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Cruise Ship Tours – Tauranga Shore Excursions

 

Is your cruise landing in the port of Tauranga? Are you looking for luxury Tauranga shore excursions or Rotorua shore excursions? Experience the most luxurious tours Rotorua has to offer from one of 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 Rotorua’s Volcanic Wonders and Geothermal Delights on one of our Rotorua tours from Tauranga.

Make an enquiry now to experience one of our Tauranga shore tours!

 

All our driver/guides live and work in Rotorua and know the area intimately. They are all fully licensed to carry fare paying passengers.

Xquizit Tours have full Public Liability Insurance and have the Qualmark Endorsement for Visitor Activity and Visitor Transport which gives you the assurance that Tourism New Zealand rates us as a trusted Tour Operator. Free WiFi is available in all vehicles.

Compare our tour and price to what is available, 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.

Check out our Rotorua tours from Tauranga below!

Our most popular Tauranga cruise tour is XQ 1, please note prices quoted are for the mini – vans, 11 passengers maximum, if you would like a quote for a stretch limousine or a private tour in one of our Executive Sedans, please do not hesitate to contact us including the number of passengers in your group.

XQ 1 - $NZ 160.00 per person
On leaving your cruise ship we will take you for a drive along Pilot Bay and then along the Pacific Coast of Mt Maunganui, surf beach on one side and luxury homes on the other, before heading inland through fertile land to the “Kiwi Fruit Capital” of New Zealand – Te Puke. We stop at Kiwi 360 which is a working Kiwifruit Orchard, where we show you the kiwifruit vines and explain to you the keys points of the kiwifruit growing cycles. You will also have the opportunity here to taste the fruit, wine and liqueurs as well as doing a little shopping, if you would like to. You can also purchase a kiwifruit ice cream from the Café.

Next stop is the Kaituna River/Okere Falls at Lake Rotoiti, you can get up close to the falls and/or watch from a lookout, you may even see the Rafters and Kayakers coming down the falls, this is a Grade 5 Rafting River with the highest commercially rafted waterfall, 7m, in the southern hemisphere.

You will then visit Te Puia the Maori Cultural Centre, you will be guided through this park and see the boiling mud pools, the natural geysers Kereru, Prince of Wales Feathers and Pohutu. Pohutu is the largest natural geyser in the southern hemisphere erupting to 30m in the air and generally twice an hour but this is nature and as we know mother-nature has her own rules. You will also visit the kiwi house where two kiwi birds live, these kiwis are flightless and endangered. You will also see the carving and weaving demonstrations and attend a Maori cultural performance which includes the traditional challenge, action songs and the famous Haka.

After Te Puia we will travel along our “golden mile of accommodation” to the City Centre and take you through the beautiful 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, you have the opportunity to take a stroll through these beautiful gardens. We then take a drive along the waterfront of Lake Rotorua..

If you would like lunch, there are a number of great Cafes in Rotorua we can take you to, whether it is a café lunch, fish and chips in the forest or a pub meal. Please note that lunch is at your own cost.

We will return to the Port of Tauranga via the Scenic Highway and on our way show you some of the other attractions which are available in the Rotorua area. Please note we have you back at the Port at least one hour prior to the sailing of your ship.

There are no additional costs to this tour as your entry to Te Puia including the cultural concert ($NZ63.00pp) is included, so no surprises await you.

All our Tauranga cruise tours include complimentary chilled bottled water and sunscreen. We strongly advise to bring comfortable walking shoes, sunhat and sunglasses.

Tour – XQ 2 - $NZ 160.00 per person including entry to Wai-o-tapu
On leaving your cruise ship we will take you for a drive along Pilot Bay and then along the Pacific Coast of Mt Maunganui, surf beach on one side and luxury homes on the other, before heading inland through fertile land to the “Kiwi Fruit Capital” of New Zealand – Te Puke. We stop at Kiwi 360 which is a working Kiwifruit Orchard, where we show you the kiwifruit vines and explain to you the keys points of the kiwifruit growing cycles. You will also have the opportunity here to taste the fruit, wine and liqueurs as well as doing a little shopping, if you would like to. You can also purchase a kiwifruit ice cream from the Café.

Next stop is the Kaituna River/Okere Falls at Lake Rotoiti, you can get up close to the falls and/or watch from a lookout, you may even see the Rafters and Kayakers coming down the falls, this is a Grade 5 Rafting River with the highest commercially rafted waterfall, 7m, in the southern hemisphere.

We head south of Rotorua to Wai-o-tapu Thermal Wonderland, here you will see some amazing colours in the lakes, the famous Champagne Pool and the largest hot bubbling mud pool in the Region.

