Tauranga Rotorua Excursion Reviews

Take a tour to Rotorua to witness the spectacular geothermal activity and learn about Maori culture and history.
Paul our driver and guide for the day was very punctual and met us outside the gates as stated in ...
Paul our driver and guide for the day was very punctual and met us outside the gates as stated in the email, was very knowledgeable about his country and proud of it too, the vechicle was clean and comfortable and we were able to put the ... Read More
Paul our driver and guide for the day was very punctual and met us outside the gates as stated in the email, was very knowledgeable about his country and proud of it too, the vechicle was clean and comfortable and we were able to put the fold up wheelchair in the back of the mini bus, we all enjoyed our day with Paul very much and would recommend this company if touring Rotorua and Jane was excellent in answering all my emails promptly we had no issues at all and great value for the day. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Did ships excursion to Rotorua with afternoon tea.
Did ships excursion to Rotorua with afternoon tea. As usual very well organised driver was great giving lots of information. Afternoon tea delicious and Rotorua fascinating.
Did ships excursion to Rotorua with afternoon tea. As usual very well organised driver was great giving lots of information. Afternoon tea delicious and Rotorua fascinating. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Azamara
Of the many things to do in Rotorua we chose white water rafting (Rotorua Rafting).
Of the many things to do in Rotorua we chose white water rafting (Rotorua Rafting). It was so much fun, we laughed and laughed and managed to stay in the raft. It was very safe and well run, highly recommended.
Of the many things to do in Rotorua we chose white water rafting (Rotorua Rafting). It was so much fun, we laughed and laughed and managed to stay in the raft. It was very safe and well run, highly recommended. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Our tour to Rororua and a centre for Maori cultural experience was very good and very enjoyable.
Our tour to Rororua and a centre for Maori cultural experience was very good and very enjoyable.
Our tour to Rororua and a centre for Maori cultural experience was very good and very enjoyable. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Our guide started our bus drive by educating us in Maori culture and what to expect at our ...
Our guide started our bus drive by educating us in Maori culture and what to expect at our destination. We learned and later performed a ritual song and felt prepared to be accepted onto their settlement. If interested in the Maori ... Read More
Our guide started our bus drive by educating us in Maori culture and what to expect at our destination. We learned and later performed a ritual song and felt prepared to be accepted onto their settlement. If interested in the Maori culture, please take this tour.. Two places were visited, the last being a school where we were entertained by students(14 - 17) in traditional dress. This tour is at the top of our list. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking Ocean Cruises
Went to Maori village, which was very interesting.
Went to Maori village, which was very interesting. We enjoyed their show which included The Haka, a tour of their village & an insight into their life there.
Went to Maori village, which was very interesting. We enjoyed their show which included The Haka, a tour of their village & an insight into their life there. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
A great excursion the The Blue Tea Rooms and the TePau Thermal Springs and Mud Pools.
A great excursion the The Blue Tea Rooms and the TePau Thermal Springs and Mud Pools. At the Blue Tea Rooms we were provided with a very nice Devonshire Tea. The Tea rooms are loacted in the historic Thermal Baths which were first opened ... Read More
A great excursion the The Blue Tea Rooms and the TePau Thermal Springs and Mud Pools. At the Blue Tea Rooms we were provided with a very nice Devonshire Tea. The Tea rooms are loacted in the historic Thermal Baths which were first opened in 1933 and operated until 1969 when a new swimming centre opened. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
We did the Luge and thoroughly enjoyed the experience - only had time for 3 luge rides as going ...
We did the Luge and thoroughly enjoyed the experience - only had time for 3 luge rides as going back up on the cable car took quite a while, but the views were worth it! The luge is also super duper fun. The restaurant there is also very ... Read More
We did the Luge and thoroughly enjoyed the experience - only had time for 3 luge rides as going back up on the cable car took quite a while, but the views were worth it! The luge is also super duper fun. The restaurant there is also very nice - buffet style. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
We started with a stop at Kiwifruit Country.
