Tauranga, New Zealand
The "Bay of Plenty" was named by Captain Cook after the prosperous Maori villages of the region generously replenished his supplies. Tauranga, the chief city, is a bustling port, an agricultural and timber center and a popular seaside resort. Tauranga is the gateway to Rotorua, a geothermal wonderland that is the heart of Maori culture and New Zealand's primary tourist attraction.

Tauranga, meaning "sheltered waters" in Maori, is rich with native culture and tradition. Waterskiing, windsurfing and deep-sea fishing abound in Tauranga Harbour. Rotorua with its healing, natural mineral springs is an ideal place to unwind in a therapeutic bath.

Rotorua Maori Experience & Thermal Reserve
Adult: $154
Child: $99 (12 & Under)            Time: 9 hours

Explore a thermal reserve with geysers and hot springs while experiencing the heart of Maori culture.

WHAT YOU VISIT
Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve - Locally called "the Whaka," this thermal valley with pools of boiling mud, spouting geysers, silica terraces and steam vents are among the wonders of this reserve. Your Maori guide shares the local lore and legends of this homeland to the Tuhourangi sub-tribe. The reserve also features a re-creation of an early Maori village.

Maori Arts & Crafts Institute - The Institute’s mission is preserving the ancient skills of the Maori. Youngsters from across the country are selected as apprentices, studying skills ranging from carving to weaving, along with creating flax skirts and patterned bodices.

Agrodome - Learn about New Zealand’s important sheep industry in an approximately 60-minute program that features sheep dogs in action, a sheep shearing demonstration and displays featuring 19 breeds of sheep.

SHOPPING
Shop for woolen products at the Agrodome. Whakarewarewa Reserve offers souvenirs incorporating traditional Maori carvings.

LUNCH AND MAORI CONCERT
Have lunch at a local hotel, and then take in a Maori concert. Watch intricate hand games used to train young warriors; listen for songs that tell a story or deliver a message - poi dances suggest a flight of birds and the haka is a war dance designed to frighten an enemy.

WHAT YOU SEE ALONG THE WAY
Your drive to Rotorua takes you through Te Puke, the heart of kiwifruit country, and past rural and forested landscapes.

SPECIAL NOTES
Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring a sweater on this tour. Your walk at the thermal reserve consists of 650 yards over worn walkways. As with all geothermal regions, the smell of hydrogen sulphide permeates the atmosphere.

Photography may be restricted and passengers may be asked to remove their hats during the Maori ceremonies.
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Adult: $136
Child: $89 (12 & Under)          Time: 8 3/4 hours

Travel to the picturesque Wai-o-tapu thermal valley; be treated to lunch accompanied by a Maori concert, and then visit Rainbow Springs.

WHAT YOU VISIT
Wai-o-tapu Valley - Wai-o-tapu or "Sacred Waters," features geysers, mud pools, mineral terraces, colorful hot and cold pools and steaming volcanic lakes. The Lady Knox geyser erupts daily, and subject to the time the ship is in port, you may have the opportunity to experience this during your visit.

Rainbow Springs - Over 135 varieties of native trees and ferns surround pools teeming with trout. Look for 60-foot tall trees and delicate maidenhair ferns. Exotic native birds are on display in the aviaries and you can visit the nocturnal Kiwi House for a look at New Zealand’s national emblem, the kiwi.

LUNCH AND ENTERTAINMENT
Join aerial gondolas for a ride up the side of Mount Ngongotaha to the Skyline Restaurant. The gondola ride and restaurant both offer extensive views over Lake Rotorua, the city and surrounding areas. During your buffet lunch served with wine and beer, you will be entertained by a Maori cultural group.

WHAT YOU SEE ALONG THE WAY
From the pier, travel through the orchards of Te Puke to Rotorua. After visiting Rainbow Springs, travel along the Rotorua lakefront past Queen Elizabeth Hospital and the Government Gardens to Wai-o-tapu, before your scenic drive back to Tauranga.

