Interest, Activities & Attractions » Visit BAY OF PLENTY, Tauranga, Rotorua Shore Excursions, Tours and Cruise Passenger Services
The Unique Farm Experience
Famous farm fun… for the whole family! In the heart of 350 acres of lush farmland, yet only 10 minutes from Rotorua city centre, you’ll find New Zealand’s Agrodome, an ideal shore excursion or tour outing for cruise passengers(see our cruise ship visitor tours).
For over 40 years, visitors from all over the globe have come to the Agrodome to experience our world famous Farm Show – starring a cast of talented animals… and you! Join the Farm Tour to explore a real working farm, hand feed loads of friendly animals, and sample some delicious kiwifruit juice and honey from our land. Visit our very own Nursery, with lots of baby animals available for cuddles and photos all year round. Check out the interesting Woollen Mill and Shearing Museum, where you’ll learn the remarkable story of some of New Zealand's pioneers. This is the place to come and discover the full process of how we get wool from the sheep’s back to yours!
The Agrodome really is one of New Zealand’s must see attractions, open in any weather, 365 days a year - ideal for cruise ship passengers and visitors from near & far!
Telephone........ +64 7 357 1050
BURIED VILLAGE (Rotorua)
Historic Site With Museum
THE BURIED VILLAGE EXPERIENCE. One of New Zealand's most visited and interesting historic sites; Te Wairoa was literally buried in the violent 1886 eruption of Mt Tarawera. Thick volcanic ash preserved many of the buildings and other features of the village and visitors today can get a rare insight into 19th-century New Zealand way of life. It’s an awe-inspiring and moving experience that is put into context by displays in the award winning Museum of Te Wairoa.
Our beautiful 12 acre park-like setting is filled with tall trees, meadows and native birds offering visitors a peaceful and emotional experience and time for quiet relection. Cruise tours and group excursions welcome.
Telephone........ +64 7 362 8287
CLASSIC FLYERS (Tauranga)
Aviation Museum & Scenic Flights
Come visit the home base of Tauranga's classic aircraft that still take to the skies on a regular basis. See and hear the roar of antique engines that come to life before you. The Classic Flyers Aviation Museum is home to loads of classic aircraft types, including: Fletcher FU24 300, Boeing Stearman, NA Harvards, CT-4B Airtrainer, Spitfire, De Havilland Devons, Hawker Hunter T75, with other aviation memorabilia from a bygone era - all available to view in our huge open hangar. We have also got a great model collection, pilot/gift shop and on site Avgas Café and bar.
Want a cruise shore excursion or tour with a difference? Take a scenic flight for an exciting bird's eye view of Tauranga, Mount Maunganui and Bay of Plenty. It's all waiting for you to discover at Classic Flyers just 10 minutes drive for your cruise ship berth.
Telephone........ +64 7 572 4000
EXPERIENCE COMVITA (Paengaroa)
The Power Of Nature At Work
EXPERIENCE COMVITA, a unique New Zealand Story. Come and experience The Comvita Visitor Centre, a journey of discovery where we share the wonder of nature's intelligence, and the only place in the world where you can enter a virtual honey bee hive. Each 60 minute tour commences on the hour from 9.00am till 4.00pm and is escorted by a Comvita ambassador. The tour includes 'the story of Tane', the Māori god of the forest with exhibits and examples of native plants and their uses. Then, enter the world of the honey bee. A world first experience where you can explore the wonders of the virtual beehive. Learn amazing facts about bees and how their existence is vital to the natural cycle of plant life… and to the pollination of plants for our food.
In the Wellness Room discover how man and science are creating, with nature’s intelligence, health and beauty products for our wellbeing. See how one heartbeat at a time, Comvita is Sharing Nature, Sharing Life, to help people make better choices for better health.
See, touch, hear, smell and taste… Experience Comvita
Telephone........ +64 7 533 1987
HOBBITION MOVIE SET (Matamata)
Ye Shall Not Pass!
Discover the real Middle-earth on the most picturesque private farmland near Matamata in the North Island of New Zealand. Here, you can visit the Hobbiton Movie Set from The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit film trilogy in a fascinating two hour guided tour.
The set has been completely rebuilt and can be seen just as it appeared in the films. The Green Dragon Inn is now open and is a special feature of our tours. All tour groups visit the inn as part of their tour and receive a complimentary refreshment. There are also spectacular views to be enjoyed from the rolling green hills of the movie set, which still operates as a working sheep and beef farm - so visitors also get the opportunity to cuddle and bottle feed the pet lambs.
Why not relax and soak up the unique atmosphere with a great cup of coffee or a light meal in The Shires Rest Café? Visit The Shire Store (located below the café) for some special souvenirs to remind you of your visit. We very much look forward to welcoming you to the Hobbiton Movie Set & Farm! Ye shall not pass up this one of a kind excursion and tour opportunity within an hour's drive of your Tauranga cruise ship port of call.
Telephone........ +64 7 888 1505
KIWI 360 (Te Puke)
A Slice Of Kiwi Country
There’s something to see every day of the year – at Kiwi 360. At Kiwi 360, we celebrate the incredible NZ Kiwifruit and the rich culture which surrounds it. We live in the Kiwifruit Capital of the world! If you're a cruise ship visitor, come on down to our home in friendly Te Puke, just 30 minutes drive from your Tauranga cruise ship berth.
Climb aboard the ever popular KiwiKart, for a fun, informative and fascinating 40 minute tour within our abundant landscape, and embark on a journey through the Horticultural landscapes & attractions and on into our lush orchards. Along the way, gain an insight into the many complexities of the deep rooted kiwifruit growing process, the dynamic Kiwifruit Industry, and just how the kiwifruit has become such a phenomenon in Bay of Plenty. Learn how this unique pocket of land is able to grow and sustain the world’s healthiest fruit better than anywhere else in the world, and then taste the proof for yourself!
