02/15/2021 12:00 AM
02/15/2021 12:00 AM
Sail into the turquoise waters of 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. Discover the highlights of one of New Zealand's main centers for business and culture. 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!

Kiwi Encounter

This Insider Access tour is all about becoming better acquainted with New Zealand's elusive kiwi. Your tour includes a private guide that will be able to answer all or your questions about kiwi. You also get the opportunity to meet and talk with our husbandry staff.

Tours begin with a brief introduction at the incubation room and hatchery where you are able to see the equipment working. You will then continue into our ‘staff only’ areas to see the Egg preparation room and get the opportunity to see and handle real kiwi eggs. Your tour then takes you to the kitchen where the artificial diet for our kiwi is prepared. You will also see a variety of interesting food including worms and insects! A visit the brooder room is next. This is our kiwi nursery where chicks stay until they are approximately 400gms in body size. The birds are then moved to outdoor enclosures where they grow until they are 1kg. From here you will enter the indoor nocturnal area where captive kiwis of different ages are on display in a natural setting behind glass. Your tour concludes in our static display that provides a wealth of information and audio visual material about kiwi.

Insider Access behind the scenes tours are exclusive for Abercrombie & Kent guests and offer a unique insight into the valuable conservation work done for kiwi at Kiwi Encounter

Destination Guide