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Shore Excursion: Local Tasting Tour from Tauranga
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Shore Excursion: Local Tasting Tour from Tauranga

By Tauranga Tasting Tours
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Ages 18-99, max of 14 per group
Duration: 6h 30m
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Live guide: English
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  • Wine & Beer tastings
  • Driver/guide
  • Light Lunch & Dessert
  • Cocktail
  • Entry/Admission - Mount Maunganui
  • Entry/Admission - Te Puna
  • Entry/Admission - Katikati
What's not included
  • Additional food and drinks not specified


Start:Multiple pickup locations offered.
    Pickup details
    • We pick up from the Port of Tauranga, the Tauranga airport & local accommodation. At the Port of Tauranga we will meet you at the port gate; your name will be held up on a placard. This tour does not operate on Monday.
    Hotel pickup offered
    During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included hotels.
      Airport pickup offered
      During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included airports.
      • Tauranga Airport, Tauranga New Zealand
      Port pickup offered
      During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included ports.
      • The Port of Tauranga
      End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

        • Wheelchair accessible
        If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 17888P1

        • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
        • Minimum age is 18 years
        • Most travellers can participate
        • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travellers

        • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

        How much is Shore Excursion: Local Tasting Tour from Tauranga?
        Shore Excursion: Local Tasting Tour from Tauranga price starts from $191.40. Discover and book Shore Excursion: Local Tasting Tour from Tauranga on Tripadvisor
        What is the Shore Excursion: Local Tasting Tour from Tauranga cancellation policy?
        Shore Excursion: Local Tasting Tour from Tauranga cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book Shore Excursion: Local Tasting Tour from Tauranga on Tripadvisor
        Which company provides Shore Excursion: Local Tasting Tour from Tauranga?
        Shore Excursion: Local Tasting Tour from Tauranga is hosted by Tauranga Tasting Tours. Read reviews, discover additonal experiences or contact Tauranga Tasting Tours on Tripadvisor. Discover and book Shore Excursion: Local Tasting Tour from Tauranga on Tripadvisor
        How much time do I need for Shore Excursion: Local Tasting Tour from Tauranga?
        On average, this experience will take approximately 6h 30m. Discover and book Shore Excursion: Local Tasting Tour from Tauranga on Tripadvisor

