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Our most recommended Bay of Plenty Region Shore Excursions

  • Tauranga: Hobbiton & Rotorua Geysers Shore Excursion

    1. Tauranga: Hobbiton & Rotorua Geysers Shore Excursion

    Join a small-group shore excursion from Tauranga to explore North Island's top attractions. Experience geysers, mud pools and steam vents with Maori culture and visit the real Middle-earth at the Hobbiton Movie Set. You will be picked up from Tauranga Port, dependent on your ship's arrival time, and journey to Rotorua. For centuries Whakarewarewa village has been home to the Tuhourangi Ngati Wahiao people.This is a unique location with the largest geyser in the southern hemisphere and an official Maori guide will meet you for your visit. Encounter a strange landscape of sights, sounds and smells and marvel at the way the Maori's have tamed this land for their own purpose.  Here you'll get the chance to see the iconic Kiwi bird in a purpose made Kiwi bird enclosure. Admire boiling mud pools, native bush, and the National Schools of Wood Carving and Weaving. Then depart Rotorua and its g...

    Buddy was a caring and careful driver who provided reasonable commentary during our journeys to Hobbiton & Rotorua Geysers where there were separate guides. It was a good full day excursion covering the major attractions in the area and well suited for cruise ship travellers.

  • From Tauranga Port: Hobbiton Movie Set Tour Shore Excursion

    2. From Tauranga Port: Hobbiton Movie Set Tour Shore Excursion

    Take a trip through Middle Earth on a small-group shore excursion to the Hobbiton Movie Set from Tauranga. Located in the heart of the Waikato region, you can step into the world of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. See the original location which was rebuilt for the latest Hobbit films. This was the original setting for Peter Jackson’s famous trilogy "The Lord of the Rings". Learn about how this location was chosen and how it was constructed, plus which scenes were filmed here. Wander around the vegetable patches were Hobbits grow their food, with giant pumpkins lying around! Walk by the Mill and the famous Party Tree. Indulge in a complimentary beverage from the Hobbit Southfarthing range, which encompasses two traditional ales, an apple cider or non-alcoholic ginger beer, all handcrafted and exclusive to the Hobbiton Movie Set. You also have a delicious range of traditional fay...

    This was a highlight of our trip guide was fantastic, very informative, and great fun.

  • Rotorua: Geothermal Valley Shore Excursion with Lunch

    3. Rotorua: Geothermal Valley Shore Excursion with Lunch

    Benefit from pickup at Tauranga port, and take a scenic drive around Mount Maunganui to take in the sights. Enjoy beautiful views of the lakes and forests, along with the first hints of geothermal activity. Arrive at a Maori village in Rotorua, and get a warm welcome from a local guide. Experience the Maori way of life and learn how they use the natural resources to cook, bathe, and heat their homes. View the geothermal wonders of the Whakarewarewa valley, and watch an amazing cultural performance. Savor a 2-course lunch at one of Rotorua's acclaimed restaurants, with unlimited tea and coffee. Take a leisurely drive along the lakefront, and stop to admire the giant redwood trees in the forest. Learn about the silver fern and its relevance as a symbol of New Zealand. Next, visit a working kiwi fruit orchard to learn how it became established in New Zealand. Taste different varieties and...

    Awesome guide Peter made the excursion so enjoyable. His knowlege and friendliness made it the best excursion ever

  • Tauranga: Rotorua Geysers & Polynesian Spa Shore Excursion

    4. Tauranga: Rotorua Geysers & Polynesian Spa Shore Excursion

    Join a small-group shore excursion from Tauranga to explore Rotorua's geothermal valley. Marvel at geysers, mud pools and steam vents with Maori culture and visit the Polynesian Spa for a rejuvenating experience. You will be picked up from Tauranga Port, dependent on your ship's arrival time, and journey to Rotorua.  Here you will experience the very best of Rotorua and stop at the Whakarewarewa Valley (with geysers, steam vents and mud pools). Your small group will have an official Maori guide and will experience a fascinating tour of the valley. Learn about Maori culture while watching a traditional Maori cultural performance. Observe the legendary Pōhutu Geyser, the largest geyser in the southern hemisphere, which can erupt to a height of 100 feet (30-meters) and as often as 20 times per day.   Next, enjoy a two-course lunch at one of Rotorua's highly regarded restaurants followed b...

    It was a wonderful day the driver was very informative and the guide that took us through the park where the geysers and mud pits were was great.