SPECIAL NOTES
As with all geothermal regions, the smell of hydrogen sulphide permeates the atmosphere.

Photography may be restricted and passengers may be asked to remove their hats during the Maori ceremonies.
Waimangu Volcanic Valley Tour
Adult: $189
Child: $129 (12 & Under)         Time: 9 hours

This full-day excursion travels to the world’s only large hydrothermal system formed in recent times by volcanic eruption.

WHAT YOU VISIT
Waimangu Volcanic Valley - After a ceremonious Maori welcome, your local guide takes you along unpaved paths into the geothermal wonders of Waimangu Volcanic Valley, considered by many to be the most beautiful place in New Zealand. A Maori group performs the haka (war chant) against the dramatic volcanic backdrop. You will then observe a craft display and demonstration by local artists at the Bird’s Nest Terrace.

Rainbow Springs - Over 135 varieties of native trees and ferns surround pools teeming with trout. Look for 60-foot tall trees and delicate maidenhair ferns. Exotic native birds are on display in the aviaries and you can visit the nocturnal Kiwi House for a look at New Zealand’s national emblem, the kiwi.

WHAT YOU SEE ON YOUR CRUISE
Board a comfortable tour boat for a leisurely cruise on Lake Rotomahana, the youngest naturally formed lake in New Zealand which was created by a volcanic eruption on June 10, 1886. Look for volcanic craters, lakeside geysers, steaming vents and rich bird life.

LUNCH AND ENTERTAINMENT
During your buffet lunch, you will be entertained by a Maori Cultural Group.

WHAT YOU SEE ALONG THE WAY
From the pier, you will drive through the orchards of Te Puke to Rotorua and the Waimangu Valley. After visiting Rainbow Springs, travel along the Rotorua lake front past Queen Elizabeth Hospital and the Government Gardens before your scenic drive back to Tauranga.

SPECIAL NOTES
As with all geothermal regions, the smell of hydrogen sulphide permeates the atmosphere.

Photography may be restricted and passengers may be asked to remove their hats during the Maori ceremonies.
Ez Tauranga
Adult: $62
Child: $42 (12 & Under)          Time: 4 1/2 hours

Skirt the shoreline of this popular seaside resort; take a firsthand look at kiwifruit cultivation and tour Tauranga’s sights.

WHAT YOU VISIT
Elms Mission Station - Founded in 1835, the station is home to the restored Mission House, built by New Zealand’s pioneer missionary, Archdeacon Brown. The grounds also feature impressive gardens.

Kiwifruit Country - Established in 1987, displays offer visitors an interesting look into this popular furry berry that was once called the “Chinese Gooseberry.”

REFRESHMENTS
Morning or afternoon tea is served during your kiwifruit tour.

WHAT YOU SEE ALONG THE WAY
Travel along the ocean side of Mt. Maunganui Peninsula to the kiwifruit capital of Te Puke. Returning through this fertile sub-tropical fruit-growing region, you will drive by Tauranga’s harbor and along the strand, past the Maori War Canoe and the 1847 Mission House. Catch a glimpse of this prestigious home as you drive through the Te Papa Peninsula.
Maori Culture & Tauranga
Adult: $69
Child: $46 (12 & Under) Highlights          Time: 4 hours


A Maori guide takes you on an exploration of Maori heritage and early New Zealand life.

WHAT YOU VISIT
Paparoa or Tutereinga Marae - As you enter the gates of the Marae, you will be greeted by the tangata whenua (local people). Take a cultural journey through Maori heritage and early New Zealand life, followed by a Maori folklore performance and display of Maori arts and crafts.

REFRESHMENTS
Morning or afternoon tea at Paparoa or Tutereinga Marae enhances your tour experience.

WHAT YOU SEE ALONG THE WAY
Travel through Tauranga to Paparoa for your Marae visit. Continue on to Minden Lookout for views of the Bay of Plenty. Continue along the Matapihi and Maungatapu peninsulas to Gate Pa, sight of a battle between the Maoris and the British. Take in the Maori War Canoe, Te Awanui, and the downtown waterfront, before returning to your ship.

