Cruise Ship Tours – Tauranga Shore Excursions

Is your cruise ship docking in the port of Tauranga?  Experience the best of the Bay of Plenty and Waikato regions in our Xquizit mini coaches!

When you pre-book your Tauranga cruise ship tours with Xquizit Tours, you will be met at the Port Gates by your Driver/Guide. You will then be taken in one of our luxury mini coaches or stretch limousines to experience the local favourites.  All our fully-licensed driver/guides live and work in the region and know the area intimately.  We guarantee you will have a great day and we will have you back to the Cruise ship at least one hour prior to sailing.

 

Cruise Ship Tour XQ 1

Rotorua Cultural Experience – NZ$165.00 per personRotorua-culture

  • Scenic drive along Pilot Bay and the Pacific Coast surf beach of Mt Maunganui.
  • Travel inland through the fertile “Kiwi Fruit Capital” of New Zealand – Te Puke.
  • Stop at the Kaituna River/Okere Falls at Lake Rotoiti, a Grade 5 Rafting River with the highest commercially rafted waterfall in the southern hemisphere.
  • Visit Te Puia the Maori Cultural Centre (admission included), a geothermal park with boiling mud pools and natural geysers, including the famous Pohutu geyser, which erupts up to 30m in the air twice an hour.  Stop by the kiwi house where two kiwi birds live, see the carving and weaving demonstrations and attend a Maori cultural performance which includes the famous Haka.
  • Stroll through Rotorua’s Government Gardens, which is home to the Museum of Art & History, Blue Baths, Te Runanga Tea House, Band Rotunda, Rachael Spring and the Totara Gates erected in the early 1900’s.
  • Drive along the waterfront of Lake Rotorua, with the opportunity to stop for lunch at Rotorua’s famous Eat Streat (lunch not included in price).
  • Return to the Port of Tauranga via the Scenic Highway with stops along the way at scenic points of interest.

Cruise Ship Tour XQ 2

Rotorua Geothermal Explorer – NZ$165.00 per person
Waikite-Hot-Pools

  • Scenic drive along Pilot Bay and the Pacific Coast surf beach of Mt Maunganui.
  • Travel inland through the fertile “Kiwi Fruit Capital” of New Zealand – Te Puke.
  • Stop at the Kaituna River/Okere Falls at Lake Rotoiti, a Grade 5 Rafting River with the highest commercially rafted waterfall in the southern hemisphere.
  • Visit Wai-o-tapu Thermal Wonderland (admission included), where you will see some amazing colours in the lakes, the famous Champagne Pool and the largest hot bubbling mud pool in the region.
  • Travel to Waikite Natural Hot Springs (admission included) for a soak in the hot calcite laden mineral waters to soothe & relax you and breathe the fresh crisp clean country air (no sulphur or chlorine smell here).
  • Explore the native bush on the easy walk to Te Manaroa Spring, New Zealand’s largest single source of natural boiling water.
  • Stroll through Rotorua’s Government Gardens, which is home to the Museum of Art & History, Blue Baths, Te Runanga Tea House, Band Rotunda, Rachael Spring and the Totara Gates erected in the early 1900’s.
  • Drive along the waterfront of Lake Rotorua, with the opportunity to stop for lunch at Rotorua’s famous Eat Streat (lunch not included in price).
  • Return to the Port of Tauranga via the Scenic Highway with stops along the way at scenic points of interest.

 

Cruise Ship Tour XQ 3

Off The Beaten Track – NZ$100.00 per personlake_and_trees

  • Scenic drive along Pilot Bay and the Pacific Coast surf beach of Mt Maunganui.
  • Travel inland through the fertile “Kiwi Fruit Capital” of New Zealand – Te Puke.
  • Stop at Comvita Honey, where you can see the working bees and sample local manuka honey and products.
  • Travel through native bush to the Blue and Green Lake and Lake Tarawera lookout, passing The Buried Village of Te Wairoa along the way.
  • Stop in the famous Whakarewarewa Redwood Forest and take a short walk among the giant Redwoods and silver fern.
  • Visit Kuirau Park for a walk around the mud pools and bathe your feet in the thermal foot pools.
  • Stroll through Rotorua’s Government Gardens, which is home to the Museum of Art & History, Blue Baths, Te Runanga Tea House, Band Rotunda, Rachael Spring and the Totara Gates erected in the early 1900’s.
  • Drive along the waterfront of Lake Rotorua, with the opportunity to stop for lunch at Rotorua’s famous Eat Streat (lunch not included in price).
  • Return to the Port of Tauranga via the Scenic Highway with stops along the way at scenic points of interest.

