Tour Outline:- After meeting you at the Port of Tauranga, we begin the tour with a short drive along the coast, where we stop to enjoy the sandy beaches of Mt Maunganui and Papamoa Here we tell you about the region, its history, economy, geology, the volcanoes and the arrival of the Polynesians, who later became known as Maori. Hear the story of Mauao (an extinct volcano here in Tauranga) where legend tells us, his love we rejected by the beautiful girl mountain, Puwhenua, and he called on the ‘patupaiarehe’ (fairies of the forest) to help throw him into the pacific and so end his suffering.
Continuing on to Rotorua we drive through kiwi fruit orchards and learn about where they came from, how they got their name ‘kiwi fruit’ and their economic importance to the region.
Then we continue through dense pine forest plantations to arrive at Okere Falls - home of the grade 5 Kaituna River which sees thousands of white water rafters plummet over the 7-metre-high waterfall each year. Most days in summer we get to watch them raft the falls from a vantage point high in the native rainforest overlooking the river. You will also get the chance to taste medicinal plants, hear why the ‘silver fern’ is such a commonly used symbol in New Zealand (including being on the shirts of our national rugby team, the All Blacks) and why there are no native mammals in New Zealand (with the exception of 3 little bats).
Next is the Agrodome Farm Show:-
Get ready for a fun-packed hour of entertainment and education for the whole family… the legendary Agrodome Farm Show!
You’ll hear amazing facts and have a few laughs as you’re introduced to 19 breeds of sheep. Then, witness a live sheep shearing demonstration and a fun sheep auction with bidding from the floor and audience participation.
But the animal stars are not just sheep. The remarkable farm dogs will amaze you, as they demonstrate their ability to respond to commands and keep those sheep (and ducks!) in line!
If a hands-on experience is what you want, jump up on stage for the opportunity to feed the baby lambs or even hand-milk a cow!
Your ticket to the show includes access to the Farmyard Nursery, home to the smallest, cutest animals at the Agrodome. Pet, and have your photo taken, with cute lambs and other baby farm animals. Then pop across to the herding area to watch a free live dog trial after the show!
After the farm show, you can either have lunch at the Agrodome or at Rainbow Springs (lunch is not included)
Then it’s Rainbow Springs where there is so much to do and see, including close encounters with eels, trout, native birds and a chance to see our national icon, the Kiwi. Finish up with a plunge down the log flume (if you dare)!
Time permitting (depending on the departure time of your ship and it’s not guaranteed), we will try to fit in a visit the crystal clear Hamurana Springs to see the local ducks and trout, or stop off at Comvita, the home of the world famous Manuka Honey and enjoy a kiwi fruit ice cream.
After a great day out we will guarantee you are back at the port in plenty of time to board your ship, taking with you lots of wonderful memories and photos, of your tour with us.
‘Ka kite anō’ and have a safe journey.