You’ll also see the sought after Gold Kiwifruit and Arguta Kiwiberry, plus more than fifty other different varieties of delicious fruit and nuts growing on our grounds - demonstrating just how fertile this unique land is! Come get your own slice of Kiwi Country at Kiwi 360. If you have the day available, stay a while and combine a visit to Experience Comvita in neighbouring Paengaroa.
Come get a taste of Te Puke - goodness grows here!
Telephone........ +64 7 573 6340
Self Drive rail Car Tours
Fancy a totally unique experience which makes for a great cruise ship tour / excursion in Rotorua. RailCruising is the new tourist activity that allows people just like you the ability to travel along railway lines in your very own powered self-drive, 4-seater railway vehicle called the RailCruiser.
So how does the RailCruising experience work? Groups of RailCruisers spaced apart, travel the rail line for 10km. Cruising along at 20km/hr, cruisers' can listen to the on board audio tour commentary and discover a piece of New Zealand railway history through this personal railway experience. Step aboard your RailCruiser V3000 - the world’s first fully automated, state of the art petrol-electric four seater self-drive hybrid rail vehicle. The RailCruiser has comfortable seats with unobstructed views, is fitted with clear drop down waterproof sides and comes with onboard heating.
Not many people are lucky enough to have ridden in the cab of a locomotive, but it is this very special kind of unique rail experience that inspired RailCruising. Enjoy the freedom of being in your own RailCruiser with nothing ahead but the unobstructed curve of the rail stretching out into the distance and the clickety clack of the rail beneath you.
Telephone........ +64 7 362 8460
ROTORUA MUSEUM (Rotorua)
Art, Culture, Heritage - Exhibitions
Located within the Government Gardens, on the shores of picturesque Lake Rotorua, Rotorua Museum is an ideal venue for cruise visitors to discover all the stories of this dynamic region through the museum's innovative exhibitions and informative cinema experiences. Learn about the rich culture, volatile landscape and legendary figures that have shaped this fascinating region, often referred to as the "heart of New Zealand's North Island".
Whether your time allows for an hour or a full day, you will find plenty of things to see, do and entertain you at Rotorua Museum. The many innovative exhibitions and entertaining cinema experiences are sure to capture your imagination. Walk around and discover the stunning Bath House building, which can be explored from the mud bath basement to the viewing platform on the rooftop.
Visit us at our central location, with convenient parking and on site café with gift shop. Friendly, local guides are on hand to provide tours, and there are also special activities for the kids. Cruise on in to Rotorua Museum.
Telephone........ +64 7 350 1814
SURICO ALPACA (Rotorua)
Alpaca Farm Tours
Set on 30 arces of Kiwi farmland, overlooking Lake Rotorua the Surico farm is the perfect location for breeding alpaca. With beautiful views over Lake Rotorua, we farm more than 100 suri alpaca for their luxious fleece. We invite all cruise ship passengers and visitors to Rotorua to come and visit our real life farming operation where you can see and experience our majestic, award winning suri alpaca and cute pets and friends up close and personal.
We are conveniently located only 20 minutes leisurely drive from downtown Rotorua via the picturesque village of Ngongataha, or if you prefer to take the scenic drive around Lake Rotorua being approximaitely 20 minutes from the Rotorua airport, colourful town centre, local attractions, restaurants and cafés. Make the most of your shore time and combine a visit to Surico Alpaca with another local activity for a fun filled excursion or day out in Rotorua.
Each tour is approximately 90 mins and includes;
Telephone........ +64 7 332 2362
TAURANGA ART GALLERY
Exhibitions & Visitor Programmes
Situated on the corner of Wharf and Willow Streets, in the heart of the Tauranga CBD, the Tauranga Art Gallery building has been designed to meet modern art gallery standards. The Gallery delivers exhibitions of historical and contemporary art. Exhibitions are developed in-house by gallery staff with the balance being a mix of touring exhibitions from other institutions and artist projects.
The Gallery is open seven days a week between 10am - 4.30pm (closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Years Day and ANZAC Day until 1pm). A range of educational and visitor programmes are developed around the exhibitions to enhance the visitors' experience. Visitor programmes include debates, floor talks, guided tours, seminars, screenings, performances and special artist residencies. If you are spending time out and about in Downtown Tauranga during your cruise ship visit, take the time to come & visit us at the Tauranga Art Gallery.
Telephone........ +64 7 578 7933
VOLCANIC HILLS WINERY (Rotorua)
Skyline Rotorua - Winery & Tasting
Skyline Rotorua is proud to present the Volcanic Hills wine tasting room. The winemakers invite you to sample their handcrafted wines, with origins from New Zealand's most recognised and respected wine regions.
The wine tasting room at the top of the Gondola is the first phase of the wine development, with tours of the Volcanic Hills winery at the base of the Gondola also available soon. The tasting room allows you to sample the best Volcanic Hills has to offer while enjoying the 180° panoramic views over Lake Rotorua. Guests then have the option to enjoy a meal in the Skyline Restaurant, where meals are matched with the appropriate Volcanic Hills wines.
Phase two of the development includes the completion of the wine making facilities at the bottom of the Gondola, where visitors will be able to see how the wine is made before taking the Gondola up to the tasting room. The wine tasting room is a fantastic addition to the range of activities and attractions on offer at Skyline Rotorua, and makes for a great cruise passenger shore excursion tour from your Tauranga port of call.
Telephone........ +64 7 347 0027