Tauranga Sightseeing Shuttle Service | Rotorua Hop On Hop Off

Tauranga Sightseeing Shuttle Service | Rotorua Hop On Hop Off

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


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


There are 24 reviews of this tour from past clients of Relaxing Journeys, averaging 4.9 out of 5.

Tour Reviews

Coach clean and comfortable, punctual driver very knowledgeable and helpful.
Overall Tour Rating

Thank you for arranging such an incredible tour. Grahame the bus driver was extremely helpful and informative. It is a pity we didn't have more time to spend in Rotorua but I think we will be making a return journey to see all the attractions we couldn't see this time. The cruise ship tours were so expensive and I'm so glad we found your website to enjoy Rotorua. Thanks again.
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Our driver was first class, very obliging and informative. Nothing was a bother to him. I would definitely use that tour company again so hope you keep them also.
Overall Tour Rating

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.
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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

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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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.
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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.
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Alan was an excellent driver and guide. He made our day very enjoyable. We have done this tour before and always enjoyed it.
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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.
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Tauranga Sightseeing Shuttle Service | Rotorua Hop On Hop Off
Sightseeing Tours
Tour Code: TRG3
From (NZD) $99 per person
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24 reviews (4.9/5)

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