Tauranga, New Zealand

New Zealand's natural bounty is always on display at the Bay of Plenty. It was Captain James Cook who in 1769 aptly named this bay, thanks to the prosperous Maori villages of the region. Tauranga, the chief city, is a bustling port, an agricultural and timber center and a popular seaside resort. Tauranga is also the gateway to Rotorua - a geothermal wonderland that is the heart of Maori culture. A 90-minute drive from Tauranga, Rotorua is New Zealand's primary tourist attraction.

Your ship docks near the foot of Mt. Maunganui, which rises 761 feet above the bay. Across the harbor, Tauranga offers scenic tidal beaches at Omokoroa and Pahoia. The region boasts fine beaches, big-game fishing, thermal springs and seaside resorts.

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Points of Interest

  • Tamaki Maori Village (Maori Concert & Hangi)
  • Rotorua
  • Te Puia Thermal Reserve
  • Rainbow Springs
  • Skyline Skyrides
  • Waiotapu
  • Agrodome
  • Polynesian Spa
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  • Tamaki Maori Village (Maori Concert & Hangi)

    A visit to the Tamaki Maori Village, proud winner of New Zealand's Supreme Tourism Award, is a fun way to learn about the heritage and cultural legacy of the Maori. Experience Maori singing and dancing, and sample traditional food.

  • Rotorua

    A place of natural beauty, Rotorua is the geothermal capital of New Zealand and home to 16 incredible lakes.

  • Te Puia Thermal Reserve

    Learn about the Maori culture at the fascinating Te Puia Thermal Reserve, home to a re-creation of an early Maori village, the magnificent Pohutu geyser, boiling mud pools, and the National carving and weaving school.

  • Rainbow Springs

    Spread over 22 beautiful acres, Rainbow Springs is a must-see destination for nature lovers. Explore the trout pools, view 135 varieties of native trees and observe exotic native birds, including New Zealand's national emblem, the kiwi.

  • Skyline Skyrides

    Rotorua's Skyline Skyrides is the perfect venue for a family day out. Enjoy the thrilling gondola cable-car ride up the side of Mount Ngongotaha, experience the fun of the high speed Luge, while soaking up the stunning panoramic views.

  • Waiotapu

    Wai-O-Tapu, Maori for "Sacred Waters", is an active geothermal area found in New Zealand's Taupo volcanic zone. This thermal wonderland boasts breath-taking erupting geysers, bubbling mud pools, mineral terraces and steaming volcanic lakes.

  • Agrodome

    See New Zealand through the eyes of a farmer on this unique 160-hectare sheep and beef farm. Watch sheep dogs in action, a sheep shearing demonstration, view 19 breeds of sheep and purchase woolen products at their shop.

  • Polynesian Spa

    One of New Zealand's leading international day spas, the Polynesian Spa boasts many sumptuous spa and massage therapies. Enjoy their four relaxing hot spring pools, as well as the stunning views of Lake Rotorua.

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Guided Walking Tour of Mauao

3.5 hours | Tauranga | TRG-385

Put on your hiking boots for a vigorous trek up Mount Maunganui to the summit of Mauao, where you can relax and enjoy a bird's eye view and a light refreshment. For an additional fee, you can soak in the nearby Mt. Maunganui Hot Salt Water Pools.

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Tauranga Drive, Elms Mission Station & Kiwi Country

4.25 hours | Tauranga | TRG-210

Soak up Tauranga's local highlights on a narrated drive about the bay. Tour the lush orchards of Kiwi Country and shop for kiwi-related souvenirs in the marketplace at the Village Community Hall. Later, visit the historic Elms Mission Station, the oldest European heritage site in the Bay of Plenty.

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$84.95

Maori Cultural Highlights

4.25 hours | Tauranga | TRG-200

Gain insight into the Maori culture with a visit to a local Ngati Ranginui Maori Marae, a real working Maori meeting place, where the local tribe regularly gathers. Watch a colorful performance of traditional dances and chants, view Maori arts and crafts, and browse the gift shop for souvenirs.

