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    Maori Experience & Thermal Reserve

    Tauranga, New Zealand

    Duration 8 1/2 hrs

    Explore a thriving center of breathtaking thermal activity and traditional Maori culture during this scenic, full day visit to the historic spa town of Rotorua. ...
    Explore a thriving center of breathtaking thermal activity and traditional Maori culture during this scenic, full day visit to the historic spa town of Rotorua. more...

    Explore a thriving center of breathtaking thermal activity and traditional Maori culture during this scenic, full day visit to the historic spa town of Rotorua.


    Head to Te Puke, the world's largest kiwifruit growing region. Stop at the Agrodome to watch the country's best-trained champion rams parade on stage, and a sheep-shearing demonstration. The highly trained sheepdogs will finish the show with a display of sheep mustering.


    Drive past the Rotorua lakefront where you may see a variety of waterfowl as well as several local landmarks before arriving at the Skyline Gondola terminal. Here, you’ll embark one of the aerial gondolas for a breathtaking ride up the side of Mount Ngongotaha, enjoying panoramic vistas of Lake Rotorua, the city and surrounding areas. Arriving at the top of the mountain, the Skyline Restaurant with its unparalleled views is where you’ll be treated to a buffet lunch while a local Maori “Kapa Haka” group entertains you.


    Visit Te Puia, the home to the internationally renowned spouting Pohutu geyser and boasts silica terraces, pools of boiling mud and dramatic steams vents. Your guide being a Maori is keen to share the fascinating local lore and legends of this wonderful country. A strong sulfur smell, a product of the intense thermal activity, will fill the air. Remember to bring your cameras on this exciting geothermal experience.


    View the reserve's fascinating re-creation of an early Maori village, and also have time to purchase souvenirs in the gift shop, including traditional Maori carvings. At Te Puia's Maori Arts & Crafts Institute, where for the past 45 years visitors have enjoyed this unique journey into the Maori's rich heritage, their mission is all about preserving the ancient skills and rich culture of the Maori. To that end, young people from across New Zealand are selected as apprentices. Here, the students learn skills ranging from carving to weaving, along with creating flax skirts and patterned bodices, and you will see all this at close hand.


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    • Adult from: $313.50 USD
    • Child from: $218.90 USD
    DURATION 8 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
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    Go Green- Lake Rotoiti, Wildlife & Waterways

    Tauranga, New Zealand

    Duration 5 1/2 hrs

    Kayak across serene Lake Rotoiti, a sheltered waterway with abundant wildlife and natural geothermal pools along its scenic shoreline. To put you in the right frame of mind for this eco-friendly excursion, you will travel to the lake in an electric vehicle. After a briefing on how to get the most out of the adventure, you will ease into a double kayak and paddle off. ...
    Kayak across serene Lake Rotoiti, a sheltered waterway with abundant wildlife and natural geothermal pools along its scenic shoreline. To put you in the right frame of mind for this eco-friendly excursion, you will travel to the lake in an electric vehicle. After a briefing on how to get the most out of the adventure, you will ease into a double kayak and paddle off. more...

    Kayak across serene Lake Rotoiti, a sheltered waterway with abundant wildlife and natural geothermal pools along its scenic shoreline. To put you in the right frame of mind for this eco-friendly excursion, you will travel to the lake in an electric vehicle. After a briefing on how to get the most out of the adventure, you will ease into a double kayak and paddle off. Lake Rotoiti is wonderfully picturesque, in part because a lowland forest borders much of it. Pohutukawa, known as the Christmas tree for its crimson flowers and greens, also grows there. You can expect to spot wildlife along the way, especially water birds such as black swans. Once you reach the mineral-rich Manupirua hot pools, you will have the opportunity to soak in the soothing waters. The springs are of varying temperatures, so you can surely find one to your liking. You will also paddle through a cave softly illuminated by glow worms. It is quite the natural phenomenon.


    HIGHLIGHTS
    • Kayak along the shores of Lake Rotoiti, a natural paradise with plenty of wildlife.
    • Relax your muscles by soaking in the mineral-rich hot pools along the lake’s coast.
    • Paddle through a cave illuminated only by glow worms.


