Shore Excursion: Geothermal Rotorua with Maori Cultural Performance at Whakarewarewa

Shore Excursion: Geothermal Rotorua with Maori Cultural Performance at Whakarewarewa

Voted our most popular Tour - This tour is perfect for people wanting a full day sightseeing this diverse area including Mt Maunganui and Rotorua with a focus on the geothermal area of Whakarewarewa, "The living Maori Village." Enjoy a 40 minute concert emphasizing the deep and colourful Maori culture  with song dance and stories.

On the way to Rotorua, marvel at beautiful beaches and multimillion dollar homes, before a 45 minute drive from the coast slowly ascending up the central plateau, through Kiwifruit plantations (we plan to stop so you can see these vines full of fruit but not ripe yet) and typical NZ pastoral farmland to our furthest inland destination, Rotorua. Take in the most popular sites of interest - Blue & Green lakes, view Mt Tarawera (erupted 1886) across the most gorgeous lake, walk through NZ native bush full of ferns and tall podocarps like an 1800's pioneer or Maori warrior. visit the mud pools of Kuirau Park, take a peek at the geysers (incl. famous Pohutu)

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Mt Maunganui Main Beach, Marine Parade, Mount Maunganui, Tauranga New Zealand

Stop and talk about this beautiful area, we tell how that James Cook discovered in 1769

Duration: 15 minutes

Pass By: Kiwifruit Country, 35 Young Road, Paengaroa 3189 New Zealand

Because of the pandemic, presently we will only be driving through areas where there are large plantations of kiwi . We will give you a comprehensive and interesting narrative on the development of this fruit in our country, a brief rundown of the techniques utilised in growing it and it's importance to our local economy

Stop At: Mangorewa River, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand

We head to Rotorua via a beautifully scenic route with excellent examples of native fauna of this region great views of the Pacific Ocean as we head down from the elevated central Plateau

Duration: 50 minutes

Stop At: Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village, 17 Tryon Street Whakarewarewa Village, Rotorua 3010 New Zealand

Entry is included into this historic world renowned bubbling geothermal village where local Maori still live today. You will be impressed by a storming 40 minute cultural performance where you will be entertained by the local Māori entertainment troupe with their natural gift for music and dance and a stomping good version of the Haka, a once seen, never forgotten war dance. The Tūhourangi Ngāti Wāhiao village people have a proud history of sharing their stories, song and dance spanning over a century, being the iwi (pronounced “eewee” tribe) that originally guide tourists at the Pink and White Terraces before it was buried in the Mt Tarawera eruption. With our special agreement with iwi (tribe) we can have a peek at the famous Pohutu and Prince of Wales Feathers geysers which put on a natural (but unpredictable time wise) display of hot gushing groundwater heated by the geothermal activity beneath it.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Stop At: Lake Rotorua, Rotorua New Zealand

We will select one of 3 fine cafes to stop for lunch, one of which you will have a fine vista of the lake and the large intricately carved meeting house (whare nui)

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Government Gardens, Queens Dr 9 Queens Dr, Rotorua New Zealand

Stop and enjoy the beautiful gardens and the iconic Rotorua Museum

Duration: 20 minutes

Pass By: Polynesian Spa, 1000 Hinemoa Street, Rotorua 3010 New Zealand

Soak in the soothing mineral waters or a mud massage only found in Rotorua. This is in a wonderful setting, but we really do recommend this as a winter attraction as most of the 10 or so natural hot mineral pools are at or close to body temperature. You can choose to sub out the Whakarewarewa concert and Geothermal walk for this if you choose at no additional cost.

Stop At: Lake Okareka Walkway, Lake Okareka, Rotorua 3076 New Zealand

An elevated spot where you are welcome to take postcard like photos with the idyllic Lake Okareka in the foreground and its many stunning lakefront holiday homes and the once lively and active Mt Tarawera (presently dormant) in the background.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Tikitapu Nature Walk, Tarawera Road Lake Tikitapu Scenic Reserve, Rotorua New Zealand

You will enter an prime example of New Zealand native forest, the comments from our past clients range from beautiful to awe inspiring. Abundant with tall podocarps, dozens of different fern varieties including Jurassic Park tree ferns(Actor Sam Neil is from NZ) and to your benefit no poisonous snakes or spiders or scary creepy craw lies or tigers or leeches, so walk through and embrace without a trace of fear.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Lake Tikitapu (Blue Lake), Bay of Plenty 3073, New Zealand

Lake Tikitapu (Blue lake), and lake Rotokakahi (green lake), are two gems in the middle of a beautiful native forest. Blue lake is open to everybody and is a nice destination to spend a week-end swimming, boating, barbecuing etc. while the green lake is “tapu” (taboo, forbiden) due to some historical conflict between local tribes… Nice panoramic photo to do in the lookout between these to lakes. Be amazed at the beauty of these Lakes.

Duration: 10 minutes

Pass By: Buried Village of Te Wairoa, 1180 Tarawera Road RD 5 Rotorua, Rotorua 3076 New Zealand

Drive past this Historic site on the way to the Tarawera lookout

Stop At: Mt. Tarawera, Tr, Rotorua New Zealand

Take in the breath taking view of Mt Tarawera and discover the History of the 1886 eruption. Photo stop extraordinaire. We stop at a very good photo opportunity lookout to view this lake and mountain that has had a large influence on this regions history and landscape, and together with the lake offers a wonderful sight, one of the best on your tour. Mt Tarawera erupted in 1886 and buried the most touristic attraction at the time the Pink and White Terraces as well as the local village. We can see the volcano on the opposite site of the lake. Bring your camera!

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Okere Falls, Okere Falls, Rotorua District, Bay of Plenty Region, North Island

This is the last of our stops (we, hopefully will have time) before our 50 minute journey back to the ship.
Here, if you are fit and able, we will descend a 60 step walkway, where at the bottom you will be invigorated as you stand just a metre away from a roaring grade 4 river that drains the large Rotorua and Rotoiti lakes out to the ocean some 40 km away….Enthralling and a great photo opp site

Duration: 20 minutes

Informacion Adicional
"Infant seats available"
"Not wheelchair accessible"
"Stroller accessible"
"Near public transportation"
"Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level"
"This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund"
"This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund"
"This tour/activity will have a maximum of 18 travelers"
"Confirmation will be received at time of booking"

Duration: 6 To 8 Hours
Start location: 4 Salisbury Avenue, Mount Maunganui 3116, New Zealand
Traveler pickup is offered
After you disembark from your vessel, walk north from your gangway along the wharf for 150 m and then exit the Port controlled customs gate. Just 20 m on the other side of this gate we will be waiting on a grassy knoll besides some flagpoles for you. We should be nearing a sign with your name on it and wearing black Polo short sleeved shirts


  • Port of Tauranga

Cancellations and refunds: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start time of the experience.


  • Bottled water
  • Port pickup and drop off
  • Local guide
  • All Fees and Taxes
  • Entry/Admission - Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village

Not Included

  • Lunch


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