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

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

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icon3 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
Pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds


This half-day shore excursion from New Zealand’s Bay of Plenty highlights the rural riches of the Tauranga region. Enjoy samplings of manuka honey in this tranquil corner of the North Island where rolling farmlands dot the landscape. Head into the Kaimai mountains and follow your guide on an easy walk to the waterfall at McLaren Falls Park. A maximum of 19 participants ensures a small-group experience.
  • Private sightseeing tour of Tauranga and the Bay of Plenty
  • Learn about the production of Manuka honey at Bee Hive
  • Take a walk to a waterfall in McLaren Falls Park
  • Snap photos of the Bay of Plenty from the Minden Lookout
  • Enjoy a more customized experience on a private tour
  • Covered by Viator’s worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship
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Live commentary on board
Transport by private vehicle
Port pickup and drop-off
Worry-free Shore Excursion Guarantee
Free Ice cream
Food and drinks, unless specified

Departure Point

Tauranga, Tauranga, Bay of Plenty Region, North Island

Traveler pickup is offered


  • Port of Tauranga Ltd, 2 Salisbury Avenue, Mount Maunganui 3116, New Zealand

Departure Point: Outside the Port of Tauranga main pedestrian gate. We will be standing on the grass under the flagpole with a name board. Dressed in uniform of black trousers, white shirts signed with Zealandier Tours and maybe some orange apparrel.

Departure Time

10:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
After pickup at the cruise terminal at Mount Maunganui, enjoy the ease of small-group transport into the countryside of Tauranga, passing the Bay of Plenty en route to the town of Te Puke, considered New Zealand's kiwifruit capital.

Stop at the horticultural theme park of Kiwifruit Country, which showcases the the country’s signature fruit. Then discover the healing properties of manuka honey and taste a variety of products at the Bee Hive, where you’ll go behind the scenes to witness the bees at work. Your 5-hour tour continues through the Kaimai mountain range, stopping for lunch at a country cafe (own expense). 

In the afternoon, take a guided bush walk past native trees at McLaren Falls Park, and snap photos of its namesake waterfall tumbling through boulders in the river. Returning to Tauranga via the top of the Minden lookout, stop for a scenic glimpse over the Bay of Plenty before you’re driven along the inner harbor and back to the cruise port.

Worry-free Shore Excursion:We will ensure your timely return to the Tauranga port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.
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Zealandier Tours
Are you wondering what you can do in this port of Tauranga? 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 close by and have your lunch on board? Maybe you have travelled to Rotorua on a previous visit and you are looking for something new to discover? Step off your cruise ship and join us in exploring some of the fun things which makes Tauranga, the Bay of Plenty. You will 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 and /or the Bay. The coastal Bay of Plenty, so aptly named by Captain Cook on his inaugural navigation of New Zealand, has plenty for everyone to enjoy, with Tauranga at its heart it really is New Zealand's best kept secret destination. We meet you outside the port’s main pedestrian gates, begin your journey as we drive alongside the pristine inner harbour toward an impressive volcanic lava dome caused by the upwelling of rhyolite lava over millions of years and is commonly known as the Mount but officially called Mauao by local Maori. Maori people are the indigenous Polynesian people of New Zealand. Māori originated from eastern Polynesia, arrived in several canoe voyages sometime between 1250 and 1300. Over several centuries the Polynesian settlers developed a unique culture, with their own language, mythology, and distinctive crafts and performing arts. Early Māori formed tribal groups based on eastern Polynesian social customs and organisation. Horticulture flourished using plants they introduced; and much later, a prominent warrior culture emerged. Mauao was homeland to several tribes on their original arrivals and is held with great esteem today. You will traverse across the narrow isthmus to what is called the main beaches of Mount Maunganui - a prestigious seaside resort. The Pacific Ocean spreads before you, as far as your eyes can see - with 22kms of white sandy beaches, rolling surf and million-dollar properties - this region certainly commands your attention. We will then depart the ocean taking us across the harbour bridge to the city centre. Tauranga constituted as a city in 1963 and is the centre of the fifth largest urban area in New Zealand. Boasting a population of 137,900, making it one of New Zealand's main centres for business, international trade, culture, fashion and horticultural science. The Port of Tauranga is New Zealand's largest port in terms of gross export tonnage and efficiency and Tauranga is one of New Zealand's fastest growing cities. I will show you some of the cities culture, arts and historic sites, relating both to Maori & early European. Next we will introduce you to New Zealand bees and the famous Manuka honey. You will get to taste this honey which is used for medicinal purposes in many countries around the world and it has become another large export earner for the region. You can peruse the gift shop or try a honey ice-cream should you wish. Next is a brief stop and introduction to our Kiwifruit industry. 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. We then head westward up into the Kaimai ranges to 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 if time permits - we will venture through farmland until we reach our high vantage point to capture 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. Tour Highlights 3.5 Hours with a small group – guaranteed to see plenty. • Idyllic seaside resort of Mount Maunganui • Interesting city centre • Historic Landmarks - The Elms Mission station, • Maori Battle grounds, to name but a few sights. • Beautiful rose gardens, • Bronze statues of Hairy McLary & his friends, • Taste local honey & kiwifruit, • Walk in native rainforest. • Beautiful Waterfalls • Impressive Photo Opportunities
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Please wear comfortable clothing, walking shoes
  • Please bring sun protection
  • Pricing is per person
  • There is some walking involved - optional
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 19 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Zealandier Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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Good Day Out
, Mar 2020
Very enjoyable and informative. We had previously done a tour around Tauranga but this was good value and we could appreciate the area more. Could have done with a coffee break
True reflection of the area
, Mar 2020
Excellent and never let down by Viator and their operators. Met on time, great driver, and itinerary.
Tauranga Shore Excursion: Small-Group Bay of Plenty and Tauranga Tour
, Feb 2020
Turns out we were the only 2 people to book the tour and this day and the tour was not cancelled. Many thanks to Steve for the customized tour.
Informative and good value
, Feb 2020
A very informative tour that gave a very good overview of Tauranga. Just enough time to see things and good value.
The tour was beautiful , the guide was...
Friedrich O
, Feb 2018
The tour was beautiful , the guide was great and very knowingly
This was a great trip and we...
, Feb 2017
This was a great trip and we thoroughly enjoyed the countryside and our driver was excellent. Jan joined us as sat and enjoyed a coffee and the tour of the kiwi orchard and bees was extremely interesting. Travelling the countryside with something who knows and enjoys the area is wonderful I would highly recommend this trip to any one going to New Zealand. Tks Jan
Great itinerary. Very friendly and...
, May 2016
Great itinerary. Very friendly and knowledgeable tour guide and driver.
Loved this small group tour! Was...
Marjorie N
, Mar 2016
Loved this small group tour! Was able to get a personal tour of Kiwi 360 Experience with the owner of the farm. The honey plant was interesting and different.
Found out more about the area with a...
, Mar 2016
Found out more about the area with a very friendly driver.
Easy meet up with guide who was...
Mary B
, Dec 2015
Easy meet up with guide who was proud to show us the Bay of Plenty area. Fascinating tour of the kiwi fruit farm and the honey processing operation. Educational and informative. Had lunch at a small family café. Very good. The guide took us to McClaren sic Falls state park. On the return trip to ship our guide explained the Maori tribes histories and shared some interesting looks at how they live today. Good small group tour.

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