        If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 17888P1

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        Itinerary
        • You'll get picked up
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        • 1
          Port of Tauranga Ltd
          Stop: 15 minutes
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        • 2
          The Rising Tide
          Stop: 60 minutes - Admission included
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        • 3
          White House Te Puna
          Stop: 90 minutes - Admission included
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        • 4
          The Wine Portfolio Ltd.
          Stop: 60 minutes - Admission included
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        • 5
          Tauranga
          Stop: 60 minutes
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          Pass by
          Mt Maunganui Main Beach
        • You'll return to the starting point
        About the operator
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        • Tauranga Tasting Tours
          97
          Tauranga, New Zealand
          Joined in February 2011
        • E2936RXlisas
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Kiwis!
          My husband and I had a fantastic day with Paul going to the Waitomo Caves and Kiwi House! Both stops were beyond our expectations. The day was well planned with a stop for lunch and a little wander around town.
          Written 29 March 2024
        • 228traceyf
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Fabulous tour of Waitomo Caves & Kiwi House! Highly recommend!
          Fabulous tour with Paul (owner of Tauranga Tasting Tours) .. Paul took us to the Waitomo Caves and the Kiwi House. The tour was extensive and Paul was professional and so knowledgeable! We loved the tour to see the glowworms and we even got to see a Kiwi bird at the sanctuary (very exciting because these birds are nocturnal and very elusive!). We had a wonderful day and highly recommend this tour company!
          Written 24 November 2023
        • bonniep901
          0 contributions
          3.0 of 5 bubbles
          All good but for the tour guide
          The tour was pretty good but for the unnecessary commentary from our guide Paul. He was especially harsh when describing properties now owned by The Māori and how they've done nothing with it 'as usual'. I personally did not appreciate his negative slant on the entire Māori population. He should have kept his predudices to himself. It was a real spoiler for us. The places he took us to , the caves, the Kiwi House and the honey producer were great, however his lunch spot was seedy with exceptionally poor service. I would not recommend this tour with this particular guide. Time for him to retire.
          Written 26 March 2023
        • T5184LFkates
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Amazing experience
          Excellent day on. Paul, thank you so much for the tour! The Waitomo cave is incredible! It was an informative conversation and a pleasant journey!
          Written 24 February 2023
        • Fiorenzo B
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Great experience 😊
          Great experience! It was also very relaxing traveling throught the countryside. Paul, our guide/chauffeur, is a very kind person and he gave plenty of informations to us. Thank you Paul.
          Written 1 November 2022
        • Fearless12468823322
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Kati Kati and Waihi Foodie Tour - Gourmand Gallavants
          What a fun day out with like minded people. We visited a wide variety of artisans who happily shared the knowledge and back stories. We got to taste, cheese, Macadamias, wine,chocolate and a great lunch at a seaside cafe. We discovered people and food not generally known, even to the locals. Would go again.
          Written 9 December 2021
        • bernadette320
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Gallivanting Gourmet Tasting Tour Mt Maunganui and Tauranga
          The. Company is owner operated by Lyn and Paul, both of whom were a pleasure to deal with. The tour was 10 people which made if feel more like a group of friends rather than just a number on bigger tours. We were picked up from and returned to our home and because there were two of us we got a discount. First part of call was Elspeths Bakery where we sat under a pohutokowa tree and sampled cream and jam scones and Danish pastry. Then it was off to the Crossing to visit Pepper and me and Tauranga Hemp Farm at both venue we had samples and a talk - very enjoyable. Then it was off to lunch decorated with edible flowers at Bloom Cafe in Decor Garden Centre, Bethlehem - lunch was delicious and afterwards we had a tour of the garden and a talk about growing veg and herbs which produced edible flowers. Next stop Cider O in Te Puna where we sampled the different varieties of cider, fortunately Paul knows about wine tasting so was able to tell us how to taste them so we got full benefit. Then it was off to Vetro on 3rd Ave for more tasting of interesting, unusual foods. The tour lasted roughly 8 hours from pick up to drop off and it was an extremely nice way to spend my birthday on the first day of summer. So thank you Paul for a wonderful day and maybe on the next tour we take we will meet your wife Lyn. Thank you for checking vaccination status I really appreciated that. I have posted some photos and we will definitely be back for other tours. Highly recommend this company.
          Written 1 December 2021
        • GKimb
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Excellent tour!
          We had a wonderful day exploring the Waitomo glow worm caves, kiwi sanctuary and the countryside of the Tauranga area. Our guide Bron was great. She is very informative and makes sure you get to see everything you want....including Hokey Pokey ice cream! Our tour was almost 7 hours long but the time flew as we enjoyed every minute of it. We would highly recommend this tour and company!
          Written 11 March 2020
        • sheldon g
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Great tour to see Tauranga
          The Rotorua Cultural and Geothermal Experience tour was a lot of fun. Seeing geysers, boiling lakes and a Maori cultural village with a very entertaining show were interesting and fun. Paul, our tour guide was very helpful, and extremely informative. For someone who has only a brief time to spend in the Tauranga area, this tour provides an excellent overview of the New Zealand native culture, and its unique topography.
          Written 22 February 2020
        • Robert W
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Waitomo Caves and Kiwi House
          We chose to book this tour via Viator rather than through Viking Orion. In fact Viking did not offer a true tour of the glow worm caves. We found the tour guide, who is also the owner of Tauranga Tasting Tours, Paul just fabulous. We were in a small SUV (A very private personal tour) and rode throughout the very beautiful New Zealand Farmland (Though brown from drought). We saw many different items and Paul had significant knowledge of the Maori culture, the farm and dairy industry, Kiwi birds and fruit, glow worms, hydro power and Tauranga industry. This tour is a must. The glow worms were worth the long trip (About 2- 2 1/2 Hours). The tour was very nice. The caves are well guided and the worms were/are beautiful. We did see the pair of Kiwis in their nocturnal habitat. We had to move quickly to meet our cruise times, so we couldn't dally. We also ate local food for lunch that was quite interesting and good. This is a perfect reason why to book outside of the cruise line. The tour was priced better than most tours by Viking and was truly awesome.They got us back in plenty of time to re-embark as well. I cannot say enough good things about Paul.
          Written 8 February 2020
        • william f
          0 contributions
          4.0 of 5 bubbles
          Better than expected
          The concert was entertaining and explained some of the Maori culture. The performers seemed to enjoy what they were doing especially when the guests performed the haka under their direction. A truly enjoyable hour. The thermal springs were interesting but was crowded as a large tour bus unloaded at about the same time as we arrived. Kiwis were hiding and we failed to see any. Over all worth the $.
          Written 23 November 2019
        • Robert C
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Fantastic Tour
          Bron, our guide, met us right at the port and took us to the Waitomo Caves and on the way pointed out local sights. From there we went to The Kiwi House where we were lucky enough to spot 2 Kiwis. It was an excellent all day tour and we returned to the ship in a timely fashion.
          Written 9 November 2019
        • Jason W
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Fantastic Tour
          My Partner and I had two fantastic Days with Paul on the Tours. We went to Waitomo and Rotorua. Paul is a font of local knowledge and gave a fantastic commentary during the tours. I cannot recommend these guys highly enough!
          Written 3 August 2019
        • SuzieQ040
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Informative & great day tour option
          Paul was friendly, polite & informative for our shore excursion tour. He was patient & considerate of everyone in the group.Took the time to explain different aspects of culture & pointed out many sights. Definitely recommend this tour!
          Written 3 April 2019
        • pdanaher
          0 contributions
          5.0 of 5 bubbles
          Excellent full day
          We were met at the wharf and continued with a comprehensive history of the area. Along the way we visited a Kiwi Fruit farm with sample tastings, the old Hydro plant before getting to the geothermal. Our timing was perfect and our driver was able to get to the geyser while still active. We were then conducted throughout the area culminating with the Maori Experience.
          Written 24 March 2019
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        Franelli1
        Harrington, Australia212 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        What a fabulous day we had with Paul, his guided tour was exceptional. Showing us around Mt Manganui and Tauranga was very informative. With it being Kiwi fruit picking season, we saw them being loaded at the port, he showed us a kiwi fruit farm and explained how it all works. Onto the craft brewery where we had a tasting paddle, very nice beer, cider and gin. After visiting a lookout we had a 2 course lunch at the White House restaurant, fabulous food. Went to the only winery and was privileged to be able to have a taste of 8 wines. Back into Tauranga we stopped for a dessert and cocktail. A great way to end our tour. I highly recommend a day out with this company
        Written 23 March 2024
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        Martina W
        Tauranga, New Zealand5 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Dec 2021 • Friends
        We did wine testing and cider factory for our friends leaving party. Lyn and Paul were great! Paul had awssome knowledge about wine and was very nice to talk to. We were prety loud girls, but he didn't mind. Great experience for anyone! When my family will come over from Európe i will definitely book this tour again! Highly recommend! Thank you!
        Tina and girls ;-)
        Written 30 December 2021
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        Thanks so much for taking the time to write a review. Paul thoroughly enjoyed his time with you, & we're glad the tour lived up to your expectations. Happy New Year!
        Written 2 January 2022
        This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

