Tauranga Cruises

Tauranga is the largest port on the Bay of Plenty, an appropriate name given the abundant beaches, rolling white waters, hot mineral springs and kiwi orchards. From here you can visit the thermal wonders of Rotorua, where geysers spout, mud boils and steam escapes through cracks in the pavement. The settlement was built on 50 acres given to the British government by the Maori, who had been enjoying the healing hot springs since the 14th century.

Excursions

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

  • Tamaki Maori Village

    Embark on an authentic journey of Maori discovery… unlocking the unique culture, traditions and cuisine of these proud people.

    Tamaki Maori Village

    If you'd like to know more about the Maori culture, then this tour is for you. Your adventure begins with a coach ride across beautiful countryside to the Tamaki Maori Village via Rotorua. The village is an award-winning cultural venue which has been designed to offer an insight into the Maori way of life.

    Your local guide will meet you upon arrival and will talk you through what you are about to see, and explain some of the history and protocols of what will happen when you enter this sacred village. You’ll be greeted at the gates by a traditional welcome ceremony, before enjoying a colourful Maori performance, accompanied by the sound of ancient Maori instruments.

    Afterwards, a delicious meal will be served in the Maori ‘hangi’ style which includes ‘hangi’ baskets laden with seasonal meats and vegetables pulled from a pit.

    As the evening draws to an end, listen to a farewell song and speeches, before the return drive to Tauranga.

    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. The journey to Tamaki Maori Village is around 1½ - 2 hours each way. This tour involves some walking over uneven terrain with slight inclines. Flat, comfortable shoes are recommended. Local currency is accepted for purchases. It is advisable to bring sun protection and a light rain jacket in case of inclement weather.

    Tour code

    TAR_012

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    Duration

    6¼ hours

  • Hobbiton Evening Feast

    Escape to the delightful, faraway world of Hobbiton – and to the ‘Shire’, the actual set used during the filming of The Lord of the Rings.

    Hobbiton Evening Feast

    This is your chance to experience the Hobbiton movie set, up close and personal, with a guided tour through the ‘Shire’ at dusk. Your guide will escort you through the 12-acre site, whilst recounting fascinating stories and anecdotes about the trilogies. The tour will conclude at The Green Dragon Inn, with a complimentary beverage from the exclusive Hobbit Southfarthing range. You’ll then move through into The Green Dragon dining room and be treated to a banquet feast fit for a Hobbit, hearty and wholesome.

    After dinner, you’ll re-join your guide and make your way back through the meandering paths of the ‘Shire’. The trails will be illuminated and handheld lanterns will be provided to help light the way, and add to the magic of the occasion. This stunning moonlight walk will take you through the breathtaking village, with Hobbit hole chimneys smoking and lanterns glowing in the darkness.

    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. The scenic drive to the Hobbiton movie set takes approximately 1¼ hours each way. This excursion will operate in all weather conditions; therefore comfortable, enclosed footwear and appropriate clothing are advised. The terrain consists of grass and gravel tracks, with some steep inclines and steps. The guided walk takes approximately 1-1½ hours. One glass of beer, cider or ginger beer is included. Additional refreshments may be purchased if required. Please remember to take local currency. Places are limited so early pre-booking is highly recommended.

    Tour code

    TAR_013

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    Duration

    7 hours

  • Bay of Plenty & Lake Rotoiti Cruise

    Discover the beautiful coastline, native forest and fresh water lakes of the Bay of Plenty.

    Bay of Plenty & Lake Rotoiti Cruise

    At Maketu Beach a short stop will be made to admire the views and to see the stone monument that denotes the site where the first Maori canoes arrived into New Zealand. Learn how the Hongi Hika warriors hauled the giant war canoes from the coast to conquer the tribes of the lakes.

    From here, you’ll drive towards Lake Rotoiti to embark on a leisurely boat cruise around the lake. Upon arrival, you’ll stop at the wishing tree to commence a walk through untouched native forest. The track follows the very line used by the dragged war canoes and brings you to the shore of Lake Rotoiti, where your boat awaits.

    On board, a light luncheon will be provided as you head westwards passing by steep cliffs, sandy coves and the lakes edge geothermal activity. As your boat ride draws to an end, you’ll re-join your coach for a drive to view Mokoia Island, which is situated in the centre of Lake Rotorua, before taking the return drive to the port.

