Bay of Plenty Explorer
Book for yourself or your group!
Our new Day in the Bay tour will show you all the sights and tastes of our city and region. From stunning beaches, hilltop look outs, historic buildings and battle sites, plus sample fresh local fish n chips, kiwifruit, honey and other products. You will see why Captain James Cook aptly named this place The Bay Of Plenty.
Tour outline: (the order of stops may change on the day of the tour)
Our full day "Day in the Bay" tour will let you experience what makes the Bay of Plenty tick and why its one of New Zealand's most popular and fastest growing regions.
- Admire the harbour and beaches of Mount Maunganui that draw so many tourists to the Bay as we drive by million-dollar beachfront homes, taking time at the memorial cenotaph to explain the significance of ANZAC day.
- For history buffs we travel past the old Monmouth Fort and the Elms Mission Station - one of New Zealand's most important historic buildings. Learn about the New Zealand Wars and the Battle of Gate Pa - fought between the British forces and local Maori right here in Tauranga in the 1860's.
- We visit a local honey shop where you can taste honey (including the incredible Manuka variety), see the bees in action and do some shopping for souvenirs before heading out past kiwifruit and avocado orchards and alongside the beautiful Wairoa River to a panoramic viewpoint.
- The highlight for many is our FREE Fish and Chips lunch on the fishing wharf. You also have spare time here to explore the Tauranga waterfront and perhaps check out the Hairy Maclary statue.
- After lunch we head out to the main kiwifruit growing area of Te Puke to Kiwifruit Country for a short tour of the orchards on their Kiwi Karts. You'll have time to taste many of their kiwifruit products, buy an ice-cream or other refreshments and browse their small gift shop.
- Next is the small ocean side settlement of Maketu, a place of special historical significance to both the Maori and European settlers. Here the waka (canoe) of the Te Arawa tribe landed here from Polynesia over 800 years ago. Around 200 years ago traders from Europe also arrived to set up business in the district, the start of Tauranga.
- Leaving Maketu we then travel through the residential area of Papamoa, to see the new developments which are making this region New Zealand's fastest growing. It is then back along the beachfront to the cruise ship.
Cost: NZ $149 Adults
NZ $129 Child (4 to 14 )
NZ $ 89 Infants ( 0 to 3 )
Length: 7 hours
Includes: Pick up and drop off Tauranga Port
Fish N Chips lunch, Kiwifruit Orchard tour with
Tastings of Kiwi fruit, Manuka Honey
Full commentary throughout the tour
Comfortable Air conditioned vehicles