SPECIAL NOTES
Tour order may vary.

Photography may be restricted and passengers may be asked to remove their hats during the Maori ceremonies.
The Waikato Valley - Deer, Dairy & Horses
Adult: $109
Child: $79 (12 & under)           Time: 6 hours

A full-day tour explores the types of agriculture in the Waikato Valley.

WHAT YOU VISIT
Oraka Wapiti Deer Park - This 56-hectare deer park includes a superb pine plantation and beautiful gardens. During your visit, discover how deer farming has become a lucrative agricultural pursuit. New Zealand produces deer velvet, a highly sought export, as well as Cervena, farmed venison. Your stop includes morning tea.

Java Lodge - The Matamata District is renowned for its top thoroughbred stud farms. Tour this 280-acre farm with its beautifully maintained paddocks, learn about New Zealand’s thoroughbred industry, and see one of the stallions paraded.

Longland Farms - This working farm boasts a superb garden of lavender and old world roses. Kerry Simpson, a third generation New Zealand farmer, and his German born wife Silvia, provide a warm welcome and commentary on New Zealand agriculture.

LUNCH
Your visit to Longland Farms includes a lunch of barbecued lamb, fresh salads with herbs from the kitchen garden, and a complimentary glass of wine.

WHAT YOU SEE ALONG THE WAY
Board your air-conditioned motorcoach and travel over Harbour Bridge, driving through Tauranga. Traverse the Kaimai Mountains en route to the Waikato Valley. Descending the range, enjoy views of the Waikato Valley with its fertile farmlands.

SPECIAL NOTES
Sequence of tour stops may vary.
Katikati Heritage & Haiku Pathway Walk
Adult: $42
Child: $29 (12 & under)            Time: 4 1/2 hours

The picturesque town of Katikati, set on the banks of the Uretara River, is a haven for local artists and writers, and is renowned in New Zealand as the only “mural” town with some 40 colorful murals adorning the walls and buildings of the village.

WHAT YOU VISIT
Katikati Heritage Museum - The museum is a treasure trove of local history; it contains mementos of Katikati’s first 125 years, from the days of Maori settlement to modern times and is packed with antiques, photographs, artifacts and information. Owners Nancy and Ken Merriman will entertain you with stories of the area during your visit.

YOUR HAIKU PATHWAY WALK
Local guides will join you on an easy 1 1/4 mile walk which meanders along the river and is littered with boulders upon which Haiku poetry is inscribed. The pathway is a culmination of a vision from local artist Catherine Mair, an internationally acclaimed Haiku poet. This poetry has a strong association with nature and has a perfect application on this gentle walk.

SHOPPING
You will have some free time to visit one of the excellent craft shops featuring work of local people.
Alternatively, spend time with the local guides who will explain the amazing murals which appear throughout the town.

REFRESHMENTS
A delicious devonshire tea will be served at the Heritage Museum.

WHAT YOU SEE ALONG THE WAY
Travel past Mt. Maunganui and through the city of Tauranga before driving through the rich horticultural areas of Bethlehem and Te Puna then on to the small rural town of Katikati. Following your visit, retrace your steps back to the ship.

SPECIAL NOTES
There is a steep access of approximately 100 yards at the commencement of the Haiku Pathway walk, however, the walk itself is mostly flat.
Trout Fishing By Boat
Adult: $449 per person
Child: $449 per person        Time: 9 hours

Many waterways around Rotorua are home to some of the world’s finest trout fishing. Rainbow and German brown trout thrive in New Zealand’s cold waters, reaching formidable size.

WHAT YOU VISIT
Lake Rotorua or Lake Rotoiti - An experienced guide takes you by boat to the best spots on one of these two trout havens. Your fishing trip includes gear, license, picnic lunch and guide.

LUNCH
Once you have landed your catch, it will be prepared and served beside the lake shore.

WHAT YOU SEE ALONG THE WAY
The scenic 50-mile drive from Tauranga brings you to the Rotorua lake region, a geothermal wonderland and a trout fisherman’s paradise.

