Tauranga Shore Excursion: Rotorua Te Puia Geothermals, Maori and Kiwifruit

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Tauranga Shore Excursion: Rotorua Te Puia Geothermals, Maori and Kiwifruit
from AUD $182.18
See the stunning geothermal region of Rotorua. This small group tour will take you to Te Puia to see the famous Pohutu Geyser, bubbling mud pools and a Maori cultural performance plus wood carving, flax weaving and kiwi birds. You will also see a number of other well loved Rotorua sights and kiwifruit orchards.
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In Brief

Tauranga, New Zealand
New Zealand
7 hours
Informative, friendly and professional guide
Small-group tour
Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
Free port pickup and drop-off included
Important InfoInfo
Join Tauranga’s best Shore Excursion team for an unforgettable journey to Rotorua – New Zealand’s cultural and geothermal hub. This tour is a must for those wanting to see and do it all in Rotorua – this is our premier Rotorua experience.

Entry to the fantastic Te Puia complex is the highlight of the day. Unlike many other advertised tours, the Maori cultural performance is included – as well as a dedicated and knowledgeable guide for the day.

Your guide will share their passion and knowledge about not only Rotorua, but the Bay of Plenty region as a whole. Learn about the province and see why it is such a popular place to live.

You will visit a kiwifruit orchard to see how this quintessential New Zealand icon is grown, as well as be taken on a tour of Rotorua’s interesting city centre – including famous landmarks such as Govt Gardens, the Bath House, Blue Baths and the lakefront. We also make a stop at picturesque Okere Falls.

Highlights of Te Puia:
• See geysers explode high into the air, viscous mudpools bubble away and boiling hotpools simmer endlessly. You will only get those iconic geyser photos at Te Puia where you are up close and personal with many of the geothermal features.
• Experience an awe-inspiring cultural performance from a local Maori group. The 45 minute concert includes a powhiri (welcome) onto the Marae (meeting house), as well as traditional songs and dances. You will see the famous Haka (war dance) - guaranteed to send a shiver down your spine!
• Spot the elusive kiwi in the nocturnal enclosure. These shy birds are our national icon and are now endangered.
• Watch craftsmen and women learn their trade in the newly refurbished carving and weaving schools. The apprentices here are keeping their customs alive.

About us:

Our team has been delivering world-class Shore Excursions for over 16 years. It all started with owner Ian - one man and a beloved Rolls Royce car. Today, the number of vehicles and tours has changed, but the philosophy hasn’t – every customer is treated like one of the family, and we will make sure you have an unforgettable day. We have over 100 years combined tour guiding experience so you know you are in capable hands (and if you’re lucky you may even get to travel with Ian – he still loves to get behind the wheel!).

Travel in a modern, air conditioned vehicle with a passionate local as your host. We specialise in small groups to allow an intimate and personalised experience. Every tour is guided and commentated from start to finish - our guides delight in showing off our little corner of the world. And, we guarantee to have you back to the ship on time!


  • Experienced, professional driver/guide
  • Port pickup and drop-off
  • Comfortable air-conditioned transport
  • Entry to Te Puia including Maori cultural performance
  • Visit to a kiwifruit orchard
  • Visit to Okere Falls


  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities

Departure Time

9:30 AM

Departure Point

4 Salisbury Avenue, Mount Maunganui, Tauranga 3116, New Zealand

Returns To

Returns to original departure point

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • At time of booking, cruise ship passengers must provide the following information: ship name, docking time, disembarkation time and re-boarding time
  • This tour is not suitable for users of mobility scooters (unless very small collapsible ones) or wheelchairs. Folding walkers/frames can be accommodated but passengers must be able to enter a coach or minibus using the standard steps. Please notify us at time of booking of any mobility issues.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

Once booked, this trip is fully non-refundable

Booking Terms and Conditions

When you book this trip, you need to read and accept the terms and conditions for booking our day trips in excursions.

Scoring an average traveller rating of 5 out of 5 based on the last 24 recent reviews

