Rotorua Geothermal Wonderland & Maori Cultural Excursion

special offer banner Rotorua Geothermal & Maori Cultural Tour from Tauranga
Excursion Highlights:
  • Experience the Rotorua geothermal wonderland and Pohutu Geyser
  • Learn about Maori culture at an authentic village
  • Marvel at Mount Maunganui
  • Sample local kiwifruit and Manuka honey products
  • Witness thrilling kayaking at Kaituna Rapids
Price: $199.00   Sale Price: $179.00   Save: $20.00
Children (Ages 3 and under) are free but must be accounted for.
Choose Options My Cruise Itinerary
Shore Excursion Size ? Small
Shore Excursion Type Cultural, Active, Scenic, Cuisine
Shore Excursion Duration 7 Hours 30 Minutes
Activity Level ? Moderate
Shore Excursion Leaves From ? Cruise Ship Pier
Food/Beverage Provided Tastings of kiwifruit and Manuka honey products are included.
Recommended Dress We recommend comfortable layered clothing and sensible walking shoes. A hat, a light jacket, sunscreen, and sunglasses are also suggested.
Restrictions Guests must be able to walk on paved, gravel, and packed dirt surfaces with a slight incline. Tour is not wheelchair accessible.

Rotorua Geothermal Wonderland & Maori Cultural Excursion

Departing the pier, you will travel around the Mount Maunganui inner harbor, then along the main surf beach and pristine waterfront of New Zealand's number one seaside resort. Continue past the suburbs and dairy farmland before coming to Te Puke, the kiwifruit capital of New Zealand. You will stop at a kiwifruit country orchard, where you will be able to taste various products made with this amazing fruit. You'll then make a stop at a producer of New Zealand's famous export: Manuka honey. You'll learn about what makes this delicious honey so special, and taste it for yourself.

Your first stop will be a kiwi fruit orchard, where you'll learn about our kiwi fruit industry and sample a variety of products.

Our route continues through farmland and pine-forested areas, both of which contribute significantly to the region's overall income. We make a brief detour to view native New Zealand fauna and make a brief stop to watch adrenaline junkies paddle their kayaks and rafts through the Kaituna Rapids and falls. We move on to Rotorua after passing Lake Rotoiti and Lake Rotorua , two of the region's 16 lakes.

Before transporting you to the highlight of your day visiting Rotorua's unique Geothermal Wonderland we offer you a brief lunch break that is not included. You will go on a tour of a Maori village and the Whakarewarewa Thermal region. A living village in a landscape of hot thermal springs, bubbling mud pools, and geothermal activity that is erupting. The well-known Pohutu Geyser can be found here. Hosted by a wonderful Maori guide from the area, and experience a people who have come to live in peace in this one-of-a-kind environment full of geothermal wonders.

Learn first hand how the geothermal activity is used in everyday life by using natural mineral waters for communal bathing and cooking with steam vents and hot springs. Meet the people who call Whakarewarewa Village their home and are always happy to teach you about their hobbies and knowledge. Learn about the culture and traditions that have been passed down through the generations. After visiting the ancestral home, Whare Tupuna, a fully carved meeting house, you'll be treated to a traditional Maori welcome, traditional songs, dances, and fighting skills, including the well-known Haka. A concert you shouldn't miss.

As we depart the welcoming community and continue the journey through Rotorua City to see theformal Government Gardens, the well-known Rotorua Bath House and Museum, and Rachel's Spring, which continuously boils at 212 degrees Fahrenheit.

We then return back to Mount Maunganui at the end of an incredible day of travel and exploration to meet your ship at the port of Tauranga prior to it's time to sail.

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4.5 Stars4.7 / 5  |  104 ReviewsReview This Tour
Rotorua geothermal Tour
February 25, 2023
Our tour guide Jan was very knowledgeable and made our tour enjoyable. She was very friendly and we learned a lot about the Maori culture, Kiwifruit farming and the geothermal and how the people use it daily for bathing and cooking. Would recommend Shore Excursions highly!
Reviewer: Roberta Baker
5 Stars
Fascinating look at a different lifestyle
February 19, 2023
The trip was more focused on a Māori cultural experience. We’ve seen geothermal features at places like Yellowstone, so it was very interesting to see a village of people living among the geysers and fumaroles and using them to cook and bathe. The dance and music was nicely done. We also made quick stops at a kiwi farm, a park, a waterfall, and a shopping mall for a short lunch (not included).
Reviewer: Diane Duran
4 Stars
Great tour!
January 06, 2023
Excursions were well organized. Transportation, drivers/guides were excellent and Pickup on time and they all got us back to the ship well on time. I will always use SEG on all my future trips.
Reviewer: Alwin Noronha
5 Stars
Wonderful Full Day
December 01, 2022
The local tour group hosting this tour, Zealandia, has knowledgeable and accessible guides with great insights into the daily life and historical highlights of the area. Our visit to the Maori village was highly respectful of the peoples, and we left with much more interest in learning more. The experience was full of information with a personal touch by Jan, our guide!
Reviewer: Deborah Grundman
5 Stars
nice excursion
November 19, 2022
I really enjoyed the cultural show. The tour had the right amount of people on it. The food stop was good. The tour guide very nice. A great day!
Reviewer: susan kingham
4 Stars
Wonderful trip
April 20, 2020
I loved the visit to the Maori Living village, seeing how the Maori lived. The visit to the kiwi farm was also interesting for me. It was a wonderful day.
Reviewer: Margaret McRae
5 Stars