    This excursion will operate by coach, boat and on foot. This tour involves around 1 hour of walking which includes gravel terrain. A degree of agility is required when boarding the boat. Flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

    Tour code

    TAR_014

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    Duration

    6 hours

  • Maori Heritage & Culture

    Join your Maori guide for a fascinating insight into the heritage, traditions and culture of the Maori people.

    Maori Heritage & Culture

    Travel through Tauranga to a traditional Maori Marae, a sacred outdoor space in the heart of the village. As you enter the gates of the Marae, you will be warmly greeted by the tangata whenua (local people) before being taken on a unique cultural journey through their Maori heritage and early New Zealand life. You’ll have the opportunity to enjoy an arts and crafts display of weaving clothing and baskets from local flax, also experience a typical Maori folklore performance featuring action songs, poi dances, stick games and the haka war dance.

    Light refreshments will be served at the Marae, before departing for Minden Lookout, where you’ll be able to appreciate the wonderful views of the Bay of Plenty. Continuing along the scenic Matapihi and Maungatapu peninsulas you will reach Gate Pa, the site of a battle between the Maoris and the British in 1864. View the Maori War Canoe, Te Awanui, and the downtown waterfront, before returning to your ship.


    This excursion will operate by coach. Walking is on flat paths and gentle slopes and is mainly at guests’ own discretion. Comfortable, flat footwear is recommended. Guests may be asked to remove their hats during the Maori ceremonies and photography may be restricted in certain areas.

    Tour code

    TAR_001

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    4 hours

  • Scenes of The Hobbit

    Journey through Tolkien’s middle earth to the mystical village of Hobbiton – a must see for all Hobbit fans!

    Scenes of The Hobbit

    Your journey to middle earth will begin with a scenic drive across the stunning Kaimai Ranges and Waikato lowlands to the agricultural town of Matamata. Matamata was chosen as the film location for director Peter Jackson’s award winning adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s ‘The Lord of the Rings’ trilogy. The movie set was completely rebuilt in amazing detail as Hobbiton village in 2010 for the filming of the 2012 star-studded adaptation of the prequel novel ‘The Hobbit’.

    Follow in the footsteps of Tolkien’s legendary characters Bilbo Baggins and Gandalf the Grey, as your take a leisurely guided walk around the ten-acre site. See the locations made famous by ‘The Hobbit’ such as the Mill, Shires Rest Café, Party Tree and the Hobbit’s homes including Bag End where ‘An Unexpected Journey’ began.

    After your fascinating tour, enjoy refreshments at The Green Dragon Inn, before returning to Tauranga.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. The scenic drive to the Hobbiton movie set takes approximately one hour. Tours will run in all weather conditions therefore comfortable, enclosed footwear and appropriate clothing are recommended. The terrain consists of grass and gravel tracks with some steep inclines and steps. The guided walk takes approximately 1½ hours. Places are limited so early pre-booking is highly recommended.

    Tour code

    TAR_010

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    5 hours

  • Highlights of Tauranga

    Discover the sights, scenery and history of Tauranga and visit two of the city’s main attractions: Kiwi Country Farm and The Elms.

    Highlights of Tauranga

    Your journey will begin with a visit to The Elms, which was formerly the flourishing Te Papa Mission Station where pioneering missionary, Archdeacon Brown, introduced the Maori to Christianity, reading, writing, agricultural and domestic skills. This traditional Georgian-style building is now a museum, showcasing the lives and possessions of the 3 generations who lived within its walls from 1847-1992. The manicured grounds are characterised by a massive oak tree on the north lawn, which was grown from an acorn carried from England in 1829. As you walk round this tranquil oasis it is easy to imagine you are back in the 19th century.

    From The Elms, a scenic drive will bring you to the Te Puke and Rangiuru area, the kiwifruit capital of the world and home to Kiwi Country Farm. Kiwi Country Farm celebrates the popular kiwifruit and the rich culture, which surrounds it. As you drive through the lush orchards, your guide will provide an insight into the dynamic kiwifruit Industry and the complexities of the growing process. Discover how this unique pocket of land is able to grow the world’s healthiest fruit better than anywhere in the world. Finish your visit with a tasting of the green and gold kiwifruit before enjoying refreshments of tea or coffee, chilled kiwifruit juice, freshly baked scones with kiwifruit jam and freshly whipped cream.

