Tauranga Sightseeing Shuttle Service | Rotorua Explorer

Tauranga Sightseeing Shuttle Service | Rotorua Explorer

The Rotorua Explorer usually departs at 10 am and will return you to the ship 7 hours later but at least 1 hour before the ships sailing time.

On the 60 minute scenic drive to Rotorua you will travel through Te Puke, the kiwi fruit capital of the world, forests and past Lake Rotorua.

Your driver will provide information during the journey on the destinations you could visit in Rotorua and activities you can enjoy. Information leaflets on the destinations are available with full details.

We travel the circuit 4 times throughout the day with a final collection point at the Agrodome at 3.45pm, so you can see their last show of the day before joining the shuttle for the return to Tauranga by a different route, through forests, into deep gorges, past sheep and deer farms and kiwifruit orchards, finally travelling through Tauranga, over the Harbour bridge and back to the ship.

If the destination you want to visit is not covered by one of our five stopping points then these can be visited by booking through the Rotorua I-Site who can also assist with local transport if needed. There is no obligation to visit any destination, just cruise on the shuttle, take a walk around [plenty of things to see for free] visit the shops, buy a picnic to enjoy by the lakefront, plus lots of cafes etc.

Tour Info

Tour Type: Cruise Ship Shore Excursions
From: Tauranga to Tauranga
Price:
From (NZD) $99 per person
Duration: 1 Day
Tour Code: TRG3

Inclusions

Timetable of Stops

No. of Circuts
Location 1st 2nd 3rd 4th
Te Puia Geothermal Park 11:45 13:00 14:00 15:00
Rotorua I-Site 11:55 13:10 14:10 15:10
Lake front drive 12:00 13:15 14:15 15:15
Polynesian Spa 12:10 13:25 14:25 15:25
Skyline Rotorua 12:20 13:35 14:35 15:35
Final collection point will be at the Agrodome at 15:45

If you want to try out the amazing ziplining with Canopy Tours in Rotorua, we can also drop you at their office after the first stop at Te Puia. When you have completed their program we will then arrange to collect you at one of the above stops for your return to Tauranga and the ship.

Tour Departures

  • Frequency: Departures coincide with cruise ship arrivals.
  • Departure Point: The shuttle departs from the ports main pedestrian gate in Salisbury Avenue, just 150m from the ship.
  • Departure Times: 10:00 or 10:30 for later ships.
  • Duration: 6 1/2 hours approximately
  • Closed: This tour only operates on days cruise ships arrive into Tauranga.

Important Information

  • The times shown here are only approximate and passengers should be at the meeting points 5 minutes before the due time. If you are unable to meet the shuttle on its last circuit then you are responsible to make your own way back to the ship. Details of options for this are provided on the day.
  • No meals are included in this tour.
  • Child rates for 4-15 years.
  • The infant option guarantees children aged 0-3 years a seat onboard the coach. If a ticket is not purchased then the infant may have to sit on an adults lap. If you have a suitable baby or infant seat, then this can be used, or you may be able to hire one from the operator. It is the parents choice as to how their children travel on the vehicles provided on the day.
  • This tour must be booked at least 72 hours in advance of travel.
  • Confirmation for this product will be received within 24 hours of booking, subject to availability.
  • Tour is operated in English unless otherwise stated.
  • Complete operator information, including opening times and local contact telephone numbers are included on your e-voucher.

Tourism Affiliations

Qualmark Endorsed Visitor TransportQualmark Endorsed Visitor Service

4.9/5.0

There are 21 reviews of this tour from past clients of Relaxing Journeys, averaging 4.9 out of 5.


Tour Reviews

5
02/04/2017
We really enjoyed the Rotorua Explorer tour from Tauranga. Our driver (Brian) was waiting for us with his mini bus at the agreed time. We enjoyed his knowledgeable commentary during the drive to Rotorua, he certainly has an extensive knowledge base and some interesting stories to tell. Although advertised as a hop on/hop off tour, it really was personalised for each traveller and we were able to choose how much time was spent and which locations appealed to us. My elderly mother (85) and myself spent most of our time at The Polynesian Spa. Our driver was very punctual and turned up on time at the agreed time. He asked us what else we would like to see and we selected to see the boiling mud / thermal activity at the Government Gardens. He took photos for us, helped my elderly mother to enter & exit the bus and was really just the nicest person you could meet. Excellent in every way. Everybody on the bus was extremely happy with how the day turned out and I highly recommend this tour. Our driver helped make this stop on our cruise holiday the most enjoyable of all the ports we visited.
Overall Tour Rating

5
10/03/2017
The driver was very informative and fun to be with. He took a great deal of trouble helping us all and made the day a wonderful one. Thank you. If we ever go to NZ again we'll be contacting you for future trips/tours. As you know we had experienced some dreadful weather so having him with us made all the difference. Truly it was a great day.
Overall Tour Rating

5
23/02/2017
Our driver Alan was excellent. He went above and beyond to ensure we all had a great day, making sure we saw what we wanted and more. He was prompt with pick ups and took us a different route back to the ship. I would not hesitate to recommend the Rotorua Explorer Tour.
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5
24/01/2017
I would highly recommend this tour. The driver was very polite and his suggestions were appreciated. He worked with all on board to customise the drop-off points and the duration.
Overall Tour Rating

5
21/11/2016
Maybe we didn't fully understand the scope of the day. We believed the tour included entry to tourist venues. The driver was very well informed and made the day enjoyable. Prompt feedback from Mani prior to our tour was appreciated.
Overall Tour Rating

5
27/03/2016
Alan was an excellent driver and guide. He made our day very enjoyable. We have done this tour before and always enjoyed it.
Overall Tour Rating

