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 Hop on Hop off Rotorua Highlights

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

Rotorua Sights Hop on Hop off Bus tour departs from Port of Tauranga and visits the top 8 attractions that Rotorua has to offer. Your bus ticket allows you to get to Rotorua to be able to choose a maximum of two attractions with 2 hours at each stop before returning to Port of Tauranga. All up this is a 7 hour tour.

Stopping at:

  • Whakarewarewa
  • Te Puia
  • Skyline
  • Rainbow Springs
  • Rotorua Lakefront and Government Gardens
  • Polynesian Spa
  • Blue Baths
  • Rotorua Duck Tours


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.


Polynesian Spa

Relax and unwind on the tranquil shores of Lake Rotorua at Polynesian Spa – a world-leading, natural mineral bathing and luxury  spa retreat.

Channelling geothermal marvels in its backyard, the 28 mineral pools at Polynesian Spa are fed from two natural springs for a combination that both nourishes the skin and relieves tired muscles, aches and pains.

Specialising in a range of health and wellness treatments, Polynesian Spa has a decadent spa therapy menu. Also a retreat for athletes, wellness rituals ensure maximum sports relaxation featuring hydrotherapy and a reflexology walk.

Combining ancient healing practices with modern techniques, Polynesian Spa is frequently recognised as one of the top 10 spas in the world.


Rotorua Duck Tours

Amphibious Sightseeing and Informational Tours

Rotorua Duck Tours has been in operation for 14 years providing sightseeing and informational tours of Rotorua’s stunning Lakes district all from the comfort of our converted WWII Landing Crafts.

Rotorua is surrounded by 18 beautiful lakes and boasts some of the most amazing natural native scenery in New Zealand. The best way to experience Rotorua’s natural beauty is both from land and water on our unique tour vehicles.

Our guides pride themselves on their knowledge, friendliness and ability to engage both young and old with their balanced delivery of fun and detailed information.

With two tour options available, the Rotorua City and Lakes Tour (90mins visiting 3 lakes) to our Tarawera and Lakes Tour (120min visiting 4 lakes) running daily. Tours depart throughout the day at 11am, 1pm and 3.30pm.

Quack, Laugh and Splash with Rotorua Duck Tours today!


Blue Baths

Visit Rotorua’s beautiful Blue Baths, in the Government Gardens.  The Social Room is a great spot to stop for food, drink and conversation.  Serving freshly baked scones to our modern high tea and mouth-watering sweets.  We have a unique culinary selection on offer.  Enjoy the views across the gardens, sun on the roof deck or take a dip in our thermally heated pools.

Departs, finishes and tickets

The bus departs from the Cruise terminal at the Port of Tauranga, and is in Rotorua for 4.5hours before returning to the Cruise Terminal.
Tickets can be purchased at the Port or for pre-purchase online – if you buy with us today you can secure an early bird special of $70 per adult  / $50 Child (5-15yrs) Coach travel only – email us today at to purchase.

Another option is to purchase our Rotorua Hop on Hop off bus Bundle ticket – included in this Bundle is the return coach travel, entrance into Whakarewarewa, and you choose either Skyline Gondola + 1 x Luge ride OR entrance into Rainbow Springs – Pre-purchase price of $160 per adult / $99 per child (5-15yrs)