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Hop on Hop off Rotorua Highlights

On the days that cruise ships visit the Port of Tauranga, Bethlehem Coachlines offer a Tauranga or Rotorua City highlights tour. These tours run all day, times dependent on the arrival and departure of the Cruise ship. Whilst on board the bus enjoy a full commentary by your local bus driver.

Rotorua Sights Hop on Hop off Bus tour departs from Port of Tauranga and visits the top 5 attractions that Rotorua has on offer. Your bus ticket allows you to hop on and off the bus as much as you like, with transfers approximately every two hours between the attractions.

Stopping at:

  • Whakarewarewa
  • Te Puia
  • Skyline
  • Rainbow Springs
  • Rotorua Lakefront and Government Gardens


rotorua tour whakarewarewaThe Living Maori Village – Whakarewarewa

Where in New Zealand do you have the opportunity to visit & engage with maori people in a living village?

NAU MAI, HAERE MAI (welcome) to the ancestral home of the Tuhourangi – Ngati Wahiao people.

Five minutes from the city centre and nestled in a unique geothermal valley for over 200 years, Whakarewarewa, the Living Maori Village offers a journey of discovery.

As you wind your way around the boiling mud pools and steam vents, our guides will have you spellbound recounting stories & history handed down from our ancestors.

Learn about how our people utilise these natural geothermal wonders for cooking our food, heating our homes and rejuvenating our bodies & spirits in the therapeutic waters.

Our world famous Pohutu Geyser is guaranteed to have you captivated with its power, as will as the cultural performances by our resident group – Te Pakira.

rotorua tour te puiaTe Puia

For cruise visitors to the Port of Tauranga, Te Puia offers a combination of world unique landscapes and cultural storytelling all in one convenient location.

Te Puia is also home to the New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute; where you can see our Maori men and women learning and perfecting the skills handed down by their ancestors.

This unique landscape features boiling mud pools and acres of native bush. Visitors have intimate access to the geyser terrace, standing only meters away from the world famous Pōhutu geyser. This is New Zealand’s most active and naturally occurring geyser, erupting up to 30m into the air.

Visitors will also have an opportunity to see live kiwi birds in our nocturnal kiwi house. We share stories, powerful cultural performances and insight into this unique corner of the world. Our daily cultural performances are at: 10.15am, 12.15pm, 2.15pm and 3.15pm.


rotorua tour skyline

Famous for a reason, Skyline Rotorua is your ticket to an unforgettable holiday. Home to the ultimate Gondola and Luge experiences, there’s a raft of activities to keep you entertained. From the thrilling Zoom Zipline, Sky Swing and Mountain Bike Gravity Park to out-of-this world stargazing, tranquil nature trails, wine tasting, dining and shopping experiences.

The Skyline Rotorua complex is just minutes from central Rotorua, sitting atop Mt Ngongotaha providing unsurpassed views of New Zealand’s coolest hot spot. This is an all-weather must do attraction suitable for all ages year round.

rotorua tour rainbow springsRainbow springs

The magic of New Zealand’s wildlife comes together in one incredible place – Rainbow Springs Nature Park, Rotorua.

Set amongst the native trees and beautiful forests of Rotorua, Rainbow Springs Nature Park offers a fun-packed and educational experience for everyone. Learn about New Zealand’s fascinating natural history and come closer than ever to the creatures who call this great land of ours home.

Rainbow Springs is also a haven for New Zealand’s most vulnerable and iconic creature, the Kiwi, and is one of the only places these shy guys can feel safe; and you can meet them up-close! Since 1995, our team of dedicated conservationists have cared for and released over 1,500 kiwis back into the New Zealand wild to date.

Rotorua Lakefront and Government Gardens

rotorua tour lakefront goverment gardens

Explore historic gardens that surround a Tudor-style spa bath house and an ornate Mediterranean-style public swimming pool. Peer through the steam into ancient bubbling geothermal pools.

This site is of legendary and historical importance to local Maori people, for here many significant battles have taken place. In the late 1800s, the Maori people gifted 50 acres of this land to the crown “for the benefit of the people of the world”.

The land was a scrub-covered geothermal area with several therapeutic pools. The scrub was cleared and formal gardens planted.

Departs, finishes and tickets

The bus departs and finishes each loop from the Cruise terminal at the Port,
Tickets can be purchased at the Port or off the driver at any of the stops.