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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.

Highlights

  • 2.5-hour guided walking tour in Tauranga with hot pool entrance
  • Stretch your legs as you explore the area around the port on foot
  • View sacred Maori burial caves at Mt Drury, just a few minutes walk from your ship
  • Take a short walk to the top of Moturiki Island for great views of the coast
  • Look for native birds that nest here, including grey-faced petrels and little penguins
  • Enjoy entrance to the Mount Hot Pools where you can soak in outdoor salt water pools
  • Covered by Viator's worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship

What You Can Expect

Tauranga Shore Excursion: Mt Drury and Moturiki Island Walking Tour including Mount Hot Pools Admission

Moturiki Island

This Tauranga shore excursion includes an easy walk just over 2 miles (3.5 km) with plenty of stops, covering mostly flat ground with two short inclines — after which you’re rewarded with a soak at Mount Hot Pools. 

Meet your guide at the gate of the Tauranga cruise dock and set out on a leisurely stroll along the waterfront. When you reach the nearby base of Mt Drury (Hopukiore), get a glimpse of Maori burial caves and learn about their sacred history as your guide regales you with Maori legends.

You’ll cross the road to popular Mount Beach then walk over a short land bridge that leads to Moturiki Island. Soak up the panoramic views of the shoreline and sea during your walking tour around the small island, where you’ll find a large colony of gray-faced petrels. Be on the lookout for little blue penguins that make the area their breeding grounds, and perhaps catch sight of water spraying through the Moturiki blowhole.

Your guide leads you on a short walk up a gentle include to reach the top of Mt Drury, which boasts another ideal vista point. Then wrap up your walking tour in a boutique shopping area about five minutes from the cruise port. 

Finish with a relaxing soak at the Mount Maunganui Hot Salt Water Pools. Your entrance ticket includes your choice of two large outdoor pools, with the option to purchase an additional massage treatment. 

Worry-free Shore Excursion:
We will ensure your timely return to the Tauranga Pier for this activity. If your ship is delayed and you are unable attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.

Customer Reviews

sallyspelman

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

This was an very good tour because it was just my husband and I with a tour guide. Our guide chatted with our constantly showing us all the interesting points. Kirsty was excellent and when she dropped us off at the hot pools we felt that we had learnt alot about the area. The hot pools were a lovely end to our tour and I could have stayed in for ever!!!!!

Romeo M

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better February 2016

The tour guide was lovely and informative. We could have walked the same area on our own. It was raining and she did give us rain ponchos and apologized profusely. We opted not to go to the hot springs due to the rain. Not considering the rain, it is not worth doing.

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