  • Rotorua: Cultural and Rejuvenation Tour

    5. Rotorua: Cultural and Rejuvenation Tour

    Starting at the Port of Tauranga by the Cruise Ship gateway, you will begin traveling in a comfortable air-conditioned vehicle to Rotorua, Bay of Plenty. As you travel along Mt Maunganui, local information and places of interest will be provided to you by your personal tour guide. Your journey will continue toward Rotorua, with an interesting stop at Kiwifruit Country where you will receive a close-up view of the kiwifruit vine. Onsite, you will have the opportunity to learn the history of kiwifruit, including which countries New Zealand exports the fruit and fruit products too. You will also enjoy free tasting samples during this visit. You will then step back in time at Te Whakarewarewa Maori Living Village. This village was built above geothermal land and is home to the largest geyser in the southern hemisphere. Your guide will be blood related to the original settlers "the descenda...

    Tour guide (Amanda) was excellent. The whole experience was very informative and interesting. Much better value than the cruise ship offering.

  • Tauranga: Rotorua Geysers, Kiwifruit Orchard Shore Excursion

    6. Tauranga: Rotorua Geysers, Kiwifruit Orchard Shore Excursion

    Discover a truly special day and experience the geothermal wonderland of Rotorua, along with a tour of a kiwi fruit orchard for your cruise ship shore excursion from Tauranga. Travel on a sightseeing drive of Mount Maunganui, where you will see the beautiful coastline and one of the best beaches in New Zealand. See the abundant coffee shops, cafes, small boutiques and breathtaking scenery, not forgetting the infamous "mount" which this area is named after. After leaving the beachfront, head into the countryside as you make your way to Rotorua. Journey through lush countryside traveling by stunning lakes, deep forestry and the first hints of the geothermal area you are traveling too. In Rotorua, your friendly guide — a local Maori descendant of the early Maori guides — will take you on a tour to experience the geothermal valley of Te Whakarewarewa. Walk around a strange and unforgiving l...

    Very informative guide Buddy with extra info very helpful the excursion was wonderful

  • Hobbiton Movie Set Shore Excursion from Tauranga

    7. Hobbiton Movie Set Shore Excursion from Tauranga

    Depart from the Port of Tauranga, and begin your journey along Pilot Bay towards the wonderful Mount Maunganui beach. Take photos and hear local facts from your guide along the way. Then, travel to The Shire, home of Bilbo Baggins and his friends. Get a meet and greet at the Hobbiton Movie Set by your official guide. Take a guided tour filled with fun facts, insider stories, and many photo opportunities. Next, sit back and enjoy a drink at the Green Dragon Inn.  Return towards Tauranga, and visit a few special spots along the way for breathtaking views over the Matamata-Piako Plains. Visit the local park to appreciate the beauty of its lake, paddocks, mature trees, and the wonderful wildlife that dwells within its boundaries.

    Best tour guide ever! Steve is a class act. Such a comfortable bus ride. Great knowledge of New Zealand & Hobbiton. Highly recommend booking him as your guide. Mossop Honey shop was a great stop. Steve goes above and beyond providing delicious gluten free brownies, candy, and drinks. He overheard me mention avocados to my son and made a special stop for us to get some. This tour was full of wonderful stops.

  • Tauranga: 5.5-Hour Te Puia Geysers Shore Excursion

    8. Tauranga: 5.5-Hour Te Puia Geysers Shore Excursion

    Join a 5.5-hour small-group shore excursion from the port of Tauranga in a luxury air-conditioned vehicle. Explore the marvels this land holds as well as the forces beneath its crust whilst encountering hot bubbling mud pools and erupting geysers. You'll encounter Pohutu, the largest geyser in the southern hemisphere, which has steam rising from every crevice. You will also be in awe as you spot the iconic kiwi bird in its special darkened enclosure, and will learn how the locals protect these extraordinary endangered birds. Get a deeper understanding of Maori art and tradition by listening to stories and legends which have been passed down over generations. Afterwards, watch master woodcarvers and artisans trained in the intricate art of weaving flax, with Te Puia housing the New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute since the 1920s. After leaving Te Puia you will drive through Roto...

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What people are saying about Bay of Plenty Region

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 80 reviews

Best tour guide ever! Steve is a class act. Such a comfortable bus ride. Great knowledge of New Zealand & Hobbiton. Highly recommend booking him as your guide. Mossop Honey shop was a great stop. Steve goes above and beyond providing delicious gluten free brownies, candy, and drinks. He overheard me mention avocados to my son and made a special stop for us to get some. This tour was full of wonderful stops.

Buddy was a caring and careful driver who provided reasonable commentary during our journeys to Hobbiton & Rotorua Geysers where there were separate guides. It was a good full day excursion covering the major attractions in the area and well suited for cruise ship travellers.

Really interesting excursion. Maori village was excellent experience. Also enjoyed time at spa. Lunch was excellent. Large portions! Nice spot. Driver Natalie was good and provided good information throughout bus ride.

It was a wonderful day the driver was very informative and the guide that took us through the park where the geysers and mud pits were was great.

Tour guide (Amanda) was excellent. The whole experience was very informative and interesting. Much better value than the cruise ship offering.