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Rotorua Explorer Hop On Hop Off Tour

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Explore the main highlights of Rotorua at your own pace on this convenient sightseeing tour.

Rotorua Explorer Hop on Hop off Tour

This Rotorua hop-on hop-off tour departs from Tauranga and passes through Te Puke, the delicious kiwi fruit capital of the world, and forests, and continues past Lake Rotoiti and Lake Rotorua. Along the way, your driver will provide information on the highlights you can see and visit in Rotorua and the best options for doing so. The vehicle circulates the route three times during the day before returning to Tauranga via a different route, through forests, into deep gorges, and past farms and kiwifruit orchards.

Explore Rotorua at your own pace and see the sights you are interested in. Hop off at the Te Puia Maori Arts & Crafts Institute to admire the local art traditions, or visit the thermal village Te Whakarewarewa located only five minutes away. Stop by the Rotorua Information Centre in the city's center for some expert advice on exploring the town. At the Rotorua lakefront area, take in the natural beauty of New Zealand's second-largest lake. Relax at the Polynesian Spa, a world-famous natural geothermal spa close to the Government Gardens, Bath House Museum, and the Blue Baths. At Skyline Skyrides Rotorua, you can ride in a gondola, get your heart pumping on a zipline course, or enjoy fine dining with gorgeous views.

Once on board, you will be provided with a detailed information sheet and a timetable specific to the date you are touring. Upon request, you can be dropped off at several local attractions or activities on the way to the Rotorua area. There is no obligation to visit any destination, as you can just cruise on the coach and view the highlights as you ride past. Book this Tauranga tour today for a great New Zealand excursion.

Please Note: This is a self-paced tour and does not include admission to the attractions described above. This tour will return you to the ship approximately 7 hours after pick up from the pier, and at least 1 hour before the ship's sailing time. There is only one return transfer from Rotorua to Tauranga, which takes place after the final stop on the hop-on, hop-off route. There are 5 stops on this route. The vehicle circulates the route three times during the day, and takes approximately 1 hour to complete without getting off. A detailed information sheet and a timetable specific to the date you are touring will be provided. The final stop before returning to the pier is Skyline Rotorua.

The route includes the following stops:

  • Whakarewarewa Living Maori Village
  • Te Puia
  • Polynesian Spa
  • Rotorua Information Centre
  • Skyline Rotorua
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from $90.00 (USD)
Per Person
Tour Type
Group Size
Activity Type(s)
Cultural, Scenic
Tour Duration
7 Hours
Activity Level
Tour Leaves From
An approximately 2 to 5 minute walk from the cruise ship pier.
Food/Beverage Provided
Not Included
Special Instructions
We recommend wearing comfortable seasonal clothing, closed-toe walking shoes, sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat.
This tour is not wheelchair accessible. The vehicle may be able to accommodate collapsible walkers with advanced notice at the time of booking. Infants ages 3 and younger may attend the tour; however, due to passenger loading laws in New Zealand, all passengers (including infants) must purchase a seat for travel. Infants are not permitted to ride on a parent's lap. Parents must bring their own car seats.