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Tauranga Shore Excursion: Small-Group Bay of Plenty and Tauranga Tour

Are you looking for a short tour where you get to feel the heartbeat of this region but still have time to peruse the shops close by and have your lunch back on board? Maybe you have travelled to Rotorua on a previous visit and you are looking for something new to discover?
Step off your cruise ship and join us in exploring some of the fun things which makes Tauranga, the Bay of Plenty. Enjoy a short tour covering an extensive mix of attractions, activities, and places, pristine white beaches, arts and crafts, history, culture, & fine foods, some of which are unique to Tauranga.
3.5 Hours with a small group – guaranteed to see plenty.
• Idyllic seaside resort of Mount Maunganui
• Interesting city centre
• Historic Landmarks - The Elms Mission station,
• Maori Battle grounds, to name but a few sights.
• Beautiful rose gardens
• Taste local honey & kiwifruit
• Walk in native rainforest
• Beautiful Waterfalls
• Impressive Photo Opportunities

per adult from

$76

NZD

Duration

3 hours 30 minutes

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  • What's included :
    • Driver/guide
    • Live commentary on board
    • Transport by private vehicle
    • Port pickup and drop-off
    • Worry-free Shore Excursion Guarantee
    • Free Ice cream
    What's excluded :
    • Gratuities
    • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • This is a typical itinerary for this product

    Stop At: Zealandier Tours, Tauranga 3149 New Zealand

    Are you wondering what you can do in this port of Tauranga? Are you looking for a short tour where you get to feel the heartbeat of this region but still have time to peruse the shops close by and have your lunch on board?
    Maybe you have travelled to Rotorua on a previous visit and you are looking for something new to discover?
    Step off your cruise ship and join us in exploring some of the fun things which makes Tauranga, the Bay of Plenty. You will enjoy a short tour covering an extensive mix of attractions, activities, and places, pristine white beaches, arts and crafts, history, culture, & fine foods, some of which are unique to Tauranga and /or the Bay.
    The coastal Bay of Plenty, so aptly named by Captain Cook on his inaugural navigation of New Zealand, has plenty for everyone to enjoy, with Tauranga at its heart it really is New Zealand's best kept secret destination.
    We meet you outside the port’s main pedestrian gates, begin your journey as we drive alongside the pristine inner harbour toward an impressive volcanic lava dome caused by the upwelling of rhyolite lava over millions of years and is commonly known as the Mount but officially called Mauao by local Maori. Maori people are the indigenous Polynesian people of New Zealand. Māori originated from eastern Polynesia, arrived in several canoe voyages sometime between 1250 and 1300. Over several centuries the Polynesian settlers developed a unique culture, with their own language, mythology, and distinctive crafts and performing arts. Early Māori formed tribal groups based on eastern Polynesian social customs and organisation. Horticulture flourished using plants they introduced; and much later, a prominent warrior culture emerged. Mauao was homeland to several tribes on their original arrivals and is held with great esteem today.
    You will traverse across the narrow isthmus to what is called the main beaches of Mount Maunganui - a prestigious seaside resort. The Pacific Ocean spreads before you, as far as your eyes can see - with 22kms of white sandy beaches, rolling surf and million-dollar properties - this region certainly commands your attention.
    We will then depart the ocean taking us across the harbour bridge to the city centre. Tauranga constituted as a city in 1963 and is the centre of the fifth largest urban area in New Zealand. Boasting a population of 137,900, making it one of New Zealand's main centres for business, international trade, culture, fashion and horticultural science. The Port of Tauranga is New Zealand's largest port in terms of gross export tonnage and efficiency and Tauranga is one of New Zealand's fastest growing cities. I will show you some of the cities culture, arts and historic sites, relating both to Maori & early European.
    Next we will introduce you to New Zealand bees and the famous Manuka honey. You will get to taste this honey which is used for medicinal purposes in many countries around the world and it has become another large export earner for the region. You can peruse the gift shop or try a honey ice-cream should you wish. Next is a brief stop and introduction to our Kiwifruit industry. Kiwifruit is excellent to add to your daily diet as it is very high in Potassium, Vitamins C, E & A, and has very high fibre content.
    We then head westward up into the Kaimai ranges to visit McLaren Falls & Park, which abounds with a diverse range of tree species & birdlife. You now have the opportunity to walk in our native bush to a beautiful waterfall. When we depart this majestic area if time permits - we will venture through farmland until we reach our high vantage point to capture unobstructed views along the Bay of Plenty coastline including your cruise ship, farmland, and the suburbs of Tauranga.
    Now it’s homeward we travel into Tauranga City, and back along the inner harbour past the local fishing boats, over the busy harbour bridge along the port back to your ship to conclude our Tauranga sightseeing adventure.
    Tour Highlights 3.5 Hours with a small group – guaranteed to see plenty.
    • Idyllic seaside resort of Mount Maunganui
    • Interesting city centre
    • Historic Landmarks - The Elms Mission station,
    • Maori Battle grounds, to name but a few sights.
    • Beautiful rose gardens,
    • Bronze statues of Hairy McLary & his friends,
    • Taste local honey & kiwifruit,
    • Walk in native rainforest.
    • Beautiful Waterfalls
    • Impressive Photo Opportunities


    Duration: 3 hours

  • Departure Point :
    Tauranga, Tauranga, Bay of Plenty Region, North Island
    Traveler pickup is offeredPorts
    • Port of Tauranga Ltd, 2 Salisbury Avenue, Mount Maunganui, Tauranga 3116, New Zealand
    Departure Time :
    10:00 AM
    Return Detail :
    Returns to original departure point
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Please wear comfortable clothing, walking shoes
    • Please bring sun protection
    • Pricing is per person
    • There is some walking involved - optional
    • Stroller accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • Infant seats available
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 19 travelers
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

Language

English

Age Req.

-

Fitness Req.

None

Group Size

15

Organised by Zealandier Tours

Activity ID: V-6050PRTTRGTRHD

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