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Shore Excursion to the Maori Culture Centre: Kiwi birds, and Geo-Thermal Valley

Shore Excursion to the Maori Culture Centre: Kiwi birds, and Geo-Thermal Valley

Mount Maunganui, New Zealand
Safety measures
icon7 hours  (Approx.)
Pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds
Safety measures
icon7 hours  (Approx.)
Pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

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Safety measures
icon7 hours  (Approx.)
Pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds


Explore New Zealand’s magical North Island on this 7-hour Tauranga shore excursion. See the golden sands of Mt Maunganui’s Marine Parade and stroll along Papamoa Beach as local fishermen haul in their catches. Learn about traditional Maori arts and crafts, culture and history in Te Puia, and watch a performance of the Maori war dance. Explore Rotorua’s geothermal valley, famous for its steaming geysers and bubbling mud pools, and admire New Zealand’s national bird in the Kiwi House.
  • Small-group tour by minibus
  • Small group ensures personal service
  • All entrance fees included
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Fully narrated tour
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Port pickup and drop-off
Live commentary on board
This operator has two meet-up options available. You can either meet at the departure point below or select a location for pick-up.
1 The Mall , 1 The Mall, Mount Maunganui 3116, New Zealand

Look for me outside the Port gate holding a sign with your name on it.

  • Outside the Port of Tauranga gate
  • Outside the Port building at the Port of Auckland
  • 9:00 AM

    After booking, the operator will contact you about pickup time.

    This activity will end right where it started.
    • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
    • At time of booking, Cruise ship passengers must provide the following information at time of booking: ship name, docking time, disembarkation time and re-boarding time
    • Collapsible wheelchairs with removable wheels can be accommodated providing the passenger is accompanied by someone who can assist them board and disembark
    • Umbrellas provided for wet weather
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 11 travelers
    • OPERATED BY Archer Tours
    You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
    • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
    • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
    • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
    • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

    Learn more about cancellations.

    The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
    What is the policy on sanitization during Shore Excursion to the Maori Culture Centre: Kiwi birds, and Geo-Thermal Valley?
    A:The policies on sanitization are:

    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
    See all safety measures taken by Shore Excursion to the Maori Culture Centre: Kiwi birds, and Geo-Thermal Valley.
    What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Shore Excursion to the Maori Culture Centre: Kiwi birds, and Geo-Thermal Valley?
    A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    See all safety measures taken by Shore Excursion to the Maori Culture Centre: Kiwi birds, and Geo-Thermal Valley.

