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About Tauranga

Tauranga is a Maori name, translated as resting place for canoes. Situated on a narrow peninsula and surrounded by water, Tauranga cruise destination lies within the Bay of Plenty, an area with beautiful natural harbours and endless beaches.

Highlights of Tauranga cruises include a real 'back to nature' tour of Oraka Wapiti Deer Park, Waikato Stud and Longlands Farm. Bars and restaurants are dotted along The Strand, an area ideal for strolling around. At Rotorua listen to the pulsating rhythms of a traditional Maori Haka and see the seething, bubbling cauldron of geysers and mud pits.

 

Shore excursions in Tauranga

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Highlights of Tauranga

Activity mediumRefreshments includedShopping

Duration: 4 hours

Discover the sights, scenery and history of Tauranga and visit 2 of the city’s main attractions: Kiwi Country Farm and The Elms.

Your journey will begin with a visit to The Elms, which was formerly the flourishing Te Papa Mission Station where pioneering missionary, Archdeacon Brown, introduced the Maori to Christianity, reading, writing, agricultural and domestic skills. This traditional Georgian-style building is now a museum, showcasing the lives and possessions of the 3 generations who lived within its walls from 1847-1992. The manicured grounds are characterised by a massive oak tree on the north lawn, which was grown from an acorn carried from England in 1829. As you walk round this tranquil oasis it is easy to imagine you are back in the 19th century.

From The Elms, a scenic drive will bring you to the Te Puke and Rangiuru area, the kiwifruit capital of the world and home to Kiwi Country Farm. Kiwi Country Farm celebrates the popular kiwifruit and the rich culture, which surrounds it. As you drive through the lush orchards, your guide will provide an insight into the dynamic kiwifruit Industry and the complexities of the growing process. Discover how this unique pocket of land is able to grow the world’s healthiest fruit better than anywhere in the world. Finish your visit with a tasting of the green and gold kiwifruit before enjoying refreshments of tea or coffee, chilled kiwifruit juice, freshly baked scones with kiwifruit jam and freshly whipped cream.

Before returning to the port, you’ll drive along Tauranga's lively harbour, past the impressive Maori War Canoe and around the main sights of the city.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There are 3 steps to enter The Elms and photography is restricted inside. To derive full enjoyment some walking is required.

Lake Rotoiti Kayak and Hot Thermal Pools

Activity mediumRefreshments included

Duration: 6½ hours

Kayak Lake Rotoiti and view the glow worm cave, and take a dip in the Manupirua hot thermal pools.

Setting off from the pier, enjoy a scenic drive from Tauranga to Lake Rotoiti. Upon arrival, and after a safety briefing and instruction, you’ll step aboard your 2-man kayak. As you paddle out onto the lake, admire the beautiful surrounding scenery.

You’ll paddle your way into the glow-worm cave, a little known cave with a hidden entrance around 20 metres deep. Look around and admire the bioluminescent lights of tiny glow worms.

Afterwards, you’ll paddle across to the Manupirua hot thermal pools for a well-earned break. The pools are only accessible by water and offer a unique experience. Enjoy a 30 minute soak in the pools and relax your mind, body and soul. A light snack box lunch will be offered, before paddling back to base for the return drive to Tauranga.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by bus and kayak. Participants should be competent swimmers and physically fit, and not suffer with any back problems. Pregnant women and children under eight may not participate. The drive to the Lake Rotoiti is around 1 hour each way. The kayaking will take approximately 2 hours. Please wear clothing suitable for kayaking, shorts are advised, and wear swimwear under clothes. Please take a change of clothing, a hat, sunglasses, towel and sunscreen. Water shoes are recommended, however you may be requested to remove shoes whilst in the kayak. You’ll be required to wear a life jacket. This tour operates come rain or shine, however on occasions due to high winds it may be deemed unsuitable to visit the Glow Worm Cave, and an alternative lake will be visited.

Maori Heritage and Culture

Activity lowRefreshments includedShopping

Duration: 4 hours

Join your Maori guide for a fascinating insight into the heritage, traditions and culture of the Maori people.

