Tauranga Cruise Port Tours

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Centrally located in the Bay of Plenty and home to a deep water harbor, the port of Tauranga is a popular cruise hub with over 85 ships arriving every year. The port is actually located in the township of Mt Maunganui, a laid-back beach town set 4.3 miles (7 km) from the streets of downtown Tauranga. In addition to serving as the home base for visitors arriving by cruise, the port is also offers convenient access to day trips to Rotorua, where steaming geysers and geothermal wonders make for an otherworldly landscape.

How to Get to Tauranga
From the cruise ship dock at Salisbury Wharf, it’s only a five-minute walk into Mt Maunganui. While many cruise lines provide shuttles to the town's i-SITE Visitor Information Centre, all of Mt Maunganui's main attractions are within a 10-minute radius of the cruise port. To reach Tauranga, you can either take a 20-minute ride on the Bay Hopper bus, or cut the drive to only 10 minutes by hopping in a private taxi. If you'd like to continue traveling by water, use the ferry service available between Salisbury Wharf and the Tauranga waterfront.

One Day in Tauranga
Visitors with a day at the Port of Tauranga have two different options for how to spend the day: Explore the communities of Tauranga and Mt. Maunganui, or take a shore excursion to the city of Rotorua. 
For those who choose to stay in town, start the day by grabbing a bite at a café in Mt. Maunganui. This is “surf city” for the Bay of Plenty, and the beach town vibe and consistent waves create an artsy and laidback community. Follow the road north towards “The Mount” beach for a look at the shoreline and surfers, and those who are feeling particularly fit can make the climb to the top of “The Mount.” This 750-foot promontory offers panoramic views looking out over the beach and back towards the city of Tauranga, and it’s the perfect place to stretch your legs and enjoy an hour-long hike. After you’ve soaked up the Maunganui beach scene, head to The Strand in downtown Tauranga for the dining, entertainment, and shops.

While Tauranga might be one of the fastest-growing cities in New Zealand, a visit to the historic Brain Watkins house provides a glimpse of 19th-century New Zealand. Constructed out of native kauri wood, the house is still in the exact same order as it was over 130 years ago.

For those heading to Rotorua, the shore excursion to the geothermal playground will likely occupy the whole day. Given Rotorua’s large population of Maori, try to find a tour which combines the thermals with a visit to a Maori marae.

Port Information

Since Salisbury Wharf is in such close proximity to the center of Mt. Maunganui, a full range of ATM and currency exchanges are located within walking distance of the port. The currency is Tauranga is the New Zealand dollar, and the language spoken is a Kiwi dialect of English.
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Address: Tauranga, North Island, New Zealand
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Hobbiton Shore Excursion Including Lord of the Rings and Hobbit Movies Set Tour

Explore the sets from ‘The Lord of the Rings’ and ‘The Hobbit’ movie series on this 5.5-hour Hobbiton shore excursion. Cross Tauranga Harbour and head through the Kaimai mountain range on route to Hobbiton, the movie set location for the ‘Lord of the Rings’ movies and ‘The Hobbit’ trilogy. Meet your guide at the Shires Rest to start your 2-hour tour. Discover top sites including the famous party tree in Bag End. Finish your tour with an ale in the Green Dragon pub and imagine yourself among your favorite characters.
  • Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes
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Tauranga Shore Excursion: Rotorua Highlights

See the highlights of Rotorua on a full-day shore excursion from Tauranga. You’ll travel to one of New Zealand’s famed regions in the North Island, observing otherworldly landscapes and Pohutu Geyser at Whakarewarewa’s thermal springs. Visit Okere Falls at the Bay of Plenty; receive a traditional welcome at an authentic Maori village where you’ll watch a 'haka' (war dance); and view the Government Gardens, a historic bath house and more in Rotorua.
  • Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes
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Tauranga Shore Excursion: Lord of the Rings Hobbiton Movie Set Tour

Swap the Tauranga cruise port for the Shire, featured in ‘The Lord of the Rings' and 'The Hobbit' trilogies, on a Hobbiton Movie Set shore excursion. Your tour includes movie structures such as hobbit holes, the party tree and the Mill. Sip a drink at the Green Dragon Inn, and then suit up in a favorite LOTR costume with a stop at McLaren Falls Park.
  • Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes
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Tauranga Shore Excursion: Lord of the Rings Hobbiton Movie Set Tour Including Rotorua Sightseeing

