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

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

This 5-hour shore excursion from New Zealand’s Bay of Plenty highlights the rural riches of the Tauranga region. Enjoy kiwifruit, wine and liqueur tastings along with samplings of manuka honey in this tranquil corner of the North Island where rolling farmlands dot the landscape. Head into the Kaimai mountains and follow your guide on an easy walk to the waterfall at McLaren Falls Park. A maximum of 19 participants ensures a small-group experience.


  • Private 5-hour sightseeing tour of Tauranga and the Bay of Plenty
  • Enjoy tastings of kiwifruit and kiwi wine
  • Learn about the production of Manuka honey at Bee Hive
  • Take a walk to a waterfall in McLaren Falls Park
  • Snap photos of the Bay of Plenty from the Minden Lookout
  • Enjoy a more customized experience on a private tour
  • Covered by Viator’s worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

You get to see a variety of places around Tauranga, have plenty of time for photo ops and taste some delicious local products on this Tauranga tour. You can even pick up some great New Zealand souvenirs, such as Manuka honey or kiwifruit products.

What You Can Expect

After pickup at the cruise terminal at Mount Maunganui, enjoy the ease of small-group transport into the countryside of Tauranga, passing the Bay of Plenty en route to the town of Te Puke, considered New Zealand's kiwifruit capital.

Stop at the horticultural theme park of Kiwi 360, which showcases the the country’s signature fruit. Get a taste of the region’s bountiful produce and sample kiwi-distilled wines and liqueurs. Then discover the healing properties of manuka honey and taste a variety of products at the Bee Hive, where you’ll go behind the scenes to witness the bees at work.
Your 5-hour tour continues through the Kaimai mountain range, stopping for lunch at a country cafe (own expense). 

In the afternoon, take a guided bush walk past native trees at McLaren Falls Park, and snap photos of its namesake waterfall tumbling through boulders in the river. Returning to Tauranga via the top of the Minden lookout, stop for a scenic glimpse over the Bay of Plenty before you’re driven along the inner harbor and back to the cruise 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 November 2015

Eric and Mike led this tour. For a couple of mature guys they knew their area and were quite happy to pass on the good points. The tour of the Convita Honey was OK as an educational experience but lacked the hands on feel- it could have been in a hall elsewhere. The Kiwi Farm had a better touch/feel experience and was good to see. Lunch self accommodated was at a nice cafe which everyone enjoyed. The lookout over the bay was a highlight in perspective of the area. Well done Eric and Mike.

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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