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Tauranga Tasting Tours

Tauranga, New Zealand
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About Tauranga Tasting Tours
We are a small transport company that specialises in food & wine venues. However, we can be chartered to go to venues that are not food/liquor related e.g. Shows, sports events etc. During the cruise-ship season, we travel to Rotorua's thermal delights & the Waitomo Caves. We are frequently chartered for special occasions, such as birthdays, anniversaries, Hens’ Parties etc., so that people can fit the celebration to their venue type /budget, date & number constraints. Our tours are door-to-door from within the Tauranga/Mt Maunganui/early Papamoa area. We travel out of town to Sunday Lunches approximately once a month, and provide mid-week tours. We often visit gardens & garden festivals. Our Local Tasting Tour is our most popular tour. It visits Karangahake Winery (wine presentation & shared platters)The Wine Portfolio for a wine presentation & tasting (Leveret & Mills Reef wines). We then return to Tauranga's CBD for a cocktail & dessert at Takara Restaurant.
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Martina W wrote a review Dec 2021
Tauranga, New Zealand5 contributions
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 ;-)
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Date of experience: December 2021
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Response from tastingtour, Owner at Tauranga Tasting Tours
Responded 3 weeks ago
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!
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Fearless12468823322 wrote a review Dec 2021
Tauranga, New Zealand2 contributions1 helpful vote
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.
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Date of experience: December 2021
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bernadette320 wrote a review Dec 2021
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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.
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Date of experience: December 2021
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Response from tastingtour, Owner at Tauranga Tasting Tours
Responded 2 weeks ago
Thank you so much for this comprehensive & complimentary review. It's always a challenge, with a new tour, to get things correct, so reviews help to keep us on the right track! We're pleased you enjoyed your special day & look forward to seeing you again.
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GKimb wrote a review Mar 2020
Saint John, Canada220 contributions108 helpful votes
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!
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Response from tastingtour, Owner at Tauranga Tasting Tours
Responded 4 Apr 2020
Bron always makes sure clients enjoy their day, ncluding the hokey pokey experience! We're so glad everything went well & that the day went as you would have wished it to. We appreciate your supportive review.
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sheldon g wrote a review Feb 2020
Hollywood, Florida115 contributions70 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Response from tastingtour, Owner at Tauranga Tasting Tours
Responded 4 Apr 2020
Thank you, Sheldon, for writing this complimentary & comprehensive review. We appreciate it and are very glad you found the day both informative & interesting.
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