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$94.95

Glorious Bay of Plenty: Rich Land, Rich Culture

4.25 hours | Tauranga | TRG-220

Travel into the heart of Kiwifruit Country for a fun and unique cultural encounter. Meet a Maori family, hear their stories, and enjoy their songs and dances. Walk under the green and gold kiwifruit vines. Enjoy a cup of tea and shop for gifts and souvenirs in the large retail shop.

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$99.95

Skyline Gondola & Luge

6 hours | Tauranga | TRG-425
  • Rotorua
  • Skyline Skyrides

A gravity-defying adventure awaits when you board a gondola at Skyline Rotorua and climb the slopes of Mount Ngongotaha. At the top, make your way to the luge track for a fun-filled ride in a three-wheel cart. Ideal for the entire family, you can purchase additional luge rides, refreshments and lunch.

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Bay of Plenty Helicopter Flightseeing

.75 hours | Tauranga | TRG-850

Take to the skies for a bird's eye view of some of the region's most stunning sites. Your helicopter flight takes you over Mount Maunganui Beach, Mauao, through the Harbor entrance, and soars above the coastline over Matakana Island with stunning views of the Tauranga harbor.

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$124.95

Local Connections: Tastes of Tauranga

4.5 hours | Tauranga | TRG-300

Discover why the area is called Bay of Plenty with a tour that shows off the land's incredible abundance, productivity and people. Designed for the serious foodie, you'll learn about the area, its history, and people and get to delight in delicious samplings of some amazing local foods.

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$129.95

The Living Village Experience

5.5 hours | Tauranga | TRG-250

Take a culture trip to Rotorua's Whakarewarewa - The Living Maori Village, which offers an authentic look at the Tûhourangi Ngâti Wâhiao people. Witness a traditional Maori performance, dine on hangi, New Zealand's signature dish, and learn how they use the area's natural geothermal wonders for cooking, bathing and heating.

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$144.95

Kaituna River Rafting Adventure

5 hours | Tauranga | TRG-500

Take adventure to the max with an exhilarating whitewater rafting trip down the magnificent Kaituna River. Feel the adrenaline rush of rushing down Grade 3 rapids, gliding past beautiful forests lining the riverbank and plunging 22 feet over the world's highest commercially rafted waterfall.

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Hobbiton Movie Set

5 hours | Tauranga | TRG-225

Enter the world of JRR Tolkien's Middle Earth during a fascinating guided tour of the Hobbiton movie set! Stroll through the village where Bilbo Baggins lived and the quest for the ring began. Then relax with a cup of coffee and a sweet treat at the Green Dragon Inn.

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$159.95

Tamaki Maori Village

6 hours | Tauranga | TRG-295
  • Rotorua
  • Tamaki Maori Village (Maori Concert & Hangi)

Discover the Maori world of myths and legends with an exclusive Princess Cruises excursion! This award-winning cultural experience is a journey back in time where you will visit the traditional Tamaki Maori Village and watch it come it to life with tribal chants and dances, and a hangi feast.

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$164.95

Local Connections: Te Puia Thermal Reserve, Maori Arts & Agrodome (Wheelchair Accessible)

8.5 hours | Tauranga | TRG-101
  • Rotorua
  • Te Puia Thermal Reserve
  • Agrodome

Join a Maori guide and explore Te Puia Thermal Reserve, a geothermal valley of boiling mud holes, spouting geysers and mineral terraces. Tour the Maori Arts & Crafts Institute, where young apprentices learn traditional artistic skills. Watch a demonstration of sheep-farming skills and view prized sheep breeds at Agrodome.

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$174.95

Local Connections: Te Puia Thermal Reserve, Maori Arts & Agrodome

8.5 hours | Tauranga | TRG-100
  • Rotorua
  • Te Puia Thermal Reserve
  • Agrodome

Join a Maori guide and explore Te Puia Thermal Reserve, a geothermal valley of boiling mud holes, spouting geysers and mineral terraces. Tour the Maori Arts & Crafts Institute, where young apprentices learn traditional artistic skills. Watch a demonstration of sheep-farming skills and view prized sheep breeds at Agrodome.

