Sites and Bites of Tauranga and the Bay of Plenty
A tour to make all your senses sing - See… amazing scenery… Hear… The sound of the ocean and the birds in the trees. . . Smell… the fresh country and seaside air. . . Taste… the amazing produce of the region … and Feel. . . the great vibes of this fast growing regional city.
During the tour you will see:
- Stunning beaches and lush countryside
- Kiwi fruit and Avocado orchards - enjoy fruit and oil tastings of these super foods
- A live bee display and taste New Zealand Manuka honey products
- Historic and cultural sites helping to shape this fast growing region
- Tauranga City highlights including wonderful sculptures and street art
We begin with a gentle drive along Pilot Bay and view Mount Maunganui before driving along Marine Parade showcasing multi million dollar properties and sandy white beaches. I will tell you a little about the region, its history and rapid growth.
Next we visit Comvita, a major producer of Manuka Honey. See the live bees, tatse the honey products and perhaps try a unique Manuka honey ice cream.
Kiwi fruit were first cultivated here in the Bay of Plenty and avocados are huge exports for the region. Learn about their value and sample the fruits, juices and oils of these important products.
We visit the most historic beachside town in the Bay and learn why it is so important to the Maori people. Time permitting we stop for a "kiwi" lunch - Fish'n'Chips or a Meat Pie!!
Then it's back to Tauranga for city highlights, a bit of art and a chance to see the harbour before heading back over the bridge by the bustling Port and back to the ship in plenty of time before sailing.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Cruise Ship passengers: Meet me on the grass opposite the exit gates near the flag pole. I will have a sign with your name on it.
If you are staying in local accommodation, I will meet you in the lobby or reception area.
End location: I will drop you right back to the Port or your accommodation at the end of the tour.
Duration: 5 hours
Timings for the tour will vary depending on the pickup times from the Port of Tauranga or your accommodation. If we stop for lunch or you choose some of the optional activities, the tour will be a bit longer but I will work this out with you either on the day or before.
My vehicles are comfortable, modern, clean and fully air-conditioned. All vehicles are Passenger Service Vehicles and fully comply with NZ Transport regulations.
6 passenger Estima Minivan. (Best for up to 5 guests but can take 6 Adults)
8 passenger VW Caravelle (6-8 guests)
Larger mini buses and coaches are available on request.
This tour is priced for 1-5 Adults. For larger groups, please ask for a quote.
Pickup and drop off at Tauranga Port or local accommodation
Entry fees as specified
Wifi in vehicle
Fully guided tour with commentary
Estimated Local Cash Needed
20 NZD - $20 lunch plus the following optional extras:
$15 Kiwi cart orchard tour
$10 Comvita Virtual Reality Bee Hive experience
$10 Wine tasting
Any personal purchases or souvenirs.
We can add extras:
- A local winery (tasting fee applies)
- Lunch in a seaside cafe (own expense)
- A kiwi cart orchard tour (fee applies)
- Tour a virtual reality bee hive (entrance fee applies)
- I can access vehicles for up to 45 passengers. If you have a larger group, please ask me for a quote.
- All cruise ship passengers are met at the Port exit gates. Detailed meeting directions are provided.
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It was a joy to spend the day with Karen. She was fun and informative about Tauranga and the surrounding area. Would recommend her highly.