After Wai-o-tapu we will travel over the hill to the Waikite Natural Hot Springs 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).  You can also explore and learn about the native bush on the easy walk to Te Manaroa Spring, New Zealand’s largest single source of natural boiling water, remember to bring along your bathers & towel.

Back to Rotorua and along our “golden mile of accommodation” to the City Centre and take you through the beautiful 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 and take a drive along the waterfront of Lake Rotorua.

If you would like lunch, there are a number of great Cafes in Rotorua we can take you to, whether it be a café lunch or a pub meal.  Please note that lunch is at your own cost.

We will return to the Port of Tauranga via the Scenic Highway and on our way show you some of the other attractions which are available in the Rotorua area.

All our tours include complimentary chilled bottled water and sunscreen. We strongly advise to bring comfortable walking shoes, sunhat and sunglasses and a light jacket in case the day is cooler.

Tour – XQ 3 - $NZ 100.00 per person

This tour is popular for those who do not want to go to any of the attractions. The tour starts the same as XQ 1, and we include Comvita Honey, where they make many different products out of this honey product, and you can see the bees working.

Just before reaching the Rotorua central area we will take you to the Blue and Green Lake and Lake Tarawera lookout. Mount Tarawera erupted in June 1886 and on our way we pass The Buried Village of Te Wairoa (a result of the eruption). Heading back into Rotorua we stop at the Redwood Forest and take a short walk among the giant Redwoods and see the Silver Fern.

Once we get to Rotorua you will visit, Kuirau Park and take a walk around the mud pools and you can bathe your feet in the thermal foot pools, if you would like to. We then move onto take a stroll through 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 and take a drive along the waterfront of Lake Rotorua.

We will have time during the day to fit lunch in, this is at your expense.

All our tours include complimentary chilled bottled water and sunscreen. We strongly advise to bring comfortable walking shoes, sunhat and sunnies.

Tour XQ 4 – $NZ135.00 per person Hells Gate Geothermal Walk OR
Combo  -  $NZ190.00 per person Hells Gate including Mud Bath & Sulphur Spa

We meet and greet you on leaving your cruise ship, we will take you for a drive along Pilot Bay and then along the Pacific Coast of Mt Maunganui, surf beach on one side and luxury homes on the other, before heading inland through fertile land to the “Kiwi Fruit Capital” of New Zealand – Te Puke. We stop at Kiwi 360 which is a working Kiwifruit Orchard, where we show you the kiwifruit vines and explain to you the keys points of the kiwifruit growing cycles. You will also have the opportunity here to taste the fruit, wine and liqueurs as well as doing a little shopping, if you would like to. You can also purchase a kiwifruit ice cream from the Café.

Next stop is the Kaituna River/Okere Falls at Lake Rotoiti, you can get up close to the falls and/or watch from a lookout, you may even see the Rafters and Kayakers coming down the falls, this is a Grade 5 Rafting River with the highest commercially rafted waterfall, 7m, in the southern hemisphere.

It is then onto Hells Gate to walk around the geothermal wonders.  If you have chosen the combo package then after the walk is time to soak in the mud bath and sulphur spa.  After this you will probably be a little peckish so we will head to Wai-Ora for lunch so you can experience some Maori culinary delights (not a hangi)  Please note lunch is at your expense.

Once lunch is completed we will head into Rotorua City and visit Government Gardens and learn some of the history of the area including the lake front.

We will head back to the Port of Tauranga via the scenic highway and have you back one hour prior to the ship’s departure time.

What to bring – comfortable walking shoes, bathers, towel, sun hat, sunnies and a great sense of humour.

Complimentary chilled bottled water is available on all tours.

Looking for something different to the above – not a problem just let us know how many in your group and what you would like to see and do email info@xquizit.co.nz and we will come back to you with a free quote. Flexibility is key to ensure that you enjoy your Rotorua cruise ship tours.

Compare our price to what you would be paying on a Coach Tour, our day is fun and relaxed with a maximum of up to 11 passengers in one group – not 40 or 50

Here is the 2014/2015 Cruise Ship Schedule for the Port of Tauranga Click to Download Reader

SSummer 2014 / 2015 is busy at the Port of Tauranga with the following ships due to visit: Sea Princess, Sun Princess, Dawn Princess, Diamond Princess, Ocean Princess, Oosterdam, Celebrity Solstice, Voyager of the Seas, Pacific Pearl, Caledonian Sky, Radiance of the Seas, Seabourn Odyssey, Seven Seas Voyager, Seven Seas Mariner, L/Austral, Albatros. Silver Spirit, Deutschland, Crystal Serenity, Aurora, Insignia, Crystal Symphony, Amadea, Queen Elizabeth, Europa, Marina, - view the Tauranga Cruise Ship Schedule above.