    HELPFUL HINTS
    • Dress in weather-appropriate clothing.
    • Wear flat comfortable walking shoes.


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    • Adult from: $218.90 USD
    • Child from: $218.90 USD
    DURATION 5 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
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    Go Green- Sanctuary Mountain & Sustainable Farm

    Tauranga, New Zealand

    Duration 6 1/2 hrs

    Enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour of a working dairy farm before visiting New Zealand’s largest mainland sanctuary, an oasis for indigenous flora and fauna. The Red Barn farm showcases what rural life was like in this region centuries ago ...
    Enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour of a working dairy farm before visiting New Zealand’s largest mainland sanctuary, an oasis for indigenous flora and fauna. The Red Barn farm showcases what rural life was like in this region centuries ago more...

    Enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour of a working dairy farm before visiting New Zealand’s largest mainland sanctuary, an oasis for indigenous flora and fauna. The Red Barn farm showcases what rural life was like in this region centuries ago. Days start early, and the work continues pretty much nonstop. Before sitting down to a hearty country-style lunch at the farm, you will watch a demonstration of traditional butter-churning. A drive across the volcanically formed Kaimai Mountains will bring you to Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari. One of the world’s longest pest-free fences surrounds the ancient forest that blankets the mountain to keep out invasive species. As you wander along the forest trails, the naturalist guide will point out indigenous species that may include endangered birds, tuatara reptiles and giant wetas, a type of massive insect whose name means “god of ugly things” in the Maori language. You may also climb a tower to observe animals living in the tree canopy.


    HIGHLIGHTS
    • Visit the working dairy farm Red Barn for a glimpse into rural life centuries ago.
    • Enjoy a hearty farm-to-table lunch at the Red Barn.
    • Walk through an ancient forest that a protective pest-free fence surrounds.
    • Observe indigenous species of flora and fauna that thrive in the sanctuary forest.


    HELPFUL HINTS
    • Dress in weather-appropriate clothing.
    • Wear flat comfortable walking shoes.


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    • Adult from: $383.90 USD
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    DURATION 6 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 3
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    Go Green- Eco-Adventure & Conservation Experience

    Tauranga, New Zealand

    Duration 6 hrs

    Soar through the tree canopy of a primeval forest on a series of ziplines and discover how conservationists keep its environment pristine. On the walk to the first towering platform, the guide will point out and describe the indigenous flora and fauna. ...
    Soar through the tree canopy of a primeval forest on a series of ziplines and discover how conservationists keep its environment pristine. On the walk to the first towering platform, the guide will point out and describe the indigenous flora and fauna. more...

    Soar through the tree canopy of a primeval forest on a series of ziplines and discover how conservationists keep its environment pristine. On the walk to the first towering platform, the guide will point out and describe the indigenous flora and fauna. The forest is fiercely protected so that it will remain like it was centuries ago. The real fun will begin once you’re strapped into the safety harness and step off the platform into thin air. It’s all downhill from there, as you will zip through the trees at heart-pounding speeds. You will be treated to a literal bird’s-eye view of the gorgeous landscape below so don’t blink because it will go by quickly. After the last exhilarating zipline, you will enjoy lunch and hear about conservation projects that keep the forest intact and free from invasive species. That way, native animals such as New Zealand’s iconic kiwi, can thrive.


    HIGHLIGHTS
    • Enjoy an adrenaline-pumping ride on ziplines through the tree canopy of an ancient forest.
    • Look for indigenous species such as the flightless kiwi, which is endemic to New Zealand.
    • Hear about conservation projects that ensure the forest will remain environmentally sound.


    HELPFUL HINTS
    • Dress in weather-appropriate clothing.
    • Wear flat comfortable walking shoes.


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    • Adult from: $394.90 USD
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    DURATION 6 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 3
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    Highlights of Tauranga & Maori Culture

    Tauranga, New Zealand

    Duration 4 1/4 hrs

    Discover the historic sites of scenic Tauranga during this half-day orientation tour of the city. ...
    Discover the historic sites of scenic Tauranga during this half-day orientation tour of the city. more...

    Discover the historic sites of scenic Tauranga during this half-day orientation tour of the city.


