermal Geyser's
& The Polynesian Spa

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Deluxe small group tour combining Geothermal Geysers and Polynesian Spa Pools

From the Port of Tauranga

Experience geysers, bubbling mud pools, boiling spring and Maori culture! Not to forget the infamous Haka War dance. This is performed by one of Rotorua's leading Maori cultural performance groups. Encounter a strange landscape of sights, sounds and smells. Marvel at the way the Maori have tamed this land for their own purpose.

Next the Polynesian Spa. An internationally acclaimed spa facility, so you can pamper yourself in hot mineral pools, Enjoy this unique lakefront thermal spa experience - offering a wonderful fusion of relaxing hot mineral spring bathing, spa therapies and picturesque views of Lake Rotorua.

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Rotorua Geothermal Geysers
Kiwifruit Orchard & Redwoods

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 Shore Excursion visiting Rotorua geothermal landscape and Maori Culture

From the Port of Tauranga

A geothermal wonderland of geysers (including pohutu the largest geyser in the southern hemisphere), boiling hot pools, bubbling mud, Maori wood carvings and cultural show with song and dance including the world famous Haka a performance not to be missed.

We then take a leisurely drive around the highlights of Rotorua, taking in lake front, Redwood forest, Rotorua Tudor style design museum, Blue baths, Rachael Springs and the Government Gardens. Enjoy a tour through the kiwi fruit orchards, learn the history and experience this wonder fruit with taste testing of the different varieties, jams, juices and much more.

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Hobbiton Movie Set
& Glowworm Caves

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Private Shore Excursion Visiting The World Famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves & The Hobbiton Movie Set

From the Port of Tauranga

Two of New Zealand's most popular attractions.

The "Hobbiton Movie Set" & The Waitomo Glowworm Caves. Meander underground along the Waitomo River and gaze in silence at the myriad of glow worm lights that make up the Glowworm Grotto. You'll gently glide through the impressive underground caverns in silent darkness amid the beauty of twinkling glowworms overhead.

From here we head to The Hobbiton Movie set where you will join a fully guided tour of the Hobbiton movie set, which was created in impressive detail for the filming of the hobbit films! And where Bilbo Baggins and Frodo live! ‘The Lord of the Rings’ trilogies. Enjoy a complimentary drink in the Green Dragon at the end of your tour.

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Private Charter
Vehicle/Driver

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Deluxe Private Vehicle charter

from the Port of Tauranga

From the Port of Tauranga

Enjoy a full-day private charter to allow you to custom build your individual tour.

Travel in a luxury mini-van with dual air-conditioning and seating for up to 16 people.

Choose the places to see and activities you would like to do at your own pace on your visit when you dock at the Port of Tauranga. Explore the geothermal landscape of Rotorua the lifestyle destination of choice for professional couples, families and people that have a passion for life and the outdoors. It is New Zealand’s playground and a draw card to millions of visitors from around the world visit a Maori marae to see traditional carving, crafts, and culture shows This Private Charter includes pickup and drop-off at your cruise port, and accommodates your private group of up to 16 people

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