Travel through Tauranga to a traditional Maori Marae, a sacred outdoor space in the heart of the village. As you enter the gates of the Marae, you will be warmly greeted by the tangata whenua (local people) before being taken on a unique cultural journey through their Maori heritage and early New Zealand life. You’ll have the opportunity to enjoy an arts and crafts display of weaving clothing and baskets from local flax, also experience a typical Maori folklore performance featuring action songs, poi dances, stick games and the haka war dance.

Light refreshments will be served at the Marae, before departing for Minden Lookout, where you’ll be able to appreciate the wonderful views of the Bay of Plenty. Continuing along the scenic Matapihi and Maungatapu peninsulas you will reach Gate Pa, the site of a battle between the Maoris and the British in 1864. View the Maori War Canoe, Te Awanui, and the downtown waterfront, before returning to your ship.

Essential information

This tour will operate by coach. Walking is on flat paths and gentle slopes and is mainly at passengers’ own discretion. Comfortable, flat footwear is recommended. Passengers may be asked to remove their hats during the Maori ceremonies and photography may be restricted in certain areas.

Rotorua and the Thermal Valley

Activity mediumMeal includedShopping

Duration: 9 hours

An amazing day which includes farming displays, Maori culture and thermal wonders all set in Rotorua’s stunning surroundings.

From Tauranga, you’ll travel through the heart of the kiwi fruit country, past beautiful rugged countryside and dense forest before reaching the famous geothermal area of Rotorua.

On arrival at the Te Puia Thermal Reserve, you’ll be welcomed by a Maori guide before being led on a walk through the thermal area past bubbling mud pools, natural springs and sprouting geysers. Further along, at the Maori Model Village, you will be immersed in Maori culture as you watch the Maori carvers and weavers at work.

After a short journey, you’ll board an 8-seater aerial gondola for a leisurely scenic ride up Mount Ngongotaha to the Skyline Restaurant. As you gently ascend, you’ll be rewarded with a 180° stunning panorama of Rotorua, the surrounding geothermal areas and lakes. At the summit, enjoy a delicious buffet lunch in spectacular surroundings whilst being entertained by a Maori cultural performance. The show includes many traditional action songs, including the haka, a fierce, challenging dance, which is accompanied by a chant.

After lunch, a visit will be made to the multi-award winning Agrodome Show, where you’ll witness an exciting and unique live show featuring 19 different breeds of sheep. An interesting and entertaining commentary is given, along with displays of sheep dogs working and sheep shearing.

On the return journey, you’ll have the chance to sit back and reflect on your day’s memorable experiences.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach, gondola and on foot. There is a total of 30 minutes’ walking on level, paved paths. The journey to Rotorua is approximately 1½ hours each way. Comfortable, enclosed footwear, bottled water and a sweater are recommended.

Scenes of The Hobbit

Activity mediumRefreshments included

Duration: 5 hours

Journey through Tolkien’s middle earth to the mystical village of Hobbiton – a must see for all Hobbit fans!

Your journey to middle earth will begin with a scenic drive across the stunning Kaimai Ranges and Waikato lowlands to the agricultural town of Matamata. Matamata was chosen as the film location for director Peter Jackson’s award winning adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s ‘The Lord of the Rings’ trilogy. The movie set was completely rebuilt in amazing detail as Hobbiton village in 2010 for the filming of the 2012 star-studded adaptation of the prequel novel ‘The Hobbit’.

Follow in the footsteps of Tolkien’s legendary characters Bilbo Baggins and Gandalf the Grey, as your take a leisurely guided walk around the ten-acre site. See the locations made famous by ‘The Hobbit’ such as the Mill, Shires Rest Café, Party Tree and the Hobbit’s homes including Bag End where ‘An Unexpected Journey’ began.

After your fascinating tour, enjoy refreshments at The Green Dragon Inn, before returning to Tauranga.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. The scenic drive to the Hobbiton movie set takes approximately 1 hour. Tours will run in all weather conditions therefore comfortable, enclosed footwear and appropriate clothing are recommended. The terrain consists of grass and gravel tracks with some steep inclines and steps. The guided walk takes approximately 1½ hours. Places are limited so early pre-booking is highly recommended.

 

A selection of cruises to Tauranga

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