We started with a stop at Kiwifruit Country. Simon, one of the owners, took us around the farm on a quirky electric buggy. Early October was not the best time to visit as the branches were pretty bare, but Simon held our interest with his ... Read More
We started with a stop at Kiwifruit Country. Simon, one of the owners, took us around the farm on a quirky electric buggy. Early October was not the best time to visit as the branches were pretty bare, but Simon held our interest with his explanations of the growing, pollination, harvesting and marketing processes. He is obviously passionate about what he does. After the tour (normally costs AUD$20), you can sample green and gold kiwi fruit. A small shop also sells some interesting and innovative kiwi based products, such as ice cream and relish made. The highlight was a visit to Te Puia. This is a large site with lots to see (working craft college, Maori culture show, bubbling mudpools, geysers and, if you are lucky, the elusive kiwi). We loved our 1.5 hour guided tour. Our guide was really friendly, knowledgeable and passionate. She started by providing a quick outline of the tour and a brief insight into the Maori culture and heritage. It was really interesting to learn about the traditional arts and crafts (carvings, jewellery and weaving), including seeing the students at work. With this tour you don’t need to clock watch the geysers - based on their experience the guides know when the eruptions will be at their peak and ensure that you arrive at the optimum time. There are several viewing platforms but, as others have said, it is difficult get a good view with a natural background. The Pohutu geyser can reach up to 30m and having some people in the foreground of your photos adds a sense of scale. Check out the naturally heated steps. The mud pools are nothing special if you have seen something similar before. We didn’t get to see the elusive kiwi (not surprising as the building was partly lit up by people’s mobiles and i-pads). The cultural show started outside the Meeting House, with a tribal welcome (including the famous haka) performed in traditional costume. The lively and interactive show continued inside with local legends, singing and dancing. Photos are allowed but, as is often the case, some folks were more courteous and considerate than others in respecting the performers and other visitors. This detracted from the show and made it feel more touristy. There was a nice gift shop but it is a shame that it didn’t stock more locally produced carvings. The Polynesian Lake Spa Retreat is supposed to be one of the Top 10 Spas in the world. There are four main areas, with different price points and offerings – the main Deluxe Lake Spa (included in our tour), plus family, adult only and private pool sections. Our excursion was advertised as having a maximum of 8 people, but they take up to 30 and, on the day, there were actually 17 of us in two mini-buses. Big mistake, as there were only four or five changing cubicles. This area felt very tired - definitely not ‘deluxe’. There were five ‘natural’ hot pools, with different temperatures, some covered and others with infinity views. You are supposed to go from one pool to another, building up to the 40 degree one, then take a dip in the cold water before snoozing on the relaxer chairs. You do need to take care getting in and out of the pools as some of the stones underfoot were slippery. You are not allowed to eat or drink in the lounge; you have to use the café, which to be fair is reasonably priced. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Spent full day going to Rotorua to see the hot springs, Rotorua Lake and very good tour of ...
Spent full day going to Rotorua to see the hot springs, Rotorua Lake and very good tour of Whakarewarawa Maori Village, actually lived in by Maori families that give guided tours.
Spent full day going to Rotorua to see the hot springs, Rotorua Lake and very good tour of Whakarewarawa Maori Village, actually lived in by Maori families that give guided tours. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Great company.
Great company. Same tour with 6-8 people instead of the ship's 40 and for half the price
Great company. Same tour with 6-8 people instead of the ship's 40 and for half the price Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
John took us to Rotorua with a stop to see a Kiwi farm and taste the products, then to a Maori ...
John took us to Rotorua with a stop to see a Kiwi farm and taste the products, then to a Maori village where we had a tour through the village seeing the thermal pools and geysers with a passionate villager. We had a delicious hangi lunch ... Read More
John took us to Rotorua with a stop to see a Kiwi farm and taste the products, then to a Maori village where we had a tour through the village seeing the thermal pools and geysers with a passionate villager. We had a delicious hangi lunch that had been cooked on site in the thermal pools. John took a different route back to port and toured us through the city of Rotorua to show us some of the buildings and gardens, then took us to see a Redwood forest. We followed the perimeter of the lake. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Kiwi Fruit, Rotorua, Red Woods and more.
Kiwi Fruit, Rotorua, Red Woods and more.
Kiwi Fruit, Rotorua, Red Woods and more. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
The tour was so interesting , the thermol pools and the villages
The tour was so interesting , the thermol pools and the villages
The tour was so interesting , the thermol pools and the villages Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
We had a full day seeing the Geothermal springs, the Hobbition Movie set and Rotorua.
We had a full day seeing the Geothermal springs, the Hobbition Movie set and Rotorua. The tour was great and a must do.
We had a full day seeing the Geothermal springs, the Hobbition Movie set and Rotorua. The tour was great and a must do. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
Rick was a good guide.
Rick was a good guide. Picked us up from the port and took us around to a Maori Village at Paiha. The cultural demonstration was memorable. My daughter and I were practicing the haka for days afterward.
Rick was a good guide. Picked us up from the port and took us around to a Maori Village at Paiha. The cultural demonstration was memorable. My daughter and I were practicing the haka for days afterward. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
Had private tour of Rotorua, via a kiwi fruit plantation.
