The Best of Tauranga

The Best of Tauranga
Price: $79.00
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Shore Excursion Size ? Standard
Shore Excursion Type Cultural, Scenic
Shore Excursion Duration 4 Hours
Activity Level ? Easy
Shore Excursion Leaves From ? An approximately 2 to 5 minute walk from the cruise ship pier.
Food/Beverage Provided Fish and Chips
Recommended Dress We recommend wearing comfortable seasonal clothing, sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat.
Restrictions Guests must be able to step in and out of the vehicle. Infants ages 3 and younger may attend the tour; however, due to passenger loading laws in New Zealand, all passengers (including infants) must purchase a seat for travel. Infants are not permitted to ride on a parent's lap. Parents must bring their own car seats. This tour is not wheelchair accessible. The vehicle may be able to accommodate collapsible walkers with advanced notice at the time of booking.

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.

Visit Lake McLaren and take in sights of McLaren Falls. Enjoy the scenery and one of the best arboreal collections in New Zealand. Then, 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.

On your final stop, you'll head to Bobby's Fresh Fish Market, where you will be treated to a Fish and Chips lunch. Known to many locals as THE spot to get some delicious fish and chips, enjoy a nice lunch and take in the sights as the fish market is located right on the water before boarding the coach for the short drive back over the harbor bridge to the ship.

5 Stars4.8 / 5  |  17 ReviewsReview This Tour
The Best of Tauranga
March 14, 2020
The tour was well organized and covered the highlights of the area. The guide was extremely outgoing, funny and knowledgeable. The most interesting part was the Middle Earth part where the Lord of the Rings movies were shot. Bay of Plenty views were magnificent. The guide also gave interesting info about New Zealand. Totally recommend this tour.
Reviewer: Victoria Kalinsky
4 Stars
Great tour
March 07, 2020
We had Doug as our driver/guide who we met at the arranged rendevous point at the correct time. He immediately put us at ease and his knowledge continually surprised us. He kept our interest going and at no time were we bored. We learned lots about NZ history and the economy. The scenery was spectacular and the photo opportunities good.Fish and chips were a treat and we finished our tour with some retail therapy.
Reviewer: Norman Sutherland
5 Stars
February 24, 2020
A lovely, relaxed way to see the countryside around Tauranga. Well worth the price.
Reviewer: Steve
5 Stars
Wonderful exscursion , Highly recommend
January 10, 2020
Well organized tour of beautiful beach city. lovely beaches & gorgeous scenery. Outdoor lunch @ Bobby's fish market outstanding. Really fresh fish & homemade fries. Again, all ordered in advance, very little wait & our tour guide even brought ketchup for us as none was provided.
Reviewer: Sharon Walsh
5 Stars
Wonderful tour
January 07, 2020
We really enjoyed this tour, full of mixed type of sights. We especially enjoyed the botanical gardens and at the end of the tour, our fish and chips, which were included.
Reviewer: Gordon Milne
4 Stars
The Best of Tauranga
November 10, 2019
This was a great small group tour. Our guide was fun, informative, & gave good suggestions for other stops to try.
Reviewer: Mona Abrams
5 Stars