    Before returning to the port, you’ll drive along Tauranga's lively harbour, past the impressive Maori War Canoe and around the main sights of the city.

    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There are three steps to enter The Elms and photography is restricted inside. To derive full enjoyment some walking is required.

    Tour code

    TAR_009

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    4 hours

  • Rotorua & the Thermal Valley

    An amazing day which includes farming displays, Maori culture and thermal wonders all set in Rotorua’s stunning surroundings.

    Rotorua & the Thermal Valley

    From Tauranga, you’ll travel through the heart of the kiwi fruit country, past beautiful rugged countryside and dense forest before reaching the famous geothermal area of Rotorua.

    On arrival at the Te Puia Thermal Reserve, you’ll be welcomed by a Maori guide before being led on a walk through the thermal area past bubbling mud pools, natural springs and sprouting geysers. Further along, at the Maori Model Village, you will be immersed in Maori culture as you watch the Maori carvers and weavers at work.

    After a short journey, you’ll board an eight-seater aerial gondola for a leisurely scenic ride up Mount Ngongotaha to the Skyline Restaurant. As you gently ascend, you’ll be rewarded with a 180° stunning panorama of Rotorua, the surrounding geothermal areas and lakes. At the summit, enjoy a delicious buffet luncheon in spectacular surroundings whilst being entertained by a Maori cultural performance. The show includes many traditional action songs, including the haka, a fierce, challenging dance, which is accompanied by a chant.

    After luncheon, a visit will be made to the multi-award winning Agrodome Show, where you’ll witness an exciting and unique live show featuring 19 different breeds of sheep. An interesting and entertaining commentary is given, along with displays of sheep dogs working and sheep shearing.

    On the return journey, you’ll have the chance to sit back and reflect on your day’s memorable experiences.

    This excursion will operate by coach, gondola and on foot. There is a total of 30 minutes’ walking on level, paved paths. The journey to Rotorua is approximately 1½ hours each way. Comfortable, enclosed footwear, bottled water and a sweater are recommended.

    Tour code

    TAR_008

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    9 hours

  • Lake Rotoiti Kayak & Hot Thermal Pools

    Kayak Lake Rotoiti and view the glow worm cave, and take a dip in the Manupirua hot thermal pools.

    Lake Rotoiti Kayak & Hot Thermal Pools

    Setting off from the pier, enjoy a scenic drive from Tauranga to Lake Rotoiti. Upon arrival, and after a safety briefing and instruction, you’ll step aboard your two-man kayak. As you paddle out onto the lake, admire the beautiful surrounding scenery.

    You’ll paddle your way into the glow-worm cave, a little known cave with a hidden entrance around 20 metres deep. Look around and admire the bioluminescent lights of tiny glow worms.

    Afterwards, you’ll paddle across to the Manupirua hot thermal pools for a well-earned break. The pools are only accessible by water and offer a unique experience. Enjoy a 30 minute soak in the pools and relax your mind, body and soul. A light snack box luncheon will be offered, before paddling back to base for the return drive to Tauranga.

    ACTIVITY EXCURSIONS
    You and all those in your party should be aware that, in undertaking activity excursions, you will be involved in a degree of physical exertion and/or activity such as hiking, biking, snorkelling, kayaking, diving etc. By booking the excursion you confirm that you and all those in your party are in good physical and mental condition, with no history of conditions such as seizures, dizziness, fainting, heart condition, respiratory problems or back/neck problems (by way of example only). You should also ensure that no one in your party is taking medicine that carries a warning about impairment of physical or mental abilities. If you are pregnant this type of excursion may not be appropriate for you. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are fit and well enough to take part in the activities booked and you are reminded to take care for your own safety. Because of the risks associated with activity excursions, you may be asked by the excursion provider to sign a document which may affect or limit the excursion provider’s liability. Comfortable flat walking shoes are recommended.

    BEACH/WATER RELATED EXCURSIONS
    For any excursion involving water, guests are reminded to exercise particular care. Alcohol and eating a full meal should be avoided before swimming. If buoyancy aids are provided for an activity they must be worn at all times. You should bear in mind that the sea is unpredictable. Lifeguards are unlikely to be present and there may not be a flag system to indicate whether or not it is safe to go in the water. In addition, beach activities may not be supervised or accompanied and so you should take care to satisfy yourself as to the safety of the beach and/or the sea at the time of your excursion. Please exercise caution when entering the sea as the seabed and aquatic environment is capable of springing surprises and we have not inspected the beach or seabed for its safety. Children must be supervised by you at all times near water. All activities on the beach, water and in the sea are undertaken at your own risk. You’ll need to take swimwear, a towel, sunscreen and flat shoes that can be worn in the water.

