Tauranga – Explore Rotorua On Your Own LT58ACS



Want to visit any of the main destinations in Rotorua on your own, then the "Rotorua Explorer" is for you!

From the port at Tauranga, travel through the Bay of Plenty and explore the unique lakeside city of Rotorua – New Zealand’s hotspot for geothermal activity and Maori culture. On this shore excursion, it’s entirely up to you what you do! The Shuttle will make 4 circuits within the city. Your shuttle driver will provide a full and interesting commentary throughout the day and will be able to assist in planning your day to make the most of your time in Rotorua.

(Note attraction fees are not included with your shuttle ticket)

Stop 1: – Raftabout rafting centre for their rafting trips [pre-booking needed]. A courtesy shuttle can drop you back in Rotorua city where you can rejoin our shuttle bus and enjoy seeing the rest of Rotorua.
Stop 2: – The Whakarewarewa Living Maori Village – a budget-friendly way to see Maori culture and Rotorua’s famous geothermal features.
Stop 3: – Te Puia – The Maori Arts and Crafts Institute. Here you can see the famous Pohutu Geyser, geothermal pools and springs, traditional Maori culture, kiwi birds and more.
Stop 4: – Rotorua Information Centre (iSite) in the centre of the city. The best stop to explore the town, the local shops, and shuttles to other destinations (be mindful of your time in Rotorua).
Stop 5: – Polynesian Spa – a world famous natural geothermal spa, also close to the Government Gardens, Bath House Museum and the Blue Baths.
Stop 6: – Rotorua Lakefront – adjacent to Volcanic Air helicopter/flight centre and Kawarau Jet Boat
Stop 7: – Skyline Cable car, luge and fun activities at this family attraction. Next to Skyline is Rainbow Springs where you can see native New Zealand wildlife.
Stop 8: – OGO (another version of the famous ZORB rides) with FOUR different ball rolling tracks, some being the
longest in NZ.

On request your driver can also take you to the world famous Agrodome – home to a fantastic sheep show and working farm dog show. Right next door is Velocity Valley – here you can try some uniquely kiwi adrenalin activities. No matter your options, you’ll be spoiled for choice of things to do in Rotorua!

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Activity type : Daily Activity
Activity Time : 1000
Maximum number of people : 50
Venue Facilities : 7 Hour Tour Hop on Hop Off - pickup Port Gates
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For your convenience, you will not be charged until the day of your tour and if your ship cancels the port visit you will not be charged at all. How good is that!

Multiple Booking Discount

Book tours in more than one port and receive a 10% discount on all subsequent bookings –  Discounts applied at time of tour confirmations.

Please note:

Tour start/finish times are general and we may adjust these times to suite your cruise ship schedule. We guarantee your return to ship on time!

Client Reviews

  • "A Must Do"
    I was in a group of about 18 travelers who booked this excursion prior to our cruise. I was a bit hesitant as it wasn't booked through Royal Caribbean. I was pleasantly surprised at how wonderful the entire experience was. Our Driver was fantastic and the entire day was the high light of our 13 night cruise.
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  • "Highly Recommend"
    This tour is the best way to see some culture and sights of Rotorua on a short stay. The driver was very knowledgeable of the area and the history. The vehicle was also very comfortable. Would highly recommend to anyone visiting Tauranga
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