    Travel through the lovely cities of Tauranga and Bethlehem on your way to visit a local Ngati Ranginui Maori Marae. Arriving at this intimate Maori village, you'll be greeted by a local Maori guide and taken on a cultural journey into the heritage of the Maoris and early New Zealand settlers. Well known for their hospitality, the tangata whenua, local people, will make you feel at home as they graciously show you around and give you a wealth of information about traditional and contemporary Maori life.


    During the course of your visit, you'll have an opportunity to view craft-making and cooking and to experience the Maori's oral tradition of storytelling. Before leaving the village, your hosts will treat you to a refreshing tea.


    Continuing on, your tour makes its way to the Minden Lookout. From this excellent vantage point, you'll have stunning views over the eastern Bay of Plenty. During favorable conditions, you can even see the plumes of wispy smoke and steam arising from volcanic White Island to the east.


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    • Adult from: $119.90 USD
    • Child from: $75.90 USD
    DURATION 4 1/4 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 1
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    Hobbiton Movie Set

    Tauranga, New Zealand

    Duration 5 hrs

    Tour the movie set where much of the blockbuster “Lord of the Rings” trilogy was filmed and visit many of the famed landmarks that appeared in the movies and books. ...
    Tour the movie set where much of the blockbuster “Lord of the Rings” trilogy was filmed and visit many of the famed landmarks that appeared in the movies and books. more...

    Tour the movie set where much of the blockbuster “Lord of the Rings” trilogy was filmed and visit many of the famed landmarks that appeared in the movies and books.


    Drive inland towards Matamata, taking in the bucolic scenery of the emerald-green Waikato region along the way. The land is exceptionally fertile and much of it is devoted to private farms.


    In time, you will arrive at a sheep and cattle farm in Hobbiton, whose terrain was altered in the late 1990s to accommodate filming for the “Lord of the Rings” movie trilogy. Dozens of hobbit holes were created, bridges and buildings were constructed, and Barberry hedges and trees were planted. It was an enormous undertaking and at the peak of filming, 400 people worked at Hobbiton, a lush setting so unusual that it still looks like a fantasyland.


    While touring the movie set, you will visit the thatched-roof mill, double-arched bridge, Party Tree, and Green Dragon Inn, all of which are well-known to fans of J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantasy novels and the movies based on them. You might also have your photo taken at the entrance of one of the holes where the merry yet shy, Hobbits lived.


    Afterwards, you will relax over a cup of tea before driving back to the pier.


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    • Adult from: $236.50 USD
    • Child from: $137.50 USD
    DURATION 5 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
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    Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

    Tauranga, New Zealand

    Duration 8 1/2 hrs

    A scenic drive through the kiwifruit orchards of Te Puke begins your tour as you travel to Rotorua. Originally established as a spa town before the turn of the century, Rotorua today remains a thriving center of thermal activity and traditional Maori culture. ...
    A scenic drive through the kiwifruit orchards of Te Puke begins your tour as you travel to Rotorua. Originally established as a spa town before the turn of the century, Rotorua today remains a thriving center of thermal activity and traditional Maori culture. more...

    A scenic drive through the kiwifruit orchards of Te Puke begins your tour as you travel to Rotorua. Originally established as a spa town before the turn of the century, Rotorua today remains a thriving center of thermal activity and traditional Maori culture.


    Stop at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland. Wai-O-Tapu translates to Sacred Waters and a visit here makes it clear how the name came to be. Upon arrival at this award-winning attraction, you will be presented with options available to you for your independent exploration. The wide range of features found at the site include geysers, mud pools, mineral traces, colorful hot and cold pools and steaming volcanic lakes. One of the more famous attractions at the Reserve is the pristine Champagne Pool. Marvel at the incredible palette of vibrant hues displayed in the pools, lakes and craters, and enjoy the melodic sounds of birds singing in the native forest.


    Drive to Lake Rotorua where you will board the Lakeland Queen. While cruising the on the lake, enjoy lunch and a unique performance from a Maori cultural group. The Lakeland Queen is a locally built, shallow draft, stern driven vessel - similar to a Mississippi River Boat and ideal for Lake Rotorua's shallow waters.


