Tauranga Cruises

Rotorua Geothermal
Hobbiton
Waitomo Caves

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With a population of over 141,600 people, beautiful Tauranga is one of New Zealand’s biggest cities. The Māori settled here in the 13th century, 500 years before the Europeans! This MSC World Cruise destination overlooks the gorgeous Bay of Plenty on the country’s North Island, and is celebrated for its natural wonders, vibrant eateries, and buzzing waterfront.

MSC Cruises excursions offer plenty of exciting things to see including:
 
• Rotorua Geothermal
• Hobbiton
• Waitomo Caves
 
Take an MSC Cruises excursion to Rotorua’s geothermal hotspot, a world of boiling mud pools, hot springs, and gushing geysers. The Whakarewarewa Valley has three significant geysers including Pohutu — the largest in the southern hemisphere! With eruptions lasting from a few minutes to several days, it propels water up to thirty meters in the air! Afterwards, visit Government Gardens, the Art Deco Blue Baths, and the famous Rotorua Bath House, which is a now a fascinating museum.
 
If you’re a fan of J.R.R. Tolkien, you won’t want to miss out on an MSC Cruises excursion to Matamata. In the heart of the Waikato region, in the shadow of the Kaimai Range, lies an area of lush farmland where Peter Jackson shot his Oscar-winning Lord of the Rings and enchanting Hobbit trilogy. Now a permanent attraction called Hobbiton, you’ll stroll around this movie set’s many locations. Stop by Bag End and the Party Tree before and enjoying a drink at the Green Dragon Inn.
 
The Waitomo Caves took over 30 million years to form, when planet Earth’s movement caused limestone to buckle and rise above sea level. On an MSC Cruises excursion, you’ll take a boat ride into its pitch-black expanse, gazing at millions of bioluminescent glow-worms lighting up the ceiling. Their amazing performance will leave you speechless, which is probably just as well, as these glowing critters extinguish their lights whenever they hear noise! To finish, enjoy a delicious buffet style lunch at the Waitomo Homestead accompanied by glass of beer, juice, or wine.

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    New Zealand

    Kiwi spotting in a land of pioneers and adventurers
    Kiwi spotting in a land of pioneers and adventurers

    New Zealand lies in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, in Oceania.

    It is made up of two main islands: North Island and South Island, as well as numerous smaller islands such as the Chatham Islands. It is a sparsely populated country, full of surprises, rich in natural beauty and vast landscapes. 
     
    A visit to the capital Wellington is a must; a lively and fun city with street musicians and colourful markets. However, New Zealand’s largest city is actually Auckland. Known as the “City of Sails” because of its strong links with the sea and all the activities connected to it, the city enjoys a privileged location between the Pacific Ocean and the Tasman Sea. 
     
    A visit to the Sky Tower is a must: from a height of 328 metres you can enjoy a wonderful view that extends for 80 kilometres. Half an hour from the city there are the forests of the Waitakere Ranges, where you can see thousand year old Kauri trees which have trunks with a diameter of several meters, and Piha, which will enchant you with its black volcanic sand beach, a popular destination for surfers from all over the world.