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

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

*** We run ALL these tours to fit with cruise ships arrival & sailing times****

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 near by?

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.

4 Hours with a small group – guaranteed to see plenty.
• Idyllic seaside resort of Mount Maunganui
• Interesting city centre
• Learn about Historic Landmarks - The Elms Mission station,
• Visit Maori Battle grounds, to name but a few sights.
• Beautiful rose gardens - Nov/Feb
• Kiwifruit tasting
• Walk in native rainforest
• Beautiful Waterfalls
• Impressive Photo Opportunities

Enjoy a Freshly baked muffin and great coffee at cottage cafe.

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Mount Maunganui, Mount Maunganui, Tauranga, Bay of Plenty Region, North Island

Mount Maunganui is voted New Zealands number 1 beach and seaside resort. With its iconic Mauao - a volcanic lava dome, 232 mtrs high standing proudly at the headland and the 22kms of beautiful white sandy beach, not forgetting to mention Marine Parade which showcases some of New Zealand most expensive and luxurious holiday homes - this is not a place to miss seeing. We will take a short stop so you can walk on the beach before continuing.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Tauranga City Council, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand

Tauranga means ‘safe anchorage’ in Māori and while the sparkling harbour and magnificent views make it a great place to relax and recharge, there’s also plenty to keep you busy. Tauranga is the largest city in the Coastal Bay of Plenty and is home to approximately 140,000 people. The sprawling city is virtually surrounded by water -but city centre has a totally different look and feel to its neighbour Mount Maunganui just across the harbour bridge. Let’s stop in town and have a look at what is different.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Tauranga, Tauranga, Bay of Plenty Region, North Island

We cross over the harbour bridge from Mount Maunganui to Tauranga City. Unfortunately the waterfront has just begun a major makeover which means we are no longer able to visit Hairy Maclary and his Friends. Characters in a series of children's picture books created by New Zealand author and illustrator Dame Lynley Dodd. So instead we will we stop close by and view the carved monuments (Pou) which represent a cluster of the stars known in Maori culture as Matariki - which today is celebrated throughout New Zealand.

Duration: 5 minutes

Pass By: The Elms, 15 Mission Street, Tauranga 3110 New Zealand

The Elms | Te Papa Tauranga, one of New Zealand's oldest heritage sites. As a place of early contact between Māori and Pākehā, this historic site remains at the centre of Tauranga’s history and identity today. Encompassing a category one listed heritage buildings and nationally significant collections – all set within a diverse and tranquil garden setting. We will stop outside this property and learn some of its history. Entry is not inclusive to our tour.

Stop At: Gate Pa Memorial Reserve, Gate Pa School 900 Cameron Road, Tauranga 3112 New Zealand

WE stop to visit one of the major Memorial sites on the region. The Battle was called "Battle of Gate Pa". On 29 April Lieutenant-General Duncan Cameron ordered an attack upon Pukehinahina, commencing with an artillery barrage. Once shelling was seen to have breached the front palisade, an infantry assault followed. British assault parties broke through the palisades, engaging with concealed Māori who fired from a network of underground trenches. The British attackers suffered heavy casualties and soon retreated. A follow-up assault was equally unsuccessful.

During the night, British soldiers lying wounded in the field were tended by Māori, notably Hēni Te Kiri Karamū, a young woman from the pā. Most of the Māori escaped during the night. When the British resumed their assault next day, they found that the pā had been abandoned. Thirty-five British regulars died during the engagement and 75 were wounded.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Minden Lookout, Minden Road, Tauranga New Zealand

One of the most scenic locations in Tauranga, possibly Bay of Plenty, is the Minden Lookout. A scenic viewpoint overlooking the city and beyond. It is 286 metres high, and offers a sweeping panorama of the city as a whole. From Tauranga to Mount Maunganui and as far as the eye can see. This is a great photo opportunity of the region and your cruise ship.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: McLaren Falls Park, 190 McLaren Falls Road, Tauranga New Zealand

McLaren Falls Park is 190-hectares of parkland set alongside Lake McLaren. One of the highlights of the park is the waterfall track where you can see glow worms after dusk. Today we will enjoy a short, easy stroll along the edge of the stream to the picturesque waterfall. Enjoy the coolness of our native forest and learn some Rongoā – medicinal use of plants used by Maori.

After our walk you will get to taste local grown kiwifruit and honey's. Followed by a cuppa and a muffin / slice.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Kiwifruit New Zealand, 81 Girven Road, Mount Maunganui 3116, New Zealand

If time permits we will stop at a Kiwifruit Orchard.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Mount Maunganui, Mount Maunganui, Tauranga, Bay of Plenty Region, North Island

Your tour will end back at Mount Maunganui - either be dropped off at your ship or in the main street to peruse the shops.

Duration: 5 minutes

Informacion Adicional
"Not wheelchair accessible"
"Please wear comfortable clothing, walking shoes"
"Stroller accessible"
"Service animals allowed"
"Please bring sun protection"
"Near public transportation"
"Pricing is per person"
"There is some walking involved - optional"
"Infant seats available"
"Most travelers can participate"
"This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund"
"This tour/activity will have a maximum of 18 travelers"
"Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability"

Hora de Inicio: 10:00 AM
Duración: 4 Hours
Lugar de comienzo: Salisbury Avenue & The Mall, Salisbury Ave & The Mall, Mount Maunganui 3116, New Zealand

Cancelaciones y devoluciones: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start time of the experience.


  • Driver/guide
  • Live commentary on board
  • Transport by private vehicle
  • Port pickup and drop-off
  • Worry-free Shore Excursion Guarantee
  • Free Ice cream
  • Coffee and/or Tea - Enjoy tea/ cofee and freshly baked muffin at cottage cafe.

No Incluye

  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks, unless specified


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