Had private tour of Rotorua, via a kiwi fruit plantation. It was a fantastic day seeing geothermal springs, experiencing Maori culture and going on luge rides. certainly could have spent a lot more time in Rotorua.
Had private tour of Rotorua, via a kiwi fruit plantation. It was a fantastic day seeing geothermal springs, experiencing Maori culture and going on luge rides. certainly could have spent a lot more time in Rotorua. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Fantastic care and delicious lunch with geysers and Maori culture.
Fantastic care and delicious lunch with geysers and Maori culture.
Fantastic care and delicious lunch with geysers and Maori culture. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Good tour of Whakarewarewa geothermal and Maiori village.
Good tour of Whakarewarewa geothermal and Maiori village. The guide was good but seemed to be killing time in order to time our arrival at the geysers. This didn't leave enough time to visit the extensive gift shop. The Blue Baths ... Read More
Good tour of Whakarewarewa geothermal and Maiori village. The guide was good but seemed to be killing time in order to time our arrival at the geysers. This didn't leave enough time to visit the extensive gift shop. The Blue Baths Tea was just okay. Interesting area but the scones were dry and not tasty. The museum was closed because it was going through renovations to make it more earthquake resistant. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
this privately arranged tour was fairly priced and very nice.
this privately arranged tour was fairly priced and very nice. carol, the tour operator, was prompt, enthusiastic, and informative as she drove our group around the area. we went to see the views from two lakes, we went to whakerewarewa ... Read More
this privately arranged tour was fairly priced and very nice. carol, the tour operator, was prompt, enthusiastic, and informative as she drove our group around the area. we went to see the views from two lakes, we went to whakerewarewa in rotorua to see the living maori village, we saw a maori show, had a picnic (on our own dime) at the government gardens, and we visited a kiwifruit farm. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Highly varied scenery, many hot springs, beautiful settings, informative tour.
Highly varied scenery, many hot springs, beautiful settings, informative tour.
Highly varied scenery, many hot springs, beautiful settings, informative tour. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
We had pre-booked this tour for the day our cruise ship was in port.
We had pre-booked this tour for the day our cruise ship was in port. We had read reviews of all of the tour companies and their itineraries and picked Hinterland due to their smaller and more personalized tour, and a more comprehensive ... Read More
We had pre-booked this tour for the day our cruise ship was in port. We had read reviews of all of the tour companies and their itineraries and picked Hinterland due to their smaller and more personalized tour, and a more comprehensive tour itinerary. Andy picked us up at the port, just 50 yards from the visitor information center right off the ship. We left on time, and in a very new and nice Mercedes Benz passenger van. Much better than the cruise ship tour buses. We drove through Mt. Maunganui and Tauranga, then our first stop was at the Comvita honey bee facility, where we saw how honey and honey products were made (yes, the bees do most of the work). We got to taste a wide range of honey and honey products. Our next stop was Kiwifruit Country, where we saw and learned about kiwi fruit, how it is grown, and its history in New Zealand. Sampled lots of kiwi products. Then about a 30-minute drive to the Rotorua area, first stopping to see where Mt. Tarawera erupted in 1886, burying some of the local Maori villages. We stopped for lunch at the Lakeside Cafe, where we had time to sit along the lake and watch the black swans. Then to the highlight of the tour, at the Maori Whakawerawera Thermal Village. A great personal tour to see how the Maoris live in this unique volcanic area with geysers, hot springs, boiling mud pools, and steam vents (they cook their meals using the steam vents and hot springs). The Maoris provide an interesting tour of the area and a very entertaining 30-minute program. This was the cultural highlight of the tour to this area of New Zealand. Then we headed back to the cruise ship. A great 7-hour tour that was well-run, comfortable, informative, and entertaining. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
Tamaki Maori Village was a good tour and experience in the Maori culture and intro to NZ.
Tamaki Maori Village was a good tour and experience in the Maori culture and intro to NZ.
Tamaki Maori Village was a good tour and experience in the Maori culture and intro to NZ. Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Phillip was our guide.
Phillip was our guide. We purchased directly from Zealander. We were the only ones booked so we got a private tour. Drove to Rotorua where we saw the main geyser areas and a Maori village. We also saw the Redwoods, a Kiwi farm and ... Read More
Phillip was our guide. We purchased directly from Zealander. We were the only ones booked so we got a private tour. Drove to Rotorua where we saw the main geyser areas and a Maori village. We also saw the Redwoods, a Kiwi farm and waterfalls. We had lunch at a cafe on the banks of Lake Rotorua. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
Shore Excursion Provider: Ponant