Cruise Ship Tour XQ 4

Hells Gate Geothermal Experience – NZ$135.00 per person (Add NZ$55.00 per person to include Mud Bath & Sulphur Spa)bubbling_mud

  • Scenic drive along Pilot Bay and the Pacific Coast surf beach of Mt Maunganui.
  • Travel inland through the fertile “Kiwi Fruit Capital” of New Zealand – Te Puke.
  • Stop at the Kaituna River/Okere Falls at Lake Rotoiti, a Grade 5 Rafting River with the highest commercially rafted waterfall in the southern hemisphere.
  • Visit Hells Gate Geothermal Park for an hour-long walk through native bush and geothermal wonders, including boiling mud, steaming pools and erupting waters.
  • If you choose the Add-on ($55 NZD per person) then after the walk is time to soak in the mud bath and sulphur spa.
  • Head to Wai Ora Lakeside Resort for lunch (not included in tour price) and a view of Lake Rotorua’s beautiful Holden’s Bay.
  • Stroll through Rotorua’s Government Gardens, which is home to the Museum of Art & History, Blue Baths, Te Runanga Tea House, Band Rotunda, Rachael Spring and the Totara Gates erected in the early 1900’s.
  • Return to the Port of Tauranga via the Scenic Highway with stops along the way at scenic points of interest.

 

Cruise Ship XQ5

Hobbiton and Te Puia – $NZ235.00 per person  (minimum 6)hobbiton-view

  • Scenic drive over the Kaimai mountain ranges to the flat lush farmland of the Waikato.
  • Visit the Hobbit Movie Set and enjoy a guided tour, finishing at the Green Dragons Den for a complimentary beverage.
  • Stop at a country pub for a light lunch (not included in tour price) and a taste of rural New Zealand.
  • Visit Te Puia the Maori Cultural Centre (admission included), a geothermal park with boiling mud pools and natural geysers, including the famous Pohutu geyser, which erupts up to 30m in the air twice an hour.  Stop by the kiwi house where two kiwi birds live, see the carving and weaving demonstrations and attend a Maori cultural performance which includes the famous Haka.
  • Travel through Rotorua to view the city sights, including Kuirau Park, the Rotorua Lakefront, the Government Gardens, Museum of Art & History.
  • Scenic drive return along Pilot Bay and the Pacific Coast surf beach of Mt Maunganui.

Cruise Ship XQ6

Farm Experience – $NZ [TBA] per personcalf

  • Scenic drive over the Kaimai mountain ranges to the flat lush farmland of the Waikato.
  • Stop for a stroll through the gorgeous Hamilton Gardens, winner of the 2014 International Garden of the Year.
  • Visit the Waikato river, the longest river in New Zealand which served as an important access route for Maori and early European settlers.
  • Stop by Lake Karapiro, along the Waikato river, which a famous rowing venue and site of the 2010 World Rowing Championships.
  • Stop at a country pub for a light lunch (not included in tour price) and a taste of rural New Zealand.
  • Visit a working dairy farm to learn about one of New Zealand’s biggest exports.
  • Explore a local deer farm with the opporunity to discover and purchase items made from Deer Velvet, an ancient naturopathic  health remedy.
  • See the majestic show-jumping horse studs in famous equestian region of Cambridge.
  • Travel through Rotorua to view the city sights, including Kuirau Park, the Rotorua Lakefront, the Government Gardens, Museum of Art & History.
  • Scenic drive return along Pilot Bay and the Pacific Coast surf beach of Mt Maunganui.

 

Tour Information

Free WiFi is available in all vehicles.  Complimentary sunscreen and chilled bottled water are available on all tours.  We strongly advise you to bring comfortable walking shoes, sunhat and sunglasses.  Please provide your own bathing suit, towels and warm clothing where applicable.

Please review the 2016/17 Cruise Ship Schedule for the Port of Tauranga, and provide your vessel name and docking information at the time of booking.

Please note prices are quoted for the mini-coaches; if your group is more than 10 and up to 16 passengers please ask for a quote.  

Looking for something different to the above?  Visit our Private Tours page or make an enquiry for a customised, no-obligation quote.


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FREE WIFI  and complimentary bottled New Zealand water available for all tours.

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Please Note: The price advertised might not be the same price charged to the credit card account due to exchange rate fluctuations. This means that because we are based in New Zealand we have to convert your purchase to New Zealand Dollars at the exchange rate on the day it is processed.

Admission and Dining Costs:  These are the responsibility of the passengers unless stated otherwise.

Cancellation: If for any reason you find it necessary to cancel your trip/tour, please notify Xquizit Limousines & Tours as soon as possible. Cancellations less than 7 days before scheduled departure will be charged at 50% of the agreed price. Cancellations less than 24 hours will be charged in full.