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    Informative, pleasurable, time well spent
    , Nov 2019
    Jim Archer was very attentive pleasant person. Extremely knowledgable able to communicate in easy to understand dialogue. He was able to get the mosy out of the excursion in the time available. Good sense of humor. In all, I felt we got more for our money than from what you normally get on excursions.
    If you want the best tour guide and a outstanding tour then book with Archer Tours!
    , Nov 2018
    We booked a tour through Tauranga with Jim Archer a few weeks before our arrival by cruise ship. Now I can see how lucky we were to be able to have booked with him. He is so knowledgeable about every aspect of this tour and area. The geo thermals are amazing and learning more about the land and people made us really connect with this very special place. And Jim is very funny!! It was so great to be on this smaller tour compared with those other huge tour buses. It was our favorite tour and stop of our entire cruise. Hopefully we’ll have a chance to book him again someday when we come back!
    Overall the Archer tour was not what...
    , Mar 2018
    Overall the Archer tour was not what I expected. When we assembled at the time requested to go on the excursion, two people did not show up. The tour guide insisted on waiting 30 minutes to see if they would come. We really had to press him to leave so we could start the tour. The excursion was listed on Viator to include a tour of a Kiwifruit farm. The tour guide told us that the posting on Viator was wrong and they no longer tour the farm. Another friend took a tour from another operator to the same Maori/Thermal valley as us and was also taken to a Kiwifarm. While at the Maori cultural center we missed seeing the exhibit for the Kiwi bird. We certainly seemed to have had time to make sure that we saw that exhibit.
    This was an amazing trip. The guide...
    , Feb 2018
    This was an amazing trip. The guide, Graham was very knowlegeable and the tour itself was the highlight of our holiday. Just one hiccup. If you are expecting to go to the Kiwi orchard, it's unlikely you will because our tour guide knew nothing about this stop when questioned.
    An amazing tour of the area. From...
    Barbara Y
    , Apr 2017
    An amazing tour of the area. From walking on the beach to going to the geo-thermal valley and seeing steaming geysers erupt. The Maori Cultural Centre gave a wonderful explanation of their culture. Our guide was extremely knowlegeable about this culture being part Maori himself. Wonderful experience.
    Problem with our tour, which was...
    Richard F
    , Jan 2017
    Problem with our tour, which was booked and paid for and confirmed by Viatour before the date. When we arrived on the dock 15minutes early the driver was a no show. We looked and looked for him and finally were told by 2 separate people that he had been there and left! Fortunately another driver was doing a similar tour and happened to have room for 2 more. He put in a call to the Jim Archer driver who had left us and was told that he was overbooked. Why would he not have waited to tell us in person. Very upsetting! We were lucky that the other driver heard our distress and took us on the tour which was great but had a very bad start. We are not certain that the tour we took was as inclusive and was perhaps less expensive than the one we originally booked and paid for.
    Just arrived home after 4 weeks of...
    Christopher i
    , Jan 2016
    Just arrived home after 4 weeks of travelling around New Zealand and this was only a few days in to our holiday but stands out as an out-standing day which was made more enjoyable by the wonderful Jim Archer who was so knowledgeable and an generally lovely guy. Would thoroughly recommend.
    We had a wonderful time on this tour...
    , Dec 2015
    We had a wonderful time on this tour right from when Jim our Tour Guide picked us up from the Port of Tauranga where our ship had docked to when we were dropped back to the Port. Jim with his Maori heritage and his love of New Zealand was so interesting and this gave a special touch to the drive to Rotorua through the forests, rolling hills, farmlands and lake areas of the New Zealand country side. The beautiful Maori Culture display is a must see when visiting Te Puia at Rotorua. We received a traditional Maori Greeting before entering the Wharenui to enjoy harmonious singing, the ferocity and passion of the Haka, the skill of the Tititorea and the graceful dancing of the Poi. A trip to Te Puia is not complete without having one or two of their delicious meat pies at the cafeteria. As I have very limited mobility and use a light weight folding powered wheelchair. The visited to Te Puia was most suitable for me with easy access to the toilets, wheelchair access and assistance to the Wharenui, paved pathways to view the Geysers and mud pools. We appreciated the care and assistance offered to us by Jim our tour guide and we thank him very much for his kindness. We highly recommend Jim and his services for this very interesting tour.
    AMAZING! Our guide, Julie, was great...
    Elizabeth B
    , Nov 2015
    AMAZING! Our guide, Julie, was great -- the perfect mix of knowledgeable, entertaining, and friendly. It was more like sightseeing with an old friend than doing a paid tour. My mother is 80 and had trouble getting in and out of the van. Julie never lost patience and even helped to push my mother's wheelchair at Te Puia. Julie went above and beyond to be sure we were comfortable and entertained, and that we learned a lot about New Zealand. The tour is just as described on the website. Sometimes you sign up for things and then are told that this or that can't be done because of whatever. Not the case here!! We did EVERYTHING. Also, the timing was good -- not too much or too little time at any venue. It was a nice mix of culture Te Puia, fun sightseeing Kiwi 360 and Rotorua lakefront, and relaxation Papamoa Beach. I haven't listed everything we did! It's a long day but well worth it. The group size is great. Granted, our tour wasn't full but the van just isn't that big. Even if your group is full, your tour will be a fraction of the size of the cruise ship tours. And it's cheaper! This is NOT a case of you get what you pay for. Our tour was top notch even though we saved money. I'm very picky and often find fault with accommodations, tours, etc. Not in this case! The only thing that wasn't perfect is that the Kiwi at Te Puia was asleep so we couldn't really see it. Obviously, this is beyond the tour's control! Customer service is excellent. I ask a LOT of questions. Being from the US, I sent several emails to Jim Archer prior to our trip rather than calling. He ALWAYS responded within 24-hours even with the huge time difference and was very gracious and patient with all of my questions. I felt/feel like a valued customer! We did this tour as part of a 14-day cruise through New Zealand and Australia, and it was definitely one of the highlights. I recommend that you book a tour that exposes you to Maori culture but I further recommend THIS tour.
    toller Ausflug nach Roturoa
    , Feb 2020
    Der Ausflug entsprach vollkommen der angekündigten Beschreibung, wir sahen sogar mehr von der tollen Landschaft in Neuseeland. Der Fahrer erklärte alles sehr gut.
    icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
    Hello Gisela I don't know what you have said in your review but you gave it 5 out of 5 so thank you. It is always a pleasure showing overseas visitors around this beautiful country. Jim Archer

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