        Rik H
        Cairns84 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Nov 2017 • Couples
        A personalised tour by this company saw just my wife and I and this extremely affable tour guide back after an illness.
        If this guy was ill then it didn’t show ,he was a great hoste and showed us a great time through breweries epwineries ,great lunch out to mention but a few.
        We couldn’t have asked for a better day out visiting the spots of Tauranga and Mount Maunganui.
        Written 13 November 2017
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        Thanks so much for your review. We really appreciate your positive comments & are pleased the day was one you enjoyed. Paul loves sharing his enthusiasm for our local venues & products with interested & interesting clients whose company he appreciates!
        Written 14 December 2017
        This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

        David
        Madrid, Spain9 contributions
        3.0 of 5 bubbles
        Jan 2023
        The tour guide was very knowledgeable about wine but also very opinionated to the point of being offensive. The restaurant was wonderful, but the beer stop and cocktail/dessert stops were awful. We were very disappointed.
        Written 14 January 2023
        This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
        We’re disappointed that you didn’t enjoy your day & rather surprised, as we rarely get bad reviews for this tour, as previous reviews demonstrate. Many comment that the excursion is the highlight of their cruise-tours. We really welcome constructive criticism, but this review, unfortunately, gives few specifics on which to work & improve, which is disappointing & unhelpful. Reading between the lines, perhaps a personality clash is apparent?
        Written 16 January 2023
        This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