It was a good tour. The sights were enjoyable. The tour guide was professional and very good. Thank you. I recommend this tour.
• Submitted 30 Apr 2019
What a fantastic tour. We learned a lot about the kiwi fruit, tasted various kinds of the fruit and later we learned about the Maori tribe, their customs and dances. Fun tour.
• Submitted 09 Jan 2019
Our guide, Graeme, was excellent! He is extremely knowledgeable and has such a love and passion for the land, history and culture of the land. He covered everything in good time without sufficient time for us to enjoy all the highlights. We also managed to catch the eruption of the Te Puia geyser which was the icing on the cake.
• Submitted 17 Dec 2018
Graham our host was informative, interesting and personable! Comfortable coach, easy walking and beautiful sights. Lunch at Te Puia poor , not enough food or staff on site, but Graham said they are doing Renos and it should improve.
• Submitted 20 Feb 2018
Entire day was wonderful.
• Submitted 09 Jan 2018
Very interesting tour with a very knowledgable guide that made all the difference. We learned so much about NZ and the Maui culture. Really enjoyed the Kiwifruit orchard as well. Had no idea that they grew on vines like grapes. Great job and a great tour.
• Submitted 15 Nov 2017
It was good to be in a small group tour as it is much easier and more efficient. After a quick tour through Tauranga, we headed to the kiwifruit orchard. This was very instructive, though the sampling of kiwifruit was limited due to the number of visitors. Lunch at our own expense in Rotorua was in a nice location with reasonable choices. Following lunch, we made a brief stop in a city park where there are steam and mud pits right in the park. Very interesting. We then proceeded to Te Puia to see the geothermals and also the Maori show. The visit to Te Puia was worth the trip, seeing the geysers, the blue lagoon, etc.
• Submitted 17 Apr 2017
Our excursion to Te Puia was one of the highlights of our recent trip to Australia and New Zealand. Our driver, Ian, from Shore Trips and Tours was an excellent guide, providing a lot of good info about the area and culture as we drove around Tauranga, then over to Rotorua to visit Te Puia. This is an amazing place with all the geysers, bubbling mud pots, steam vents, etc. Although we've been to Yellowstone and seen this type of geothermal activity on a grander scale, Te Puia is still a great place to experience it. The grounds are laid out well and even though we were on a cruise ship and a lot of other people were there, it didn't feel crowded. We really liked the Maori cultural center and show as well. In fact, that was the highlight for me. We saw the Maori show, which was super, and toured through their carving and weaving workshops. The grounds are filled with large, impressive, detailed Maori carvings, including a 60-ft. long war canoe. It was a great way to learn more about the Maori culture and history. The kiwifruit orchard was interesting but Te Puia was definitely the highlight of this outing.
• Submitted 08 Mar 2017
Our guide was amazing, he squeezed so much info and the sites were incredible. The one part that was very shortened was the kiwifruit orchard mostly just shopping rather than a tour, and more information. Who knew that kiwis grew on a vine. The visit to the geothermal area could not have been more spectacular...geysers were on display in full force. Coach was very comfortable, and again I would highly recommend this tour.
• Submitted 25 Feb 2017
This was a great day out to he highly recommended. The driver was Brian and he was great told us so much interesting information about the trip and the area. The cultural centre was excellent and seeing the geysers in action was WOW. Very comfortable small coach. To be recommended.
• Submitted 23 Jan 2017
Loved the Maori reserve with the geothermal and mud flats and the native Indian ceremony. Guide was very informative!
• Submitted 05 Jun 2016
Don't miss this excursion...Much less costly than those offered by the cruise line.
• Submitted 16 Apr 2016
Fabulous tour. Kiwi360 is a gem. The Te Puia geysers and Maori cultural center were unforgettable. However, we would have preferred more time at the underrated museum shop.
• Submitted 28 Mar 2016
Wonderful tour. Great driver and geothermal Te Puia a definite 5 star experience. Maori experience fabulous. Loved the Kiwi Orchard tour. Would highly recommend.
• Submitted 11 Mar 2016
Good tour, Julie was an excellent guide.
• Submitted 08 Mar 2016
Always on our bucket list and sure did. Amazing. Tour guide information about the tour was excellent
• Submitted 22 Feb 2016
The trip was informative and great
• Submitted 01 Feb 2016
Exceeded my expectations. Great excursion we had a great time. Our guide Terry was the best tour guide, he was helpful, informative made certain we were enjoying our excursion. I highly reccomend this.
• Submitted 26 Jan 2016
we had a great time. the guide was informative
• Submitted 06 Jan 2016
Great tour guide great day
• Submitted 31 Dec 2015
Great Tour, Very convenient. Strongly recommended.
• Submitted 07 Dec 2015
Great tour - a full day with lots to see. Very pleased. Thank you.
• Submitted 29 Nov 2015
Te Puia is a rich cultural experience and not to be missed! The geothermal action by Mother Nature adds to the experience. Our guide was very knowledgable and fun, showings lots of extras as time allowed. It was a memorable day.
• Submitted 23 Nov 2015
This was an excellent tour and very well conducted by John who was incredibly knowledgeable on all aspects of the Maori culture and the environs of Rotorua and all places in between. The tour numbers on a smaller bus made it even more appealing. Well done to all involved.
• Submitted 20 Nov 2015

In Brief

Tauranga, New Zealand
New Zealand
7 hours
Informative, friendly and professional guide
Small-group tour
Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
Free port pickup and drop-off included

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