    Following lunch, you'll travel to Rainbow Springs for a visit. This marvelous park is set in a natural environment of beautiful native bush, trees, plants and flowers, with tranquil crystal-clear waters that flow from subterranean springs. In addition to being home to an impressive collection of Rainbow trout, the Park also houses a vast array of native birds, including the kiwi, New Zealand's national bird. Just one of the many fascinating features of the Park is the Tuatara - New Zealand's living dinosaur, now an endangered species. In addition to the fine displays of nature, Rainbow Springs also serves to preserve New Zealand's national heritage.


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    • Adult from: $302.50 USD
    • Child from: $203.50 USD
    DURATION 8 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
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    Tauranga Highlights & Wine Tasting

    Tauranga, New Zealand

    Duration 3 hrs

    Discover the historic sites of scenic Tauranga during this orientation tour of the city. ...
    Discover the historic sites of scenic Tauranga during this orientation tour of the city. more...

    Discover the historic sites of scenic Tauranga during this orientation tour of the city.


    Your drive takes you across Tauranga Harbour to Tauranga, the principal city of the Bay of Plenty. Tauranga's founders, a group of 19th-century missionaries, left a legacy of well-planned parks and gardens for the benefit of future residents and visitors. You will pass by the Monmouth Redoubt en route to the Elms Mission House, built in 1847 by Archdeacon Brown. Upon arrival, you will take a guided walking tour through this historic Georgian-styled home and surrounding gardens.


    Enjoy a scenic drive through Tauranga and past Gate Pa, where the last major battle between the British and Maori people took place in 1864. From the Minden Lookout, you will take in panoramic views and photo opportunities over the Bay of Plenty.


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    • Adult from: $64.90 USD
    • Child from: $53.90 USD
    DURATION 3 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 1
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    The Rotorua Experience

    Tauranga, New Zealand

    Duration 6 1/2 hrs

    Explore a thriving center of breathtaking thermal activity and traditional Maori culture during this scenic, full-day visit to the historic spa town of Rotorua. ...
    Explore a thriving center of breathtaking thermal activity and traditional Maori culture during this scenic, full-day visit to the historic spa town of Rotorua. more...

    Explore a thriving center of breathtaking thermal activity and traditional Maori culture during this scenic, full-day visit to the historic spa town of Rotorua.


    Depart the pier for the drive south from the early-1900s town of Tauranga to Te Puke, the world's largest kiwifruit growing region. This small furry fruit, once known as the Chinese gooseberry, has done a great deal to boost the area's prosperity.


    Passing through Rotorua, you’ll next find yourself at Te Puia, home to the internationally renowned spouting Pohutu geyser’ Te Puia also boasts silica terraces, pools of boiling mud and dramatic steam vents. During your visit, you’ll see young Maori apprentices being taught the ancient art of carving and weaving before discovering the Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve, Rotorua's largest and best known thermal area. Exploration of the site is on foot as you pass boiling mud pools and the soaring Pohutu geyser. This incredible display of nature's raw force provides insight into the awesome natural forces at work below. Then, enter the sacred marae and enjoy a Maori performance, including the famous 'haka' war dance, before making your way into the Wharekai for your hangi-inspired lunch.


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    • Adult from: $218.90 USD
    • Child from: $141.90 USD
    DURATION 6 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
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NCL makes arrangements for Guests for shore excursions solely for the convenience of the Guest; NCL does not act on behalf of or supervise the parties or persons who own, furnish, or operate such excursions, and the same are provided by independent contractors. NCL assumes no responsibility for, nor guarantees the performance of, any such excursion provider, and Guests acknowledge that NCL shall not be liable for losses or injuries arising from the acts or omissions of such provider.

Participation in activities and excursions may involve physical exertion, and may be potentially hazardous or dangerous. It is the responsibility of each individual to determine whether you are capable of engaging in any activity. Participation in any activity or excursion is at your own risk.

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Our group shore excursions are offered in English. Depending on the booking situation, various excursions are also offered in German, Spanish, French, Italian or Russian (minimum number of 30 participants). The tours offered may vary from cruise to cruise. Please see the detailed information for your shore excursion on board.