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Half Day Small-Group Tauranga Scenic Tour from Port

  • Learn about the region and its attractions from your guide
  • On this small group tour, you won’t have to fight for your guide’s attention
  • Sample some of Comvita and Kiwifruit Country’s signature products
Half Day Small-Group Tauranga Scenic Tour from Port
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Half Day Small-Group Tauranga Scenic Tour from Port
From US$54.74
It can be tough to explore the Bay of Plenty from a cruise ship; this half-day scenic tour takes away some of the difficulty. Drive around Pilot Bay and take in grand views of Tauranga Harbour, Matakana Island and the extinct volcano Mauao, a significant site to local Māori. Enjoy the sights at Mount Maunganui’s popular Main Beach, then drive inland to Paengaroa and visit Comvita, a world-famous honey producer.
What to Expect
After meeting your guide just outside the port gate at 10am, you will depart along Pilot Bay where you can see the great views across Tauranga Harbor to the city, and inner reaches of the harbor and Matakana Island. Pass Mauao, the iconic landmark of this area where you can see evidence of the early Maori settlements around the base of the mountain, and hear the Maori legend of how Mauao got his name.

As you pass by Mauao, you will arrive at one of New Zealands most popular beaches, "The Mount Main Beach," home of many major surfing competitions, beach volleyball  and a popular spot for locals and visitors to enjoy the beach front cafes and restaurants. Continue along the very affluent Marine Parade where some of New Zealand's most expensive homes are located, along with some stunning examples of the native Pohutukawa tree.  When you see the view out across the Pacific Ocean, you will realize why this is such a popular summer holiday destination.  

Leaving Tauranga, you will head east towards Comvita the home of the honey bee and world famous Manuka honey. Hear the story behind one man's passion to blend nature, health and wellness together. Sample some of the many products available for purchase and used around the world.  Learn how they support and benefit our health. There's time to purchase a delicious Manuka Honey ice cream before you head to our next destination. 

A short drive will take you to Kiwifruit Country where you can walk right under the Kiwifruit vines.  You will hear about the industry sample kiwifruit, juices, jams, chutneys and ice cream, or pick up a memento of your visit to the orchard. Finally, it’s a brief stop at an Avocado orchard before we head back to your ship via Tauranga city for a great photo opportunity of your ship and Mount Maunganui before you head back over the harbor bridge.
Reviews (23)
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile
The essence of Carol

My husband and I had the pleasure of meeting Carol on our tour of Tauranga on 9th November. From my first email to Carol, to saying ‘See You Later’ at the end of our tour we experienced the very essence of Carol and her passion...More

Thank RobandShell
Carol R, Owner at Wicked Wanders, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Hello Michelle and Rob, thank you so much for taking the time to write a wonderful review. Your words are very humbling. I am so glad you enjoyed your day and you certainly managed to get some great pictures of what there is to do...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Great half-day Tauranga tour from port

From booking over the internet from Australia pre cruise, meeting us at the port, through to saying goodbye, Carol was a very professional, friendly and knowledgable host. Finding Carol once we got off the ship was easy and as we got started we were each...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank JAV J
Carol R, Owner at Wicked Wanders, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Hi Jacqui and Brentyn. Its great to hear that you arrived home safely and your jacket not to many days afterwards:) Thank you so much for your kind words and time spent writing them. Our day spent together was lovely and I am so glad...More

Reviewed 30 October 2018
Tauranga Half Day Tour

Tired of the crowded tourist areas via crowded tourist buses, I decided to take the Small Group Tour. Carol was a wonderful guide, showing us city sites that others in my travel group envied. Then we went out to see the Manuka honey bees &...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank lyndap275
Carol R, Owner at Wicked Wanders, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hello Lynda, thankyou for taking the time to share your thoughts on the Tauranga Scenic Sampler tour. I am so glad you enjoyed your day and that I was able to help you make, and take home some lasting memories. The Kiwifruit icecream does hit...More

Reviewed 13 December 2017 via mobile
Exploring Tauranga

We had a fabulous time with Carol as our guide. She is a wealth of information, funny and showed us so many wonderful sites. We had a packed few hours with Carol at the kiwi farm, the honey farm, views over Tauranga, and various historical...More

Thank Nancy C
Carol R, Owner at Wicked Wanders, responded to this reviewResponded 1 February 2018

Hello Nancy Thankyou so much for your kind words. I thoroughly enjoyed having you on board and having the privilege to show you around our wonderful little corner of the world. I always strive to make our visitors feel welcome and at home. One of...More

Reviewed 18 November 2017

our group of ten people toured the area of tauranga when we stopped there on a recent cruise. the tour guide, carol, gave clear instructions where to meet, and she helped craft a tour that catered to our wishes. we were comfortable in her clean...More

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank fbokma
Carol R, Owner at Wicked Wanders, responded to this reviewResponded 23 November 2017

Hello fbokma and fellow travellers from Idaho. Thankyou so much for your kind words and the time you have taken to write them, it is appreciated. I thoroughly enjoyed taking you all out and showing you the sights of Tauranga and Rotorua whilst you were...More

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