SPECIAL NOTES
You will not visit Rotorua town nor the Thermal Reserve on this excursion.

A minimum of two fishermen per boat is required to operate.
Rangitaiki River Rafting Adventure
Adult: $129
Child: $89 (12 & Under)          Time: 8 hours

Paddle through the depths of a spectacular native bush and planted forest, steeped in local Maori history.

YOUR RAFTING ADVENTURE
At Murupara, board your 4 meter river raft to begin your approximately two-hour rafting adventure. The river itself is cut between native bush and exotic forest. At times, sheer rock walls tower overhead. Teaming with trout and bird life, this journey is without doubt a perfect mix of scenery and mild rafting thrills. A deli lunch will be served at the completion of your river float. All equipment including life jacket, helmet and paddle is included.

WHAT YOU SEE ALONG THE WAY
From the pier, travel by motorcoach toward Whakatane before branching off into the forested regions of Rotorua. Your rafting adventure on the Rangitaiki River begins at Murupara.

SPECIAL NOTES
This is a very active tour, so you should be in good physical condition and you must be confident, capable swimmers in order to participate.

The Rangitaiki River is a grade 3-4.
Tauranga Highlights By Classic Car
Adult: $99 per person
Child: $99 per person            Time: 3 hours

Explore the Tauranga region in style in either a classic Bentley or Rolls Royce vehicle, stopping to explore a restored Mission House and then on to learn all about health products originating from the bee hive.

WHAT YOU VISIT
Elms Mission Station - Founded in 1835, the station is home to the restored Mission House, built by New Zealand’s pioneer missionary, Archdeacon Brown. The grounds also feature impressive gardens.

Comvita Bee Products - Comvita is New Zealand’s leading bee product manufacturer. Here, you will learn about the production of health products originating from the bee hive.

REFRESHMENTS
A light tea will be served during your tour.

WHAT YOU SEE ALONG THE WAY
Travel along the ocean side of Mt. Maunganui to the city of Tauranga. Continue on to the Minden Lookout for views of Tauranga and Mt. Maunganui. Pass through Welcome Bay and Maketu, the site where the Arawa Canoe landed in 1340; this was possibly the first site where the Maori landed.

SPECIAL NOTES
Each vehicle carries a maximum of 4 passengers.
Volcanic History & Mt Tarawera Crater
Adult: $199
Child: $139 (12 & under)          Time: 8 1/2 hours

Board 4WD vehicles on a journey to the actual Mt Tarawera crater; sit back and view the picturesque rural scenery while your guide provides an interesting continuation of the history of the area including Maori legend, history and volcanology.

WHAT YOU VISIT
Rotorua Museum - The museum is housed in the beautiful Bath House building, once known as the Great South Seas Spa. You will be taken on an educational adventure, plummeting 8 miles into the belly of the earth to learn the scientific and mythological reasons for Rotorua’s volatile landscape. A movie shows an active portrayal of the 1886 eruption of Mt Tarawera which had such a huge impact on Rotorua’s landscape and geological features.

Okataina Volcanic Centre - Mt Tarawera lies within the Okataina Volcanic Centre, one of the five major active areas within the Taupo Volcanic Zone. At the summit of Mt Tarawera, your guide will take you on a walk around the crater. During the walk there are spectacular views of the crater and red scree slopes.

LUNCH AND REFRESHMENTS
During the course of the day, take a break for a picnic-style lunch along with either morning or afternoon tea.

WHAT YOU SEE ALONG THE WAY
Leaving by motorcoach, you will travel past Mt. Maunganui and Te Puke, a horticultural hub of the Bay of Plenty, before continuing on through rich farmland to reach Rotorua. After visiting the museum, transfer to 4WD vehicles to drive past the largest man-made forest in New Zealand to reach the base of Mt. Tarawera volcano. On completion of the crater walk, travel back down Mt. Tarawera and rejoin your motorcoach for the journey back to the ship.