Tauranga – Morning Sightseeing LT57CS


Embark on this half-day shore excursion of the beautiful bay of Tauranga with its highlights of the city and Mt Maunganui area including a stop at a scenic lookout, a tour through its historical areas, Manuka honey tastings and an included Kiwi Fish & Chips lunch.

Enjoy a taste of Tauranga! This interesting small-group tour is perfect for those who want to get a feel for how the city and local region ticks, allowing you to see places you won’t be able to explore on your own. Your local guide will ensure you have a truly great morning on this popular shore excursion.

Admire the beautiful harbour and beaches that draw so many tourists to the Bay. See million-dollar beachfront houses overlooking one of New Zealand’s best surf beaches at Mt Maunganui, all while you take your time at the Cenotaph Memorial which explains the significance of our ANZAC Day and role during WW2.

For history buffs, you’ll also travel through the older suburbs of Tauranga and past the Elms Mission Station, known for being Tauranga’s oldest colonial structure. You’ll get to learn about the New Zealand Wars, which was fought between the British forces and local Maori tribes during the 1860s. We pass the old fort of Monmouth Redoubt, before exploring the Gate Pa Battle Site – an important and fascinating part of Tauranga’s history where the British fought the local Maori and came off second best!

Relish the chance to take home some famous Manuka honey when we stop at a local honey shop where you can enjoy honey tastings, see the bees in action, and do some shopping for great locally made souvenirs. Then travel past Kiwifruit and Avocado orchards and alongside the beautiful Wairoa River on your way to a panoramic viewpoint (weather permitting). From the Minden Lookout you will be able to see a full panorama of Tauranga harbour, hundreds of orchards, the offshore islands, and even your ship berthed at the Mount Maunganui wharf far below.

The highlight for many is the final stop at Bobby’s Fresh Fish Market where a Fish and Chip lunch has been included before returning to your ship berthed at port. Alternatively, you can depart the tour here and explore Tauranga city centre on your own, with the shuttles back to the ship just a short walk away.

Activity type : Daily Activity
Activity Time : 10.00am
Maximum number of people : 50
Venue Facilities : Fully guided three hour tour with port pick up/drop off, with honey tastings and included Fish & Chips lunch.
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For your convenience, you will not be charged until the day of your tour and if your ship cancels the port visit you will not be charged at all. How good is that!

Multiple Booking Discount

Book tours in more than one port and receive a 10% discount on all subsequent bookings –  Discounts applied at time of tour confirmations.

Please note:

Tour start/finish times are general and we may adjust these times to suite your cruise ship schedule. We guarantee your return to ship on time!

Client Reviews

  • "Nice Tour Option"
    This tour was excellent. The driver was informative and funny. The views were magnificent. Plus we still had half the day left to ourselves to explore the area and have a wonderful lunch on the beach.
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  • "A Good Option"
    This tour was the perfect fit for us, not too long, but with plenty of information about the places and things we were seeing. Interesting to learn about how kiwi grow and the local culture.
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  • "Highly Recommend"
    It was more than we could have hoped for. It was a detailed view of Tauranga and lots of cultural and historic information in addition. The pace was perfect and the views were stunning! Could not recommend it highly enough
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