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Best of Rotorua Tour

Book your cruise ship shore excursion to see the best of Rotorua. You'll visit Te Puia to see mud pools, the world-famous Pohutu Geyser, kiwi birds, traditional wood carving, weaving and more!

Your tour at a glance


Te Puia, Rotorua
Kiwifruit Orchard


6 hours

Group Size

Any sized group
1 - 50 passengers

Departs / Returns

Salisbury Wharf,
Mount Maunganui


Adult $155
Child $99

Enjoy a relaxing tour to Rotorua

Once you’ve met your driver/guide, you’ll begin your journey by learning about Mt Maunganui as you drive alongside the stunning Ocean Beach. As you travel towards Rotorua, you’ll head through Te Puke, the largest kiwifruit growing region in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Experience the geothermal natural wonders of Te Puia

We will take you to Te Puia, home to the internationally-renowned spouting Pohutu geyser. Te Puia boasts silica terraces, pools of boiling mud and dramatic steam vents that will be sure to wow - so bring your cameras on this exciting geothermal experience! 

Take in the unique and strong sulphur smell, a product of the intense thermal activity from deep within the earth. Your driver/guide will be keen to share the fascinating local lore and legends of this wonderful country. 

Visit the New Zealand Māori Arts & Crafts Institute

During your visit to Te Puia you will experience a fascinating re-creation of an early Māori village, and have time to purchase souvenirs including traditional Māori carvings in the gift shop. 

For the last 45 years, visitors to Te Puia's Māori Arts & Crafts Institute have enjoyed this unique journey into the Maori's rich heritage. The Institute’s mission has been to preserve the ancient skills and rich culture of the Māori people. Young people from across Aotearoa New Zealand are selected as apprentices. You’ll get the chance to see close at hand the students’ skills ranging from carving to weaving, along with the creation of flax skirts and patterned bodices.

Enjoy the unique and beautiful scenery of Rotorua & return to your ship in plenty of time before departure

As you start your trip back to your ship, you’ll drive through the famous Government Garden and past the Rotorua lakefront where you may see a variety of waterfowl as well as several other local landmarks.

From there you’ll head back to Te Puke to see a working kiwifruit orchard, and you’ll learn more about this popular fruit once known as the Chinese Gooseberry. After that, it’s all aboard for the final part of your tour and back to the ship.

Best of Rotorua Tour - Port of Tauranga Cruise Ship Day Tours

Key highlights

  • Visit Te Puia with entry admission included
  • See explosive geysers and traditional Māori kapa haka
  • Sightsee the Government Garden, Rotorua Lakefront and Redwood Forest
  • Learn about New Zealand’s love affair with kiwifruit
  • Relax on the drive to Rotorua in a spacious Mercedes minivan
  • Headsets are provided in the van so that you can enjoy expert commentary on the way

Booking Conditions

  • Pre booking is required - reserve early to avoid disappointment. 
  • Bookings are non-refundable.
  • We will select the right sized vehicle to accommodate all passengers. 
  • Vehicle type is subject availability.
  • All 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.
  • We reserve the right to change the timing of the itinerary.

Book your cruise ship day tour to discover the best of Rotorua

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