Was aptly named by Captain Cook on his inaugural navigation of New Zealand. Tauranga being the heart of the Bay of Plenty, is NZ’s best kept secret destination and we can offer you an extensive mix of sights and attractions, pristine white sandy beaches, arts & crafts, history, culture, fine food and wines.
In Maori mythology – Tane, the God of the forest explains how 800 years ago they used the many gifts of nature to help aid and support human wellness. So lets enter and explore the wonders of a ‘virtual beehive’ and learn the fascinating facts about bees their community and the properties of NZ Manuka honey and how Maori mythology all works together for good.
Home of our robust Kiwifruit industry. Take the opportunity to ride the kiwi kart around the orchard, taste the fruit of both green & gold varieties, the nectar/juice, wines & liqueurs & natural preserves of jam & chutney. Discover why all the good things grow so well in this region.
This is your next stop where you hop out and put your feet in the pristine white sandy beach and watch the surf roll in. An idyllic seaside resort which is sophisticated , yet relaxed. Now it’s time for some local fresh fish & chips for lunch.
High above the city of Tauranga we go so that you can enjoy the panoramic view of the Bay before we head across the pasture land to your next stop.
170 hectares of pastoral and horticultural parkland set alongside Lake McLaren. This park abounds with a diverse range of specimen tree species & bird-life. You now have the opportunity to walk into our native bush to a beautiful waterfall. This park & lake was proudly dedicated to the local people back in 1982 , prior to this it was a Hydro Electric damn site.
No visit to the Bay is complete until you have visited the local award winning winery. Mills Reef Winery was established in 1989 by the Preston family. Through commitment and dedication to excellence, Mills Reef has established itself as one of New Zealand’s premium wine brands with a particular reputation for outstanding Bordeaux varietal reds and Syrah from the Gimblett Gravels, Hawkes Bay. Not to mention the beautiful grounds surrounding this outstanding winery.
Then its back to Rotorua via the alternate route where you can enjoy some lovely forest & farmland.