An organised day tour Tauranga is the only way you will be able to visit Rotorua or Hobbiton to experience Maori culture, our geothermal landscape or the Lord of the Rings movie set.

There is no public transport available to either of these inland destinations that will return to your ship in time for your departure.

A day tour Tauranga is sure to be a highlight of your cruise around New Zealand.

The port of Tauranga is the gateway to Rotorua which is just over an hour away by road.

Shore Excursions Map

Day tour Tauranga and Rotorua Map

Rotorua is considered a must see when visiting New Zealand.

Famous for its scenic lakes, Maori Culture, and geothermal activity (Boiling mud, steam vents and the largest geyser in the Southern Hemisphere)

Inland in a different direction is the film location of Hobbiton, famous for the movies the Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit.

Cruise ship arrival and departure times change on a daily basis.

Shipping can only enter and depart the Tauranga  harbour at set times due to the tidal conditions. Our day tours are designed with cruise ships schedules arrivals and departures.

Celebrity Solstice arriving the port of Tauranga.

After entering Tauranga Harbour and passing by our iconic mountain, Mauao, you will berth at Mount Maunganui (one of Tauranga’s largest suburbs).

There’s plenty of shops, cafes, restaurants and activities within walking distance of the port Gates.

Often at the end of a day exploring our region on a tour to Rotorua or Hobbiton there is time to enjoy the township which are only a short walk from the port gates

Our beautiful beachside city has it all – fantastic tours, action and adventure, art, culture, boutique shopping, delicious food and one of the best beaches in New Zealand.

It’s a good idea to pre-book your shore excursion and regional tour to avoid missing out as only limited spaces are available.