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Te Puia and Geysers Tour

If you only have one day to see a unique and special part of New Zealand, then this tour is a great option. Informative and great fun, our knowledgeable fulltime guides will provide a day of exciting discovery, as you journey into the heart of the North Island’s volcanic zone.

Hobbiton and Rotorua Geysers Tour

This is your chance to visit TWO of the North Island’s top visitor attractions on the same day! The amazing geothermal activity and geysers at Te Puia, and Hobbiton, the movie set, home of Bilbo Baggins.

Agrodome and Rainbow Springs Tour

This is a great tour for families. First stop is the Agrodome for a one-hour farm show starring sheep, dogs, ducks, cows and more. Very amusing and interactive as well as informative, giving an insight into New Zealand’s rural life.

Geothermal Highlights Tour

If you have been to Rotorua before, or have seen geysers in Yellowstone or Iceland and want something slightly different, then this is a tour worth considering.

White Water Rafting

Experience the thrill of Whitewater rafting on the Kaituna River a grade 5 river, with the highest commercially rafted waterfall in the world! An adrenalin rush, fast and furious, this exhilarating ride moves you through foamy water and over the awesome seven metre drop.

Zipline Canopy Tour

During your 3-hour Canopy Tour, you will be guided through this magical place on a 1.2 kilometre network of 6 ziplines, swing bridges and treetop platforms up to 22 metres high, in the Canopy of our ancient native forest.

Charter Tour

This is ideal for larger groups and lets you choose your destination and times. We can even accommodate multiple drop-offs and pick-ups in Rotorua and Tauranga, if some of your group would like to do different activities.

Polynesian Spa and Luge Tour

A fantastic day for family and friends, young and old. Enjoy the views of lake Rotorua and the city from the top of the Skyline Gondola, race down the luge tracks in specially designed carts (great for children of all ages, even the ‘retired’ ones).

Waitomo Glow Worm Cave Tour

A chance to see New Zealand’s unique glow worm whilst you drift on a boat through the Glow Worm Grotto gazing up at the tens of thousands of tiny lights.

Custom Tour

For many ‘cruisers’, this is their second or even third visit to Tauranga and the Bay of Plenty. Our custom tours allow you to choose what you want to see, and spend as much, or as little time, at each venue as you want.

Gold, Forests and Mines Tour

During the 1860’s New Zealand was at the centre of a gold rush. About an hour’s drive from Tauranga, in a gap between the Kaimai Ranges and the Coromandel, lies Karangahake Gorge, once the home to a gold mining settlement of over 2,000 people.

Twin V8's meet Endangered Birds

You will be met at the end of the Wharf and then head for Lake Rotorua, which sits in the massive caldera of a dormant volcano at the eastern end of the Taupo Volcanic zone. Makoia Island, your destination, sits in the middle of this stunning lake.
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Rotorua Geyser Tour for cruise ship passengers

Rotorua Geyser Tour for cruise ship passengers

Cruise Tauranga are your award winning shore trip specialists

A Visit to one of the world's most spectacular Geothermal Wonderlands is our most popular shore tour for cruise ship passengers visiting the Port of Tauranga.
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Lord of the Rings movie set tour

Lord of the Rings movie set tour

This is your chance to visit TWO of the North Islands top visitor attractions on the same day! The amazing geothermal activity and geysers at Te Puia, and Hobbiton, the movie set home of Bilbo Baggins.
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Geothermal Highlights Tour

Geothermal Highlights Tour

You have one day only. It is quite likely you will only spend one day in the Rotorua/Bay of Plenty area and there is so much to see and enjoy. You really should make the most of it.

Cruise Tauranga awarded for its excellent Cruise Ship shore toursCruise Tauranga are your cruise ship shore tour, award winning specialist!

We have been running shore excursions since 2001, have hosted over 9,000 cruise ship passengers and have NEVER missed a ship. We guarantee* to get you back to your ship on time.


