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Scott Tours

Single Day Tours in Bay of Plenty
Price range:
$140.00 - $160.00


Description

Rotorua and Bay of Plenty Tours
Scott Tours specialise in wonderful day tours for Tauranga cruise ship passengers. We take visitors on day tours to the fantastic coastal attractions of Tauranga and Mount Maunganui and to the ancient geothermal wonderland of Rotorua.

Our tours from Tauranga to Rotorua include experiencing the phenomenon of Wai-o-Tapu tour, as well as Te Puia and Whakarewarewa.

We are professional, friendly and New Zealand born guides and operate modern, comfortable air conditioned vehicles. Join our Rotorua tours and Tauranga tours and explore New Zealand’s dynamic culture and diverse landscape.

George, Yvonne and Geoff provide visitors with a sincere insight into what New Zealand is about. With every job under the sun tried from shepherding to truck driving, George knows a lot about New Zealand! Yvonne spent many years working at Livestock and Improvement so is very knowledgeable about the New Zealand agricultural industry. And Geoff is also a local with plenty of experience as a guide. Scott Tours operate three fully-compliant air-conditioned vehicles.

You may wish to join one of our three regular Rotorua day tours or if you wish to visit other Tauranga and Rotorua attractions. We can customise a tour to your requirements.


Options

#1 - Hobbiton Day Tour

Our Hobbiton Day Tour starts with a drive around the beautiful Mount Maunganui beaches before we are heading off across the Kaimai Ranges views of the Waikato province and passing through farm land which gives you an idea of rural life in New Zealand.

Arriving at Hobbiton you will board the Middle-Earth bus for a 2 hour guided tour of the Hobbiton movie set and farm ending your tour with a complementary drink at the Green Dragon.

You will have the opportunity to have refreshments at the Shires Rest before we start heading back to your cruise ship stopping of at the Moffits Honey Store to sample a delicious Manuka honey Ice cream (at your cost). We then continue our drive to down town Tauranga before arriving back at the port.


#2 - Te Puia Day Tour

From your cruise ship you will join Scott Tours for a journey to Rotorua, one of New Zealand most interesting destinations.

Enroute while we travel to Rotorua passing through farmland, bush, pine forest and beautiful lakes you will have the opportunity to learn about our important industries and exports and a quick stop at the impressive Okere falls.

On the outskirts of Rotorua you'll pass through a Redwood Forest, a tree not indigenous to New Zealand, but provides an interesting point of interest to discover why they were planted there. Time permitting we'll also pass by some of Rotorua city's iconic sights; the government gardens, Rachel's pool (212 Degrees), the historic bath house and a lake front drive.

At Te Puia, your guide from Scott Tours will show you around this comprehensive attraction. On the agenda of the Te Puia tour is a Maori carving and weaving school where you may see master carvers and weavers, and their students at work. Visitors can also wander through a marae, the centre of Maori tribal society to get a feel for everyday Maori life, past and present. This operational marae is also where you will experience traditional Maori song and dance.

Something else to learn about during your Te Puia tour is the New Zealand Kiwi bird. These nocturnal creatures are housed in a special area for visitors to get up close to one of New Zealand most famous icons.

Last but not least is the geothermal valley named Te Whakarewarewa. Shrouded in mist from the geyser activity, Te Whakarewarewa's moon-like landscape is home to bubbling mud and boiling water stream and pools. The valley has over 500 pools and 65 geyser vents and the famous Pohutu geyser which erupts up to 30 metres high.


#3 - Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland Tour

From your cruise ship you will join Scott Tours for a journey to Rotorua, one of New Zealand most interesting destinations.

Enroute while we travel to Rotorua passing through farmland, bush, pine forest and beautiful lakes you will have the opportunity to learn about our important industries and exports and a quick stop at the impressive Okere falls.

On the outskirts of Rotorua you'll pass through a Redwood Forest, a tree not indigenous to New Zealand, but provides an interesting point of interest to discover why they were planted there. Time permitting we will also pass by some of Rotorua city iconic sights; the government gardens, Rachel's pool (212 Degrees), the historic bath house and a lake front drive.

During the Wai-O-Tapu day tour, our guests are given the freedom to explore the park themselves. With well defined tracks and a series of different walks tracks you can choose which of the park's features you want to see.

One not-to-miss highlight of the Wai-O-Tapu guided day tour is the “Mud Pool”. This feature was the site of a large mud volcano which was destroyed through erosion in the 1920's. It now provides an opportunity to experience the captivating noise of bubbling mud.

Walk through this wonderland via clearly defined tracks and enjoy the diversity of this area through a series of different walks taking from 30 to 75 minutes or more, each with their own unique volcanic vistas to fascinate all ages.


#4 - Whakarewarewa Tour

The Living Maori Village, Whakarewarewa sits on an active geothermal plateau where people live on a daily basis. Within the geothermal valley you have the chance to see active mud-pools, bubbling waters and the geysers from the viewing areas, as well as experiencing a Cultural Performance and learning something of the Maori people, history and culture.
On the outskirts of Rotorua you'll pass through a Redwood Forest, a tree not indigenous to New Zealand, but provides an interesting point of interest to discover why they were planted there. Time permitting we'll also pass by some of Rotorua city's iconic sights; the government gardens, Rachel's pool (212 Degrees), the historic bath house and a lake front drive.

On arrival at Whakarewarewa, The Living Maori Village you will meet your guide from the village who is a descendant from the guides who guided at the world famous Pink and White Terraces prior to the eruption in 1886. Your guide will explain to you the uniqueness of Te Whakarewarewa Valley, of its history and significance in geothermal terms and how the people in the village live on a daily basis, cooking in the steam and bubbling pools, bathing in the geothermal waters and heating their homes.

You will then be entertained by one of Rotorua's leading Kapa Haka groups – Te Pakira. The cultural performance includes waiata (songs), Patere (rhythmic chants), performance of the world famous HAKA (performed by NZ sporting teams), an audience participation set which is always a fun time, with photo opportunities at the end of the show.

“Whakarewarewa is ranked no. 276 in the Lonely Planet's Top 500 Ultimate Travel Destinations.”While at the Whakarewarewa try the sweetcorn on the cob cooked in the bubbling pool, or the Hangi pie at Ned's Café. Browse the shops which include a pounamu (greenstone) shop with a resident carver, a Ta Moko (tattoo) shop with a resident tattooist and various souvenir shops. The Village also has a Kohanga Reo (early childhood education centre), two old churches (Anglican and Catholic) dating from the early 1900's, along with various privately owned homes, coloured lakes and a fully operating and functional Marae

Tour duration 5 to 6 hours.
Pick ups can be arranged from cruise ships at the Port of Tauranga, Tauranga airport or your Tauranga or Mount Maunganui accommodation.
Price including lunch.

Lunch option 1: Tantalise your taste buds with a food cooked within the geothermal wonders of Whakarewarewa. Taste Chicken, Kumara and Potatoes cooked in our natural steam boxes and experience the unique taste of corn cooked in the largest thermal pool “Parekohuru”.

Lunch option 2: Try the famous “Whaka Hangi Pie”, consisting of chicken, beef, cabbage, carrots, and bread stuffing mixed together with gravy and encased in a golden flaky puff pastry. Also enjoy a piece of corn uniquely cooked in the largest geothermal pool “Parekohuru”.

Lunch option 3: Enjoy a freshly made sandwich of your choice and choose from either a scone or muffin baked fresh that day.


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