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A relaxing half-day kayaking tour on the Wairoa River is a great way to spend a shore excursion in Tauranga Harbour. Swap your cruise ship for a kayak as you drift along the upper reaches of the river in this fertile stretch of the North Island. Your guide will point out an old timber mill and explain how 19th-century locals transported kauri logs along this waterway once used by Maori settlements. Enjoy a cheese and fruit platter on the riverbank as you take in the quiet beauty.

Highlights

  • Take a kayak tour on the Wairoa River while your ship is in port in Tauranga
  • Complimentary port pickup and drop-off
  • Learn about the history and wildlife of the region as you kayak along the Wairoa River
  • Enjoy a cheese and fruit platter on the river banks
  • Covered by Viator's worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship

What You Can Expect

Tauranga Shore Excursion: Wairoa River Kayak Tour

Waimarino

Start your Tauranga shore excursion with morning pickup at the cruise port. It’s a short drive north by minivan to the Waimarino Adventure Park where your Wairoa River kayaking tour begins. En route, hear from your guide about the beachside city of Mount Maunganui, situated in the Bay of Plenty. 


On arrival, receive some kayaking tips before dipping your paddle into the placid waters of the Wairoa, translated as ‘long water’ in Maori. Discover how this circuit of streams once served as the main source of food and transportation for the Maori people until lumber mills were established in the 19th century for kauri log export. You’ll see evidence of these now-protected native trees alongside an old mill and native vegetation. 


Pull up to shore with your fellow kayakers to enjoy the lush river views along with gourmet refreshments including cheese, crackers, fruit and juice. Take advantage of any photo ops (a dry bag is provided for your camera) before paddling back to your starting point. From here, you’re transferred by minivan back to port. 


Worry-free Shore Excursion:
We will ensure your timely return to 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.

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