Tauranga
02/05/2020 12:00 AM
02/05/2020 12:00 AM
Sail into the Bay of Plenty to visit the port of Tauranga, watched over by the dramatic Mt. Maunganui, an extinct volcano that helped shape this spectacular region of white-sand beaches and azure waters. A walking tour introduces you to the relaxed city by bringing you to the summit of Mt. Drury, known to the Maori as Hopukiore. Or, you can explore the thermal region of Rotorua, sacred to the Maori for its bubbling mudpots, spewing geysers, silica terraces, and fumaroles.

Optional Private Excursions available for purchase

Avoid the crowds and hustle and bustle associated with a group activity. For a memorable trip ashore, we invite you to consider a private shore excursion. Enjoy the undivided attention of your own driver/guide and the flexibility of experiencing the aspects of the local culture that most interest you. Below are just some samples of the private shore excursions we can arrange for you. Give us a call or email us. Let us personalize your experience!

Rotorua - thermal and cultural highlights (ex Tauranga) - full day tour (8 hours)
Upon disembarking at Tauranga you will be met by your private guide and driver for a full day’s sightseeing tour of Rotorua tailored to suit your interests and requirements (approximately 1 hours journey).
 
Rotoruaheartland of New Zealand’s Maori culture.  Surrounded by steaming lakes, bubbling hot pools and bursting geysers, Rotorua is host to some of the worlds most incredible earth forces, capturing all that is precious and unique – feel its spirit ~ Mannakitanga.
 
Today enjoy a privately guided tour of Ohinemutu Village, the first settlement in Rotorua. Experience the lifestyle within Ohinemutu Village, see how locals have adapted to this geothermal area, and learn about the early developments of Maori settlement and tourism in Rotorua. You will view the ancestral meeting house and learn why it remains a significant gathering place to the Te Arawa people, before continuing on to St. Faith’s Anglican Church, a beautifully carved and adorned church (approximately 1 hours duration).
 
Enjoy lunch at one of the local restaurants (cost not included).
 
Continue to the Maori Arts and Crafts Institute and Te Puia Thermal Valley. See Maori people weaving traditional flax objects, and continue to the thermal area where exploding from the ground up to 30 metres high is the world famous Pohutu Geyser – an awesome display of mother nature’s power. Ten to 20 times a day it bursts into life; a tourist attraction since the early 1900’s. See silica terraces, bubbling mud pools and unique geothermal vegetation - each of the geothermal wonders is woven into a legend surrounded by memories and sometimes mystery.
 
You will be returned to Tauranga to embark your cruise vessel following your touring (approximately 8 hours duration).
Included:
  • Private transfers (from ship) and touring as noted
  • Private tour of Ohinemutu Maori Village (1 hour)
  • Entrance to Te Puia Thermal Reserve and Maori Arts and Crafts Centre
  • New Zealand Goods and Services Tax at 15%
Not included:
  • Meals

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