Here are some ideas for you to choose from when you tour with us – we can tailor your tour to your interests...

  • Kiwi 360 - Kiwifruit Orchard - The picturesque organic kiwifruit orchard at Te Puke
  • Comvita Honey - World-class Manuka honey sourced from New Zealand's remote pollution free forests. 
  • Kaituna River/Okere Falls - A well-formed bushwalk with scenic lookouts over the Kaituna River and its spectacular waterfalls.
  • Canopy Tours - Zip lining over 500 year old forest and eco tour
  • Off Road NZ – Raceline Karting, Monster 4 x 4 Truck and 4WD Bush Safari
  • Waikite Hot Thermal Pools – invigorating mineral waters
  • Pure Cruise – Luxury Catamaran on Lake Rotoiti
  • Kawarau Jet Boat and Parasailing
  • Self-Drive Rail Cars – Travel 20km along the beautiful Rotorua Railway in your own four seat Rail Car.
  • Rainbow Springs & Kiwi Encounter - Trout sanctuary in peaceful bush setting, underwater observatory, wildlife, free flight native bird aviary, tuatara enclosure and nocturnal kiwi house. Enjoy the thrilling ride of the Big Splash. Kiwi Encounter tours available on the hour, last one at 4.00 p.m. bookings essential 
  • Agrodome - Sheep show and dog trials with lots of laughs, show times - 9.30 am, 11am and 2.30pm. 
  • Agroventures - Incorporating New Zealand's fastest Jet Sprint Boat, the Rotorua Bungy jump, Swoop, Freefall Xtreme body flying and the Shweeb - a human powered monorail. 
  • Skyline Skyrides - Take the Gondola up to Skyway Restaurant. You can also ride the Luge on three different tracksand they have mountain bikes for hire on their tracks
  • Volcanic Hills Winery – take in the view over Rotorua while tasting some fine wines made right here in Rotorua, sourcing the grapes from some of the best wine growing regions around NZ
  • Te Puia NZ Maori Arts and Crafts - Premier Maori culture and geo-thermal experience. World famous Pohutu Geyser, boiling mud pools, Maori carving and weaving, live kiwi display, Maori village and meeting house, Show Times – 10.15 a.m., 12.15 p.m., 3.15 p.m. daily, guided tours on the hour.
  • Whaka Village - Maori village of Te Whakarewarewa. Guided tours of village displaying ancient traditions and traditional artists at work. Food available cooked in steam ovens and boiling pools. Craft shop, wood and jade carving demonstrations. Admission includes cultural performance 11.15am and 2 pm daily 
  • Hells Gate Thermal Valley and mud baths
  • Waimangu Volcanic Valley 
  • Wai-o-tapu Thermal Wonderland 
  • NZ Riverjet – Jet Boat Thermal Safari includes entry to Orakei Korako “The Hidden Valley” Cave and Thermal Park 
  • Polynesian Spa - The Polynesian Spa provides a unique thermal spa experience in a picturesque, tranquil setting overlooking Lake Rotorua. 
  • The Blue Baths and Museum of Art & History are beautiful blend of luxury and history set in the beautiful Government Gardens. 
  • Kuirau Park, Ohinemutu, Redwoods, Lakes, Hamurana Springs area - there are so many sights to see, whilst visiting our unique part of the world.

Here's what some of our recent customers have said about our cruise ship shore tours Tauranga:-

"Thank you both very much, for taking great care of us, and the wonderful transport to Trinity Wharf and return. We all had a great time.
Many thanks
Sue Bedford – Hydraulink"

"We fly home from LA this afternoon. We have traveled to many wonderful and historic places in Europe but I have never left a piece of my heart anywhere such as I have in New Zealand! It was a wonderful visit in every way -beautiful land and climate and the most warm and welcoming people I've ever met anywhere. I'd come back in a heartbeat. Your tour was such a wonderful day for all of us. I'm just sorry that John's wife, Karol, had to miss it due to her illness on this trip. Otherwise, we all had an outstanding day! Thank you again, for such a lovely tour.
My best to you,
Vicki"

"Hi Brian
Just a short note to thank you for a lovely trip to Rotorua when our cruise arrived in November, we had a great day and were very impressed with your service and the concern you had for Karen and her bad knees. Hope to return some day soon. Thanks again.
Cheers
Karen, Norma, Julie, Grace and Sam"

"I just wanted to say thank you for a fantastic day out in Rotorua. Everyone enjoyed it very much thanks to the great service Brian provided. Hope to work with you guys in the future.
All the best ,
Ben
Seabourn Odyssey"

 

Please Note: The price advertised might not be the same price charged to your 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 Costs:
These are the responsibility of the passengers with exception to the  Tours that state they are included.

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.