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Shore Excursion: Rotorua Cultural and Geothermal Experience from Tauranga

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    On leaving port you head to Rotorua via Pyes Pa Rd, which was originally a walking track by Maori to and from the coast to Rotorua, this is now a popular highway. On our way you pass some beautiful scenery and take a stop where Mt Tarawera can be pointed out and the destruction by its eruption which caused the Buried Village.
    As you arrive into Rotorua a description of its history is given before arriving to our main destination Te Puia, the Maori Cultural Center. From our arrival, clients are given a personalized tour of the old pa site, through the thermal grounds (of boiling mud and geysers), and shown the wood-carving school, flax weaving & the kiwi bird. This is followed by a Maori Welcome onto the marae, before entering a meeting house for a performance by a Maori concert party. After our 2 hours at Te Puia you head for lunch (your own expense) at a small cafe on the lake front.
    After lunch, you watch the lake activities before going on to the Government Gardens. The main attractions referred to are: The Rosegardens, The old Bath House (now the Rotorua Museum), The Blue Baths, The Princes Gate Hotel, The Polynesian Spa & Sulphur Point. You then travel past the Redwood Forest, explaining how it came about.
    Owing to sailing times, it is normally time to head back to Tauranga, you return by a different route to give an overview of the region.
    En route for Tauranga, clients are given the story of the kiwifruit – from how it is grown, picked, pruned, made into a variety of by-products and exported. You stop briefly to view a kiwifruit orchard, Kiwifruit Country, then travel back stopping at beautiful Mt Maunganui waterfront and beach.
    If necessary you may reverse the order of the tour to fit in with booking times at Te Puia.
    Worry-free Shore Excursion:  Supplier will ensure your timely return to the Tauranga port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, the supplier will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.
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    Reviewed 3 April 2019

    Paul was friendly, polite & informative for our shore excursion tour. He was patient & considerate of everyone in the group.Took the time to explain different aspects of culture & pointed out many sights. Definitely recommend this tour!

    Date of experience: March 2019
    Thank SuzieQ040
    tastingtour, Owner at Tauranga Tasting Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

    Thanks for your comments. Paul thoroughly enjoyed his day with you & always enjoys showing people our lovely region & culture. We're glad you enjoyed your day & hope the rest of your trip went well

    Reviewed 25 March 2019

    We were met at the wharf and continued with a comprehensive history of the area. Along the way we visited a Kiwi Fruit farm with sample tastings, the old Hydro plant before getting to the geothermal. Our timing was perfect and our driver was able...More

    Date of experience: March 2019
    Thank pdanaher
    tastingtour, Owner at Tauranga Tasting Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

    We're pleased you enjoyed your day & that the geyser performed for you on cue! Thank you for taking the time to write a review.

    Reviewed 14 February 2019

    Fantastic tour - professional, friendly tour guide, great itinerary, brilliant activities, modern bus, small group. Highly recommended!

    Date of experience: February 2019
    Thank GodfreyTravellers
    Reviewed 3 January 2019 via mobile

    We were met at port by Bron who was an excellent guide for the day. Her knowledge for of the local area was fantastic and she really made the excursion one of the great highlights of our trip! She encouraged my husband to be ‘chief’...More

    Thank Gabosto
    Reviewed 12 December 2018

    Our tour guide was excellent and we loved the geothermal and Maori visits. There was one issue with this tour, and hope that you do not experience it. We ended up on a full bus with many people that had a large wheel protrusion/box inside...More

    Date of experience: November 2018
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