    LIABILITY
    Cunard will arrange for the excursions to be performed by the relevant excursion provider. Cunard does not provide or supply the excursion services. Cunard will exercise reasonable care and skill in the selection of the excursion provider, but will not in any circumstances have a greater liability than the excursion supplier and Cunard shall not be responsible for the negligent acts/omissions of the excursion supplier. Please note that in relation to all excursions Cunard is not responsible or liable for any loss, damage, or injury sustained by you unless such loss, damage or injury arises out of a breach of legal duty of Cunard.

    TRAVEL INSURANCE
    Before booking any activity excursions it is essential that you ensure your travel insurance extends to cover the specified activity. It is your responsibility to obtain adequate insurance.

    This excursion will operate by bus and kayak. Participants should be competent swimmers and physically fit, and not suffer with any back problems. Pregnant women and children under eight may not participate. The drive to the Lake Rotoiti is around one hour each way. The kayaking will take approximately two hours. Please wear clothing suitable for kayaking, shorts are advised, and wear swimwear under clothes. Please take a change of clothing, a hat, sunglasses, towel and sunscreen. Water shoes are recommended, however you may be requested to remove shoes whilst in the kayak. You’ll be required to wear a life jacket. This tour operates come rain or shine, however on occasions due to high winds it may be deemed unsuitable to visit the Glow Worm Cave, and an alternative lake will be visited.

    Tour code

    TAR_011

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    6½ hours

  • Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

    Experience unique, geothermal landscapes, enjoy a Maori performance on a lake cruise and discover the kiwis at Rainbow Springs.

    Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

    Embark on a scenic drive to the world famous Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland. The area has been sculptured out of volcanic activity and has been thousands of years in the making. Wai-O-Tapu is considered to be New Zealand’s most colourful and diverse geothermal attraction.

    You’ll be amazed by the diversity of the area as you take a self-guided walk along clearly defined tracks and encounter the uniquely different natural landscapes of sprouting geysers, hot springs, bubbling mud pools, steaming ground, expansive vistas, huge volcanic craters, sinter terrace formations and the world famous Champagne Pool.

    After your geothermal experience, you’ll be taken to Lake Rotorua to board the Lakeland Queen, the only stern driven paddleboat in New Zealand. A leisurely cruise on this vast lake will provide you with views of Mokoia Island and Sulphur Bay. Enjoy a buffet luncheon and a glass of wine or beer on board as you are entertained by the Maori cultural performance of Kapa haka.

    Back on land, your journey continues to Rainbow Springs, a conservation centre set in 22 acres of beautiful native trees, ferns and streams. The centre is home to a variety of precious native inhabitants including the unique kiwi, New Zealand’s national symbol.

    This excursion will operate by coach, paddleboat and on foot. The journey time to Wai-O-Tapu is 90 minutes. There is approximately one hours’ walking on mostly flat terrain, however there are some inclines and steps, so comfortable, enclosed footwear is recommended. As with all geothermal regions, the smell of hydrogen sulphide permeates the atmosphere. Photography may be restricted in some areas. Hats may need to be removed during the Maori performance.

    Tour code

    TAR_003

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    9 hours

  • Tastes of Tauranga

    Embark on a culinary journey Kiwi style, sampling the delicious tastes of Tauranga.

    Tastes of Tauranga

    Begin your foodie experience with a scenic drive along the beachfront of Mt Maunganui. Along the way you’ll learn where the local foodies dine, what dishes they adore and what makes the New Zealand cuisine so mouth-wateringly unique.

    During your tour you’ll visit a selection of speciality food shops, ‘hole in the wall’ food premises and out of the way foodie venues. You’ll have the opportunity to sample the local delicacies and a visit will also be made at a working kiwifruit and avocado orchard.

    To complement your foodie experience, you’ll also pass through Tauranga and its pretty surrounds and your guide will tell you all about the area’s natural history, and the development and culture of the area.

    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. This tour involves some walking over relatively flat ground including steps, mainly into and out of the shops. Please dress to suit the weather conditions. Flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

    Tour code

    TAR_015

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    4½ hours