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Te Puia Geothermal Experience: Cruise Ship Shore Excursion Tauranga Rotorua Port

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Discover & experience a truly special day of the geothermal wonderland of Rotorua.
Witness erupting geysers, hot steam vents and bubbling mud pools on this cruise ship shore excursion from Tauranga.
This valley has many stories just waiting to be shared with you. Learn about the Maori culture at the fascinating Te Puia Thermal Reserve, the magnificent Pohutu geyser, boiling mud pools, and the National carving and weaving schools. Visit the kiwi bird encounter where you can see the elusive kiwi bird.

Upon leaving Te Puia, we take in the highlights of what Rotorua has to offer. The magnificent Rotorua museum building with its Tudor style design, the government gardens bursting with colour & fragrance then Rotorua lake front!

Experience a working kiwi fruit orchard to learn all about this wonder fruit with taste testing of an assortment of different types of kiwi fruit products before your final journey back to your ship in plenty of time to board with this 5.5 hr Shore Excursion.

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Stop At: Te Puia, Hemo Road, Rotorua New Zealand

Te Puia dials up the heat on Māoritanga (things Māori) with explosive performances from both its cultural troupe and from Pōhutu (Big Splash), its famous geyser which erupts around 20 times a day, spurting hot water up to 30m skyward. You’ll know when it’s about to blow because the adjacent Prince of Wales’ Feathers geyser will start up shortly before. Also here is the National Carving School and the National Weaving School, where you can watch the students at work.

Your visit include's an informative guided tour of the entire complex, which also features a wharenui (carved meeting house), a recreated precolonial village, a nocturnal kiwi enclosure and the Whakarewarewa valley thermal zone, including three major geysers and a huge pool of boiling mud. After the tour you're welcome to wander around at your leisure.

The gift shop gives you the opportunity to buy genuine Māori art and craft, along with beauty products made from Te Puia's mineral-rich mud.
After leaving Te Puia we board for sightseeing tour around Rotorua!

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Blue Baths, Government Gardens 1 Queens Drive, Rotorua 3010 New Zealand

The Stunning Art Deco Heritage Building, the Blue Baths opened in 1933. Having been stylishly refurbished this Spanish inspired building with geothermally heated pools

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Government Gardens, Queens Dr 9 Queens Dr, Rotorua New Zealand

In the late 1800s, the Maori people gifted 50 acres of this land to the Crown "for the benefit of the people of the world". The land was a geothermal area with several therapeutic pools. Formal gardens were planted and several large trees remain from those early days, including multi-trunked Japanese firs and an unusual Californian weeping redwood. Following the ratification of the original gift in 1883, the reserve was vested in the Government of New Zealand in 1898 as an area where the thermal waters could be used and promoted as a health spa similar to those in Europe.
Today, the Rotorua Lakes Council operates a nursery in Government Gardens which annually produces 420,000 bedding plants for display within the city’s 150 flower beds. The nursery also grows around 6000 potted plants for display work and 15,000 trees and shrubs annually.
The Gardens provide facilities for bowls, croquet, petanque and golf (the Motutara course is leased to private operators); and a soldiers' memorial for servicemen belonging to the local Te Arawa tribe, the Klamath Falls Rose Gardens, Te Runanga Tearooms, a band rotunda and various buildings of historic interest are also located here.
Klamath Falls Rose Gardens
The Klamath Falls Rose Gardens are situated on Queens Drive and are named after Klamath Falls in Oregon, North America – a sister city to Rotorua. Roses are in bloom from mid-November to June and are at their best during the summer months.
Te Runanga Tea House (The Meeting House) was built in 1903 and was originally intended to be a tea pavilion.
This was built in 1900 overlooking the bowling greens and more recently was shifted to its current location.
The Government Gardens is also home to the famous Rotorua Museum and the restored

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Kiwifruit Country, 316 State Highway 33, Paengaroa 3189, New Zealand

A chance to visit a working kiwifruit orchard and learn about this wondrous fruit and how it all became part of the New Zealand landscape!
Our stop here allows for fast testing of different varieties of fruit along with an assortment of jams, chutneys, and various drinks on offer.

Kiwifruit thrives in the Bay of Plenty with its unique combination of a temperate climate, close proximity to the ocean, volcanic ash soils and landforms make this the ideal place to grow kiwifruit and allows for a last stop on the way back to your cruise ship.

Duration: 30 minutes

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers
Inclusions
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Bottled water
  • Entrance fees
  • Port pick up & drop off
  • Driver guide with full commentary onboard
  • Entry/Admission - Te Puia
  • Entry/Admission - Kiwifruit Country


Duration
5 hours 30 minutes

Return Details
Returns to original departure point


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