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Tauranga Shore Excursion: 'A Day in the Bay' Tauranga Highlights with FREE lunch

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This new Day in the Bay tour will show you all the sights and tastes of Tauranga and the surrounding countryside. From stunning beaches, hilltop look outs, historic buildings and battle sites, plus sample fresh local fish and chips, kiwifruit, honey and other products. You will see why Captain James Cook aptly named this place The Bay Of Plenty.

About us:

Our team has been delivering world-class Shore Excursions for over 16 years - we have over 100 years combined tour guiding experience so you know you are in capable hands.

Travel in a modern, air conditioned vehicle with a passionate local as your host. We specialise in small groups to allow an intimate and personalised experience. Every tour is commentated from start to finish - we delight in showing off our little corner of the world. And, we guarantee to have you back to the ship on time!

What You'll Get

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Stop At: Mt Maunganui Main Beach, Marine Parade, Mount Maunganui, Tauranga New Zealand

Admire the harbour and beaches that draw so many tourists to the region. See million-dollar beachfront houses overlooking one of the nation’s best surf beaches at Mt Maunganui. Learn about the significance of ANZAC day at the memorial cenotaph.

Duration: 15 minutes

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

Learn about how the Mission shaped the formation of Tauranga as we pass by one of New Zealand’s most important historic buildings, (and Tauranga’s oldest colonial structure). Also see Monmouth Redoubt and other historical city sites.

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

Visit the scene of a fierce battle at the Gate Pa Battle Site. An important and fascinating part of Tauranga’s history – this is where British forces fought local Maori in 1864, and came off second best!

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Mossop's Honey, 761 State Highway 29 Tauriko, Tauranga 3171 New Zealand

Try some famous Manuka honey at this locally run honey business. See the hives in action and sample a honey ice cream (own cost).

Duration: 20 minutes

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

Grab a panoramic photo of the Bay of Plenty from the Minden lookout (weather permitting). On a good day you will not only be able to see your ship sitting far below in the harbour, but also the active marine volcano of White Island puffing away in the distance.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Hairy Maclary & Friends Tauranga Waterfront Sculpture, The Strand, Tauranga New Zealand

Situated on the scenic Tauranga waterfront - these colourful characters were made famous in the children's books by Lynley Dodd. This is just a short walk from our lunch stop at Bobby's Fish Market - where we stop for approximately 45 minutes to enjoy a delicious lunch of fresh fish and chips on the waterfront. This place is famous in Tauranga for having the best fish and chips around.

Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: Kiwifruit Country, 316 State Highway 33, Paengaroa 3189 New Zealand

Enjoy a tour of a working kiwifruit orchard in the heart of New Zealand's kiwifruit industry. Travel on the unique 'Kiwi Karts' to learn about this amazing fruit and it's contribution to the Bay of Plenty economy. Plus, taste kiwifruit products at the small store on site.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Papamoa Beach, Papamoa New Zealand

Leaving Maketu we first travel alongside the Maketu estuary - home to a wide variety of birdlife. We travel back through the town of Te Puke (the kiwifruit capital of the world) to Papamoa Beach. Here you will see the city of Tauranga creeping along the beachfront. We stop so you can admire Maketu peninsula to your right, and Mt Maunganui in the distance away to your left along a sweeping 30 kilometre beach. Learn about the offshore islands and hear about New Zealand's worst maritime disaster.

Duration: 45 minutes

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour is not suitable for user of mobility scooters or wheelchairs (unless very small collapsible ones) . Folding walkers/frames can usually be accommodated but passengers must be able to enter a minibus using the standard steps. You must advise us at the time of booking if you are bringing any mobility device - failure to do so may result in you not being able to take the tour.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 24 travelers
  • Experienced and professional local driver/guide
  • Air conditioned transport
  • Port pick up and drop off
  • Lunch - Fish and Chip lunch at waterfront location
  • Manuka honey tasting
  • Kiwi Kart tour of kiwifruit orchard
  • Visit to Maketu
  • Entry/Admission - Kiwifruit Country

Departure Point
4 Salisbury Avenue, Mount Maunganui, Tauranga 3116, New Zealand

Departure Time
9:30 AM

7 hours 15 minutes

Return Details
Returns to original departure point

Voucher Info
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