Entry fees & meals additional.
Departure point is outside the port main pedestrian gates. Your guide will be standing outside the exit (port gates) on the grass area holding up a sign board with your names on.
Recommended Departure Time is 10am – This is a Private tour so departure time can be amended to suit.
Tour Departure Details: We operate ALL our tours to fit in with the cruise ships arrivals and departure times. However, we recognize some ships arrival times are outside of this time-frame. If your ship is one of these which arrives later into port than the regular time stated, we ask that you disembark as soon as is possible and check in with your guide who will be waiting for you as per the above instructions.
Step off your cruise ship in the Tauranga Harbour, and join us in exploring the fun things to do in Tauranga NZ. Rather than wondering what to do in Tauranga we will take you on an extensive tour including a mix of Tauranga attractions, activities, and places, pristine white beaches, arts and crafts, history, culture, fine food and wines.
Welcome to the coastal Bay of Plenty, so aptly named by Captain Cook on his inaugural navigation of New Zealand. Tauranga, the heart of the Bay of Plenty, is NZ’s best kept secret destination.
Drive alongside the pristine beaches of Mount Maunganui before departing south to the kiwifruit capital of New Zealand. At Kiwi 360 you will have the opportunity to ride the karts, get up close to the kiwifruit vines, taste the green and gold kiwifruit, and sample the nectar, wines and liqueurs. 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.
Your next stop is a world first destination where during a hour guided tour, visitors experience new technologies that take them back in time; then into a ‘virtual beehive’ to learn the wonders of the honeybee and natures intelligence.
85 million years ago New Zealand had been isolated from the rest of the world and our forests were filled with prehistoric creatures and unique plants. Tane the God of the forest explains how 800 years ago Maori used the many gifts of nature to help aid and support human wellness. Visitors then enter and explore the wonders of the ‘virtual’ beehive’ and learn the fascinating facts about bees and the bee community.
We then head westward up into the Kaimai ranges. We take a break for lunch (own expense) at a rural café which serves fantastic fresh home baked foods.
After lunch you 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 we will venture through farmland until we reach the top of the Minden which delivers 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.