Your cruise ship will berth at the Port of Tauranga, a beautiful scenic harbour located in the seaside resort of Mount Maunganui.
This area is fondly referred to as the heart of the Bay of Plenty. The name given by Captain James Cook, who circumnavigated New Zealand in the Endeavour in 1769–70. Cook was alluding to the region’s abundant resources. It is one of NZ’s best kept secret destinations. This area can offer you an extensive mix of sights and attractions, pristine white sandy beaches, walks, history, culture, fine food and wines. However the surrounding areas can offer even more. Your cruise ship chooses to dock at the Port of Tauranga as it is the closest port to access the unique geothermal activity and attractions in the city of Rotorua. Over the past few years the Hobbiton Movie Set has also proved to become another one of those iconic Must See New Zealand attractions which again is accessible from Port of Tauranga.
If you’re not looking for a guided tour then you may like to rent a vehicle and visit these attractions.