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  • Location:Tauranga, New Zealand
  • Duration:5 hours (approx.)

Tauranga Shore Excursion: Small-Group Bay of Plenty and Tauranga Tour

Explore New Zealand’s Tauranga region when your cruise ship docks in the Bay of Plenty. Your shore excursion highlights the rolling farmland, gourmet produce, wines and wildlife of this tranquil corner of New Zealand, proving there's plenty for everyone to enjoy in the Bay of Plenty! With a maximum of 19 participants, this tour provides a fun-filled small-group experience.


  • Small-group sightseeing tour of Tauranga and the Bay of Plenty
  • Enjoy tastings of kiwifruit and wine
  • Discover the health-giving properties of Manuka honey at Bee Hive
  • Take a bushland walk at McLaren Falls Park
  • Small-group limited to 19 ensures a more personalized experience
  • Covered by Viator’s worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship

What You Can Expect

When your ship docks at Mount Maunganui, head into the countryside to visit New Zealand's kiwifuit capital at Kiwi 360. Discover the health benefits of kiwifruit, and taste the wines and liqueurs distilled from the country’s signature fruit.

The next stop on your small-group shore excursion is the Bee Hive, taking you behind the scenes to experience a day in the life of a bee. Hear about the health-giving properties of New Zealand's famous Manuka honey, taste the products, witness the bees' amazing hive community with its intricate network of shared intelligence, and hear the Maori legend that incorporates New Zealand's kauri tree and Manuka honey.

Your small-group tour continues into the Kaimai mountain range, stopping for lunch at a country cafe (own expense).

In the afternoon, admire the trees and birdlife of McLaren Falls and Park, and take a walk through native bushland to a lovely waterfall.

Your return trip to Tauranga takes you through rolling countryside and farmland via the top of the Minden lookout for panoramic views over the Bay of Plenty. Travel through Tauranga City and along the inner harbor with its bobbing fishing boats, over the harbor bridge and back to the port.

Worry-free Shore Excursion:
We will ensure your timely return to the Tauranga port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This tour exceeded our expectations in several ways. It was small enough to have a family outing atmosphere. The guide was engaging and informative and gave an excellent introduction to the life and challenges of the local region. This included the bee industry and the kiwi fruit industry mini tours which were well done. But for our group of seven seniors, all agreed that the highlight was an outstanding walk in a local rainforest where the guide introduced us to the ecosystem including plants and birds. I came away with excellent photos. There was an unexpected attention of the guide that I must mention because it amazed us. My brother is in a wheel chair as a result of ataxia and it is difficult for him to climb onto the bus. We were prepared to help him but the guide is a former nurse and she knew how to make it easier for him. She insisted on taking personal care of my brother and made him very welcome on the trip. For us this typified a company that cares about the guests. Overall this was a tour that I would highly recommend.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2015

Wonderful day. Our guide Peter was excellent, very friendly and very informative. Would highly recommend this tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2014

Tauranga was a beautiful place. Our tour person was wonderful and took us to many places of interest - especially the waterfall, kiwi farm and honey bees. We were able to take many photos and didn't feel rushed.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2014

very professional pickup, the guide and tour content excellent

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2014

My husband and I ended being the only people on this tour. Our guide Wendy was outstanding! She was very personable and obviously loved showing us around her area. We visited the Bee Comvita company and the Kiwi Fruit company which were both interesting. We had a lovely lunch (not included) and spent time touring the area of the Bay of Plenty. We also did a short bushwalk to a falls in a park. Most of the people on the ship headed to the Rotorua area but we had been there before. We quite enjoyed the day that we spent with Wendy!

4 star rating: Recommended March 2014

Good tour, well presented. Only down side was we left 1 hour late waiting for another cruise liner to arrive.

4 star rating: Recommended January 2014

our guide/driver, Wendy, did a great job of showing us around and we felt the tour was a good value.

1 star rating: I do not recommend this February 2015

Don't go. Guide could not be understood by anyone on tour. Not a problem that we had to wait for guests from second ship to arrive but was a problem that we then had to take a few people back to the cruise ship as they only booked half the tour and we had to go out of the way (waste time for them). The Kiwi conservation facility was mostly a buy sell opportunity and much more time was spent waiting for shoppers than learning about the kiwi industry. The stop at the honey factor was again a sales pitch. Best part of tour was lunch, but that was not covered. The stop at the waterfall was thankfully short and way overrated. The guide had managed to add an extra two hours to the tour and then tried to cut it short by taking a vote of passengers which was totally inappropriate and difference of opinion aggravated many people. Totally unprofessional.

1 star rating: I do not recommend this January 2015

Well I would not do the full day. The place they take you for lunch is not good at all and then the waterfall is not impressive at all. The Kiwi and honey tour were very good. We could not understand our guide at all and the tour left one hour late so we had to stand there waiting.

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