The Best of Tauranga
See and learn all about Tauranga on this air-conditioned bus tour taking you through its beautiful geographical highlights. An experienced guide will take you from beaches to hilltops, giving you the ultimate Kiwi experience.
The tree-covered slope of Mount Maunganui, the extinct volcanic cone known as Mauao, rises from the sandbar below. A surfer's paradise, the clear blue ocean stretches into the horizon, with whitecaps crashing along the shore of Mount Ocean beach. You may even want to walk up to the mountain summit to take in incredible views of the harbor below.
Traversing the narrow strip of land, passing the new high rise hotels and apartments, you'll reach the famous Mount Ocean beach, the site of many major surfing competitions. It is a popular spot for locals to enjoy the beachfront cafes and restaurants.
Get another glimpse of how New Zealanders live as you go by the "Marine Parade," an affluent neighborhood with views of the Pacific. After heading over the causeway, see the historic heart of Tauranga where it was first settled in 1830. Stop at the historic battle site of Gate Pa, one of New Zealand's most important battles between the Maori and British forces in 1864. The events of that day are explained by your guide and the interpretative panels as you wander along the ridge of Gate Pa.
Have a taste of Tauranga by visiting an orchard full of hardy kiwifruit vines. Enjoy beautiful farmland and bushland as you head further up into the hills. You'll have the opportunity for a beautiful panoramic shot from a lookout point of the the mountain, the harbor, and the cruise ships below.
The last stop on this Tauranga tour will be the Elms Mission Station, this is one of New Zealand's most historic buildings. One of the volunteer guides will take you on a tour of the grounds, the Mission House, and the Mission Library, some of New Zealand's oldest buildings. Then board the coach for the short drive back over the harbor bridge to the ship.
Reviewer: Deborah Mader
Colin was a wonderful tour guide, full of knowledge. Our tour of The Elms was very interesting. Colin pointed out many of the plants brought in by immigrants as well as local vegetation. The chapel here is used for weddings yet today.
Reviewer: Alan Steinharter
The tour was comprehensive. We toured the beach area and the lovely homes along the way. We visited the old Mission and toured the grounds. A very good way to get a good look at Tauranga.
Reviewer: T Choate
Great excursion. It was easy to contact the SEG guide at the beginning of the excursion,
Reviewer: Larry Schwartz
We enjoyed this excursion. What a beautiful city. Loved the stop along the beach. Thank you.
Reviewer: Jill and Brian Manton
Very interesting tour, both historically and geographically.Included a drive along the beach, visit to Gate Pa, site of Maori victory over English troops, visit to a kiwi farm with delicious fruit icecream! Ended with a visit to the Elm Mission Station, founded by CMS in the 1840s.