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Tauranga & Rotorua Tours by Private Vehicle

Experience the best of Tauranga, Rotorua and the Bay of Plenty by pre-booking a tour by private vehicle. We provide cruise ship shore excursions for small and large groups. 

Tours by private vehicle at a glance


Choose your own destination/s


As required
Full or half day

Group Size

Any sized group
1 - 50 passengers

Departs / Returns

Salisbury Wharf,
Mount Maunganui

Tauranga & Rotoura tours by private vehicle

Experience the best of Tauranga, Rotorua and the Bay of Plenty by pre-booking a tour by private vehicle for you and your group. We cater from 1 to 50 passengers for full or half-day cruise ship shore excursions. Our private tours are also ideal for people with disabilities, special requirements and young families where flexibility is essential in your journey.

Your experienced driver/guide will welcome you as your ship docks at the Port of Tauranga. All our vehicles are comfortable and air-conditioned for a pleasurable trip to your pre-booked destinations. We'll arrange and keep to your itinerary so that you can sit back, relax, enjoy your tour. We'll make sure you're back in plenty of time before your ship sets sail. 

Choose your destinations:


Approximately 90 minutes drive from the Port of Tauranga

Rotorua is a must-see for anyone planning on visiting New Zealand. There are a great range of activities and natural sights to enjoy at any age. As your private guide, we will help you experience the best that this adventure playground and thermal wonderland has to offer. Make a booking enquiry >

Te Puia

Approximately 90 minutes drive from the Port of Tauranga

Te Puia is situated within the historic Te Whakarewarewa Geothermal Valley on the edge of Rotorua. Experience the famous Pōhutu geyser, mud pools, hot springs and silica formations and visit the New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute to learn about Māori culture and traditional arts. Make a booking enquiry >

Rainbow Springs

Approximately 90 minutes drive from the Port of Tauranga

Rainbow Springs is the perfect all-weather experience. Your private driver/guide will take you to discover a closer encounter with New Zealand's wildlife and natural bush. Rainbow Springs is also home to the National Kiwi Hatchery Aotearoa, the world's leading kiwi bird hatchery which has delivered over 2,000 kiwi chicks to date. Make a booking enquiry >


90 minutes drive from pier the Port of Tauranga. Shows starts at 1100, 1430 and 1600.

We can take you to see New Zealand's highly-rated farm experience at the Agrodome. Suitable for all ages, we'll aim time your visit with one of the famous Agrodome farm shows, where you can also meet the cast of talented animals. Make a booking enquiry >

The Elms | Te Papa Tauranga

Approximately 15 minutes drive from the Port of Tauranga

If you are looking to discover a slice of New Zealand history, visit The Elms, Te Papa Tauranga, one of NZ's oldest heritage sites. It offers a rare glimpse into the past where you can see nationally significant collections and listed heritage buildings – all set within expansive, manicured grounds. Make a booking enquiry >

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Minden Lookout

Approximately 30 minutes drive from the Port of Tauranga

On a clear day at Minden lookout you will see breathtaking panoramic views of Mt Maunganui and the Tauranga region. Be sure to take your camera to this must-see location and enjoy a slice of New Zealand's beautiful landscape. Make a booking enquiry >

Kiwifruit Country

Approximately 40 minutes drive from the Port of Tauranga

Learn about the growing process for the ever-popular kiwifruit that was once known as the "Chinese Gooseberry." Explore the lush orchards, browse for kiwi souvenirs, or enjoy an ice cream. Make a booking enquiry >


Approximately 40 minutes drive from the Port of Tauranga. Tour time by private booking.

We'll take you by private vehicle to discover the world of the honeybee at Comvita. Join a guided tour to explore the healing power of nature through New Zealand's native plants, including Manuka. Tours can be arranged by private booking, or enjoy the cafe or shop which is open daily. Make a booking enquiry >

Rotorua tours

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Drive time to be advised

Is there somewhere else in the Bay of Plenty that you’d like to visit? Ask us below to request pricing. We offer cruise ship day tours by private vehicle to many locations around Tauranga and Rotoura. We can take you where you’d like to go, and arrange it so you are back to your ship with plenty of time before departure. Make a booking enquiry >

Booking enquiry for tours by private vehicle

Please complete the form below to make a booking enquiry and request pricing. Pre-booking is essential to avoid disappointment.

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Tours by Private Vehicle Exclude

  • Entrance fees to tour destinations.
  • Meals, snacks and refreshments.

Booking Conditions

  • Pre booking is required - reserve early to avoid disappointment. 
  • Private vehicle bookings are non-refundable.
  • We will select the right sized vehicle for your booking to accommodate all passengers.
  • Vehicle type is subject availability.
  • A full day tour is required when visiting more than one destination.
  • Vehicles are air-conditioned.
  • Vehicles have English-speaking driver/guide.
  • Translators for other languages may be available upon request. Pre-booking is essential.
  • Please note that due to your ship’s arrival/departure time in port, your visiting times may change.
  • Includes pre-planned itinerary so that you are back to your ship in plenty of time before departure.
  • We reserve the right to change the timing of the itinerary.

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