Are you planning on exploring either Tauranga, Mount Maunganui or Rotorua in the Bay of Plenty as part of your Tauranga cruise ship tour this summer? Make the most of your time in this beautiful part of the world by taking advantage of the shore excursion packages we offer to all Tauranga cruise ship passengers.

We run organised kayak tours in Rotorua to see thermal hot pools and a glow worm cave, or you can relax in Tauranga by visiting Waimarino Adventure Park or by partaking in a guided kayak tour down the Wairoa River or to Lake McLaren. Your package will include transport to and from the ship and lots of extras.

Tour 1

entering a glow worm cave by kayak

Lake Rotoiti Hot Pool & Glow Worm Tour

Enjoy a scenic sea-kayak tour past the cascading native bush including the Pohutukawa, NZ’s native Christmas tree. View classic Kiwi holiday homes dotted amongst the cliffs and coves. Explore the quiet lake's edge with abundant birdlife before parting the bush to enter the glow worm cave. Relax in the natural thermal hot pools as you reflect on the experience. Glide over the calm waters with NZ’s only scenic lake and glow worm cave kayak tour. Enjoy the myths and legends of the Maori people linked to Lake Rotoiti.

Relax on the lake's edge with a tasty Kiwi packed lunch.
Coach transport from the port to Lake Rotoiti and back, with informative commentary.

  • Inclusions: Kiwi packed lunch, transport, guided kayak tour
  • What to bring: casual clothing (appropriate for the weather); swimwear and towel (wear it before you get there); sunscreen, sun hat and sunglasses are recommended.
  • Duration: 6.5 hours

Cost / Bookings: If you are a cruise ship passenger interested in this tour, contact your cruise company for booking.

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Tour Two

kayaking on the wairoa river

Wairoa River Tour

Enjoy the personal experience of a Waimarino guide collecting you from the Port of Tauranga and providing a running commentary of Mount Maunganui and Tauranga before entering the upper reaches of the Wairoa River.

Learn about the cartage of native timbers down the Wairoa River from the old mill site of Tauriko and how the locals were barged across for school.

No prior experience required for this picturesque flat water paddle to Waimarino with your personal guide.

Stop en route for gourmet refreshments of Mills Reef award winning wine, juice, cheese, crackers.

This is a must-do trip for anyone visiting Tauranga!

  • Included: All relevant equipment provided; wine cheese & crackers, dry bags, transport from Tauranga harbour and back, local guide.
  • What to bring: Swimwear & towel. Sun block and a sun hat are recommended.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • 48 hours booking notice essential.
  • Minimum 2 clients.
$139 per person
$115 per child
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Tour Three

kayaks on lake mclaren

Scenic Lake McLaren Tour

Enjoy the wonderful calm Lake McLaren where serenity takes a new name. Gently paddle past a multitude of birdlife, literally within paddles' reach. Sheer cliffs break the stark lush native bush as gentle streams enter the lake's edge. Fully guided. Easy pace scenic tour. Fast, dry and stable double sea kayaks used, but singles available upon request. Paddles, spray decks, buoyancy aid, and paddle jackets provided. Moderate fitness required.

  • Included: All relevant equipment provided; chocolate bar and water, transport from Tauranga harbour and back, local guide.
  • What to bring: Swimwear & towel. Sun block and a sun hat are recommended.
  • Duration: 4.5 hours
  • 48 hours booking notice essential.
  • Minimum 2 clients.
$124 per person
$114 per child
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Tour Four

the blob at waimarino adventure park

Waimarino Adventure Park Supreme Pass

This action packed half day’s adventure is the perfect way to experience real Kiwi fun! Get blobbed on NZ’s biggest human catapult, fly down NZ’s only kayak slide, climb the outdoor rock wall or just have a relax in a kayak. Waimarino Adventure Park has many activities that entertain young and old, or you may choose to just relax in the warm pool or under a ponga tree.

  • Included: Transport from Tauranga harbour and back & wetsuit.
  • What to bring: Swimwear & towel; picnic or snacks.
  • Duration: 3.5 hours
  • 48 hours booking notice essential.
  • Minimum 4 clients.
$65 per person
$55 per child
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