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Waihi Gold Discovery Experience

7.25 hours | Tauranga | TRG-130

Step back into the gold rush era with an excursion to Waihi and a tour of the massive Martha Gold Mine, noted as New Zealand's richest gold mine. Enjoy a ride on the Goldfields Heritage Railway. And try your hand at gold mining at the award-winning Gold Discovery Center.

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$179.95

Glow Worm Kayaking & Thermal Hot Pool

6.5 hours | Tauranga | TRG-745

Paddle across magnificent Lake Rotoiti by kayak with your guide and into a hidden cave full of glow worms. Then, soak up the mineral-rich waters in the Manupirua Springs hot pools. A classic lunch of sandwich, biscuit, chocolate bar and bottle of water adds to the day's fun.

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$179.95

Rotorua Geothermal Exploration by Bicycle

4.5 hours | Tauranga | TRG-440
  • Rotorua

Explore the geothermal wonderland on two wheels during a fully guided bicycle tour. Visit Rotorua's natural and cultural sites and learn about the area's significance to the Maori. Pedal past mud pools, Lake Rotorua, the Maori waka (canoe), and Malfroy Geysers and pause for a snack at Rotorua Redwoods Park.

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Wai-o-Tapu Thermal Wonderland & Lunch Cruise

9 hours | Tauranga | TRG-105
  • Rotorua
  • Waiotapu

Take a hike into the Wai-O-Tapu thermal valley where you'll be rewarded with spectacular mud pools, geysers, huge craters, colorful mineral terraces and steaming volcanic lakes. Then, enjoy lunch and a Maori performance onboard the Lakeland Queen, a stern-driven paddle vessel ideal for Lake Rotorua's shallow waters.

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Hell's Gate & Rotorua Highlights

8 hours | Tauranga | TRG-230
  • Rotorua
  • Rainbow Springs

Behold the rugged beauty of Mother Nature with a day exploring her otherworldly wonders. Marvel at the steaming fumeroles, erupting geysers and mud pools inside Hell's Gate. View amazing flora and fauna at Rainbow Springs Nature Park. And revel in the fun of a hangi lunch and Maori cultural performance.

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Waitomo Caves & Kiwi House

8.5 hours | Tauranga | TRG-235

Step into a boat inside the famous Waitomo Glow-Worm Cave and glide along an underground river in pitch darkness-you'll be rewarded with a galaxy of glow-worms lighting the way. Back in the daylight, you'll head to Otorohanga Kiwi House for a look at New Zealand's adorable national symbol.

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$219.95

Waimangu Volcanic Valley & Rainbow Springs

9 hours | Tauranga | TRG-110
  • Rotorua
  • Rainbow Springs

Explore the wonders of the region beginning with a guided trek through the astonishing Waimangu Volcanic Valley. Next, enjoy a cruise on Lake Rotomahana, the world's youngest geothermal area. Then, feast on lunch before continuing to Rainbow Springs, home to baby kiwis, trout pools, and native trees.

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Beaches and Lakes

6 hours | Tauranga | TRG-245
  • Rotorua

Discover the beautiful coastline, native forest and fresh water lakes of the Bay of Plenty beginning with a stop at Maketu Beach where the first Maori canoes arrived in New Zealand. Then, embark on a cruise around Lake Rotoiti. Finally, drive to the edge of Lake Rotorua for views of Mokoia Island.

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Rotorua & Polynesian Spa Experience

8 hours | Tauranga | TRG-150
  • Te Puia Thermal Reserve
  • Polynesian Spa

Indulge in a little well-deserved pampering during a day devoted to relaxation and luxury. Following a traditional Maori cultural performance at the Te Puia thermal Reserve, you'll travel to the Polynesian Lake Spa Retreat for a serene soak in one of the wonderful hot mineral pools.

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$269.95

White Island Helicopter Flightseeing

2 hours | Tauranga | TRG-855

Let your imagination fly as you thrill to the spectacular sights of White Island, an active andesite stratovolcano. You'll have an unforgettable vantage point from the safety of your helicopter seat as you survey the rugged and unspoiled coastline and abundant sea life.

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$719.95