        Sandra W
        Canada137 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Feb 2018 • Friends
        We booked a private Wine Tasting Tour with Paul Marston rather than a cruise shore excursion.The cost was similar to the cruise line but was for a longer day with food and wine included. Paul is an excellent driver and guide. We learned so much about the Bay of Plenty and surrounding area. We visited Mills Reef Winery for a most enjoyable tasting including a antipasto type platter. This was followed by a tasting at Leveret Estates where the sparkling wines that Judy poured were particularly enjoyable. Lastly, we traveled to the Karangahake Winery (I think formerly Ohinemeri Estate). A food platter and wine tastings were provided by Chantelle, the new owner of the winery. Along the way we stopped at a kiwi and a avocado farm. Paul was accommodating when our cruise ship schedule was altered. We highly rate this tour and would recommend it to others.
        Written 28 February 2018
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        Thank you for taking the time to write a comprehensive & complimentary review. We're very pleased you liked your exclusive tour, which was a little different from our usual Local Tasting Tour. Paul very much enjoyed yuor company.
        Written 1 March 2018
        This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

        carib_dvr
        8 contributions
        4.0 of 5 bubbles
        Operator was very willing to work with out cruise ship schedule but it caused 39 min of backtracking and it wasn’t entirely clear why the lunch could not have been done before the beer and thus avoided the backtrack. Or possibly lunch at a different place but honestly lunch was one of the best we have had so I don’t think that is a good idea. Wine was good but not outstanding.
        Written 21 January 2024
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        It's always difficult to fit venue opening times with cruise-ship time parameters. We occasionally have to change the venue order slightly to ensure all venues are covered. Thank you for your review. We will take your comments on board.
        Written 21 January 2024
        This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

        Jerry L
        Snoqualmie, WA122 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        As promised, we were met at the port gate by our guide, Paul Marston. As we were the only ones, we rode in Paul's beautifully maintained Toyota Crown. While disappointing that there was only one winery in the area, Paul had a full day scheduled. We started with a drive to see the area, highlighted by a high elevation lookout point, which showed off the huge port. Then a nice beer and cider tasting, followed by lunch at a marina. Full meal and drink, delicious. Then, the visit to Leveret winery. As a former wine industry employee, Paul gave an informative tasting from bubbles to reds, 8 wines, I believe. Then, back to the marina, where we enjoyed a treat and cocktail. Paul was easy and talk with and the day passed quickly. Kudos to his quick response to return my prescription eyeglasses in forgot in the car before we sailed away.
        Written 23 January 2023
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        So glad you enjoyed your day, despite our usual lunch venue being unavailable. Thank you for taking the time to write this review. We're pleased that you received your glasses!
        Written 31 January 2023
        This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

        Daibrial
        3 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Apr 2022 • Couples
        Paul was an excellent guide! A Well paced day, with great quality food, wine, beer and cider throughout!
        Written 16 April 2022
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        Thanks so much for your review. We are so pleased the day was to your liking. Paul really appreciated your company & having an enjoyable day with you.
        Written 23 October 2022
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        Kevin C
        2 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Feb 2020
        We booked the Tour through Trip Advisor rather than on the Ship We were met outside the gate at Tauranga at 10am as planned and returned the the ship before any deadline 4.30pm.Paul our host was brilliant he had great wine knowledge and was a character when we visited the first winery we had a food platter for 2 that was to die for along with the wine tasting and the second winery the wines host was excellent and to finish off we had a tour of Tauranga and a cocktail and a wonderful dessert at the newly renovated old Post Office
        Written 6 February 2020
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        Thank you so much for this comprehensive & complimentary review. We revamped our Local Tasting Tour when a couple of our venues closed, . We took heed of suggestions previous clients had made. We're very pleased that you liked the new format. Paul thoroughly enjoyed the company & input of your group & we appreciate you taking the time to write this review.
        Written 7 February 2020
        This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

        elaineebrey
        Papamoa, New Zealand2 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        My husband and I went on this tour around Tauranga Sept 2018, Paul our tour guide was absolutely fantastic, it was a great day, well recommended to everybody! Thank you Paul.... From Chris & Elaine
        Written 29 September 2018
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