Cruise Tauranga provide exceptional shore tours for cruise ship passengers visiting the Port of Tauranga, Rotorua and the Bay of Plenty  

Cruise Tauranga - Cruise Ship tours from Tauranga to Rotorua

Join us for what will probably be the best day of your New Zealand cruise. Rotorua is amazing with its geysers, boiling pools, bubbling mud, kiwi birds, stunning lakes, Maori culture, sub-tropical rain forest and so much more! Prefer action? Then try white water rafting on the Kaituna river, glow worm caves at Waitomo or zip lining high in the canopy. What about jet-boating on Lake Rotorua?

You will enjoy

  • Small groups of no more that 14 people
  • Picked up and dropped off at the Port of Tauranga
  • Experienced guides 
  • A day with a company that works in tourism all year round (we probably know more about the area than anybody)
  • A full commentary during your tour in an air conditioned vehicle
  • Our vehicle fleet has been given a '5-star' safety rating by the New Zealand Government's Land Transport Authority
  • All our drivers have current First Aid certificates and have been 'police vetted'
  • We are licensed by the New Zealand Governments Department of Conservation to lead tours in our National Parks
  • We are 'Qualmarked' meaning we have met the requirements of 'Qualmark' here in New Zealand and are audited by them on a regular basis.

We have many tours for you to choose from, have a look at our list. If you would prefer a private customised one, have a large group or would like to be guided in French or Japanese, then do contact us. Click here to see tours

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  • Amazing day with Cruise Tauranga 
    We organised a day tour to Rotarua on the day our cruise arrived in Tauranga. Guy was waiting for us in a mini bus when we docked. We spent an amazing day with several stops only the locals would know! The day was fun and interesting and great value for money . Because we were a small group we could be flexible with where we stopped and how long for. Could not recommend more highly if you are looking for a more personal and cost effective than the tours offered by your cruise line. We were traveling with friends and we all agreed this was the best day we spent in New Zealand.

    Pauline B, Frankston, Australia
  • We were met by Simon, our guide, at the Tauranga quay. An excellent and informative day out to the Kiwi plantation, Okere Falls and Te Puia for the Maori show and the Geysers. Simon's background as a geography and geology teacher make him a very knowledgeable guide and he kept us entertained throughout.

    Bob - Wokingham
  • This was a private tour off of Celebrity solstice. Excellent tour with Simon. Very informative and well planned. 
    Noticed that even though we emailed in credit card info , that it was not charged until well after the tour was over. Would highly recommend this tour.

    Lanny - Kennett
  • A great tailor-made tour
    On New Year's Day Michelle met our family of 5 at the dock and took us around the area. As previously organised with Simon our main criteria was that we wished to see thermal activity and go to Hobbiton. Michelle did this and more adding in Kiwi360, guiding us around TePui, magnificent viewpoints, interesting information and bottles of water when we needed them. Michelle made sure we had plenty of time to see every thing we visited and was extremely friendly. Highly recommend this company to anyone planning to go to Tauranga or Rotorua.

    Mildura, Victoria
  • A great tailor-made tour
    “My daughter and I did the Rotorua Geyser shore tour with Michele. Michele was excellent. She had lots of great information to share, and she was prepared to answer questions. This tour covered a lot of attractions - kiwi orchard, Te Puia, geyser and mud pools, Maori cultural show, and rain forest walk. I booked this tour before I ever left home, relying on TripAdvisor reviews. If you're like me, and you're a little apprehensive about booking a tour from the other side of the world, let me put you at ease. CruiseTauranga knows how to serve cruise passengers. We had a great, great day!”

    CynthiaK840, Worthington, Ohio.
  • It was great
    It was great. Guy taught us so much about New Zealand's history, culture, people and natural environment. It was the best day of a fantastic holiday. Guy was more than a tour guide, he is an awesome ambassador for all things NZ. He was very intelligent, and good humoured (and tolerant of our groups occasional inappropriate jokes) Our group ranged in age from 16 to 70 and Guy got hugs and handshakes from all at the end of the day. Thank you Learning Journeys, we could not have asked for more. Kia kaha!”

    Bruceferguson, Brisbane Region, Australia


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