5
13/01/2016
Driver was fantastic - very informative, friendly and accommodating. He was happy to pick up and drop off all groups at different times and places. The sites were all very interesting, especially the cultural experience at Rotorua.
Overall Tour Rating

5
01/03/2015
It was a great tour and very good value. We have done it before a year or so ago and it was just as good. John is a good tour guide. Will do it again if we are over that way.
Overall Tour Rating

5
01/02/2015
Thank you for giving me a lovely day, in spite of the rain. Your driver Alan was excellent, even walked through the Thermal area with us, explaining things. I didn't expect to visit the interesting Kiwifruit farm, or the lovely cascades or drive through Rotorua township, which brought back many memories from my previous visit in 1975. We returned to the ship through another lovely gorge, making a round trip of it! The day was the highlight of my New Zealand cruise experience.
Overall Tour Rating

5
10/02/2014
Great trip Brian the driver very informative with his commentary and knowledge, went out off his way to show us the various sites and places of interest- highly recommended.
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5
17/01/2014
The tour to Rotorua was wonderful. Both my wife and I really enjoyed the company of Brian who's commentary throughout the trip could not have been better. He explained the history of the various places we passed told us all about the native fauna. As far as taking us to the various places of interest, he catered for our every request. Rather than a Tour operator, Bryan was more like a friend and in our opinion, went far beyond the call of duty. The day was one of the most enjoyable on our holiday and we will certainly reccommend this tour to any of our friends who will be travelling to New Zealand. Also, thank you to Sally for organising everything which went like clockwork.
Overall Tour Rating

5
24/11/2013
Your full day tour cost was less than half the cost of the cruise ship tour - our driver's knowledge of the country side and local history was fantastic - he let us choose where we wanted to go and see and picked us up at an agreed time. An outstanding day out thanks to your company.
Overall Tour Rating

5
03/11/2013
We found your tour on the Internet. We were going on a cruise and needed to visit places, not necessarily using the ships tours and prices. We were very impressed as the driver was really flexible and knowledgable. Taking into consideration the things different people on the tour wished or hoped to visit and did his best to accommodate us all. No mean task. Well done and thanks, have passed this information on to friends doing a similar cruise.
Overall Tour Rating

5
21/03/2013
We booked a trip on your shuttle from our ship to Rotoura on Thursday 21st March 2013. Brian was our driver and he was excellent. Other than dropping us off at various places , he also took us to other places of interest. He knows such a lot about the Tauranga & Rotorua areas & is passionate about the Maori culture & the history of the land. We will recommend this tour to anyone. Please pass on our thanks to Brian for a fantastic day.
Overall Tour Rating

5
24/02/2013
We went from our cruise ship on the shuttle bus to Rotorua and really loved it. Our coach driver was wonderful and gave us lots of information as we travelled through the beautiful country side. He then dropped us off at various points then picking us up at prearranged times. It was very apparent that he loved the work he was doing. I would recomend this service to anyone.
Overall Tour Rating

5
23/02/2013
Our driver, Brian, was excellent. He could not do enough to make everyone's (there were 10 on the bus) day just what they wanted - a time to remember! He knows such a lot about the Tauranga & Rotorua areas & is passionate about the Maori culture & the history of the land. We would like our thanks to go to him for a lovely morning and to your company for organising the tour.
Overall Tour Rating

5
30/01/2013
As there were not many in our tour group we were able to call the shots on where we went and for how long we were there for. Our coach driver was great keeping us informed of the places we saw. We went to Te Puia and then took our kids onto Skyline - I have told everyone back home how much fun Downhill go carting is - HIGHLY recomend it! Our day was great and we were back in plenty of time for our ship departure. Thank you for a great day out!
Overall Tour Rating

5
05/01/2013
We were extremely happy with the tour and our guide Brian. He was a very friendly, happy and knowledgeable person who shared with us the highlights of his town. We had a great day out!
Overall Tour Rating

5
05/12/2012
Whilst my wife and I had viewed this simply as a transport option from Tauranga to Rotorua, it turned out to be a shuttle service to a number of attractions around Rotorua. Brian (the driver) was very informative and his narration and anecdotes made the one hour plus drive, appear to pass in no time at all. This was well worth the cost as an alternative to hiring your own vehicle and not knowing where to go.
Overall Tour Rating

3
25/11/2012
Tour got off to a bad start when we waited at Tauranga pick-up point (next to shipping dock) for 20 miuntes, which may not seem like a lot of time, but of course it had a snowball effect for the rest of the day. The driver just stood talking to the Manager of the bus company near where passengers were coming off the ship, and we couldn't help but wonder if our delayed departure was due to the Manager trying to drum up more business! To further add insult to injury, the driver then announced on our eventual departure that there would be a detour to 'Hell's Gate' for some passengers on the bus, which meant we were over half an hour late getting to our first stop at Te Puia. I asked the driver if there would be any adjustment of our departure time from Rotorua to make up for our overall reduced time in Rotorua, but this never occurred. I find this sort of disrupt really disappointing, when the pre-booked passengers have all ensured they were ready to depart at the set time, but the company itself doesn't follow suit. If extra time was provided in Rotorua, I wouldn't have felt so annoyed at the delays, but this never eventuated. With only one day in port we were trying to maximise our time seeing as much as we could, not expecting to have that time reduced by the shuttle company itself.
Overall Tour Rating

5
01/01/2012
Brian our driver to Rotorua was excellent, very knowledgeable and helpful to us and others on the bus. He really personalised the trip for us and worked around our timetable. He kept us entertained all day.
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Tauranga Sightseeing Shuttle Service | Rotorua Explorer
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Tour Code: TRG3
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