Take a shore excursion to the Hobbiton Movie Set and sightsee Rotorua with a guide when your cruise ship pulls into port at Tauranga. Journey to Middle-earth and The Shire of ‘The Lord of the Rings’ fame, featured in the popular LOTR trilogy and ‘The Hobbit.’ Then learn traditional customs at the Maori village of Whakarewarewa before strolling past the spouting geysers and steaming hot springs of thermal Rotorua. Numbers are limited to 19 participants in this small-group tour to the land of hobbits and hot pools.
  • Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes
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Tauranga Shore Excursion: Rotorua Geothermal Geyser Tour and Polynesian Spa Combo Including Lunch

This Tauranga Shore Excursion stands out from others by offering a two-course lunch and a visit to a Polynesian spa. The basics of local shore excursions are included too: travel with a small group to the Rotorua geothermal geyser, mud pools, and steam vents, and then see a Maori dance performance. At the spa, soak in hot mineral springs with views of Lake Rotorua.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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Tauranga Shore Excursion: Te Puia Maori Cultural Centre and Rotorua City Sightseeing

When your cruise ship docks in Tauranga, gain insight into New Zealand’s natural and cultural heritage on a shore excursion to Rotorua. At the Te Puia Maori cultural center, discover boiling mud pools and Pohutu Geyser on a walk through the Whakarewarewa geothermal valley; learn about Maori customs at the Maori Arts and Crafts Institute; and spot the elusive kiwi bird.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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Tauranga Shore Excursion: Private Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland and Whakarewarewa Maori Cultural Village

Explore the thermal wonderland of Wai-O-Tapu and see Pohutu Geyser blow its top at Whakarewarewa during this full-day private Tauranga shore excursion to the Rotorua region. Witness colorful thermal springs, hissing steam vents and bubbling mud pools as your guide details the area’s geothermal activity, then discover traditional customs at New Zealand's only living Maori village. Port pickup and drop-off by private vehicle included.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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Shore Excursion: Tauranga Highlights Including The Elms Mission Station

Discover golden sand beaches, kiwi fruit orchards, historic buildings and traditional New Zealand culture on this 3-hour Tauranga shore excursion including Mt. Maunganui. Travel along Pilot Bay with your guide and gaze across Tauranga Harbour to Matakana Island. Discover evidence of ancient Maori settlements near Mt. Maunganui. Soak up the sunshine at Mt. Ocean Beach, admire the affluent Marine Parade and visit a kiwi orchard. Then, head into the hills for panoramic city and harbor views.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Tauranga Shore Excursion: Rotorua Geothermal Valley Geyser Tour and Kiwi Fruit Orchard

Once your cruise ship docks in Tauranga, get the most out of your time in port with this combo trip to the Geothermal Valley and a local kiwi fruit orchard. With a guide teaching you about the geology and history, explore the geysers, hot pools, and steam vents in the valley, then head to the kiwi orchards to learn about New Zealand's most famous export. Tastings of jams, juices, and different kiwi varieties included.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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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 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.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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Tauranga Shore Excursion: Scenic Lake McLaren Kayak Tour

When your ship pulls into port at Tauranga, take a shore excursion to McLaren Falls Park for a kayaking adventure on Lake McLaren. Paddle on the serene lake with an expert guide and look for myriad birds within reach. Peer at gentle streams that lap the tranquil water’s edge and find photo ops against the scenic backdrop of steep-walled Mangapapa Canyon. A chocolate bar, bottled water and dry bag are provided along with round-trip port transport.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Tauranga Shore Excursion: Mt Drury and Moturiki Island Walking Tour including Mount Hot Pools Admission

Just steps from your cruise ship lies a coastal path to Mt Drury and Moturiki Island. Embark on an easy 2.5-hour walking tour while you’re in port at Tauranga, exploring sacred Maori sites and natural history with an informative guide who points out a petrel colony and breeding little blue penguins. After your walk, rejuvenate in the outdoor saltwater pools at Mount Hot Pools in Mount Maunganui.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Tauranga Shore Excursion: Waimarino Adventure Park

Enjoy a family-friendly half-day shore excursion to Waimarino Adventure Park when your ship docks in Tauranga. You can splash into the water as a human catapult, zip down the kayak slide, practice your climbing skills on the rock wall, jump on a water trampoline or take a relaxing spin in a kayak. Nibble on chocolate to keep your energy up for the fun while visiting New Zealand.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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