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Cruise Ship Tours and Shore Excursions - Port of Tauranga to Rotorua


We offer Tauranga Shore Excursions for international cruise ship tourists. Our Tauranga Cruise Ship Tours start at the Port of Tauranga and take you to the great sights of the region.

The Bay of Plenty Shore Excursions can be customised to suit individual interests - whether you want to experience Maori culture, enjoy exciting Rotorua activities.

If you want to visit the famous Lord of the Rings film set at Hobbiton, we offer custom Tauranga Tours to suit your individual interests.


Suggested Tour Itinerary - Tauranga to Rotorua return

  • . Ocean Beach, the Pacific Coast of Mt Maunganui, Tauranga sightseeing
  • Te Puke’s famous 360-kiwi fruit orchard
  • Kaituna River and waterfall, you may be lucky enough to see rafters go over the falls
  • Lake Rotoiti
  • Te Puia Maori Cultural Center and viewing of the world famous Pohutu geyser. See the famous Haka performed, traditional action songs, Maori carving and weaving, the flightless Kiwi at the Kiwi House, bubbling mud pools.
  • Government Gardens, Museum of Arts and History, Blue Baths, sightseeing
  • Drive along the main waterfront of Lake Rotorua and choose from a number of café and pub options for lunch.
  • We return to port of Tauranga,viewing other scenic attractions of the Rotorua area on the way.

Other Tour options are available, depending on what you are interested in.

  • Waimangu and Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Hot Spots, Valleys and Reserves walks
  • The Polynesian Pools, one of the world’s top ten spas (bathe in hot thermal water)
  • Lunch at a Resort Hotel in Rotorua
  • The Agrodome, sheep show all about different species of sheep
  • Natural Thermal Reserve to view native birds and huge rainbow trout
  • Very active Thermal Parks with boiling lakelets and boiling mud pools
  • Scenic Lake Tarawera, Green and Blue Lakes lookout
  • Buried Village and waterfall walk
  • Adventure activities including the Bungee Jumping and super fast Jet Boating
  • Gondola Sky Rides and Luge (they also do a very nice lunch)
  • Take a drive to see how the locals live in this very unusual city
  • Hobbiton, the whimsical property that has served as the movie set for all of Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movies. An absolute must for Hobbit fans!

What to Bring and Wear:

  • Sun hat & sun block
  • Sunglasses
  • Comfortable walking or hiking footwear
  • Jacket, parka type
  • Camera

What is not included:

  • Attraction entry fees
  • Lunch and morning & afternoon teas

We offer customised cruise ship excursions to suit your individual interests. Contact Us today for any enquiry.