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

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North Island, New Zealand
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5 hours (Approx.)
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Overview

This half-day 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.
  • Private sightseeing tour of Tauranga and the Bay of Plenty
  • 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
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 Kiwifruit Country, which showcases the the country’s signature fruit. 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.

Reviews

Viator Traveler's Reviews

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Friedrich O
, Feb 2018

The tour was beautiful , the guide was great and very knowingly

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Margaret S
, Feb 2017

This was a great trip and we thoroughly enjoyed the countryside and our driver was excellent. Jan joined us as sat and enjoyed a coffee and the tour of the kiwi orchard and bees was extremely interesting. Travelling the countryside with something who knows and enjoys the area is wonderful I would highly recommend this trip to any one going to New Zealand. Tks Jan

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joecan
, Jun 2016

Great itinerary. Very friendly and knowledgeable tour guide and driver.

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Marjorie N
, Mar 2016

Loved this small group tour! Was able to get a personal tour of Kiwi 360 Experience with the owner of the farm. The honey plant was interesting and different.

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jeffdonnelly
, Mar 2016

Found out more about the area with a very friendly driver.

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Mary B
, Dec 2015

Easy meet up with guide who was proud to show us the Bay of Plenty area. Fascinating tour of the kiwi fruit farm and the honey processing operation. Educational and informative. Had lunch at a small family café. Very good. The guide took us to McClaren sic Falls state park. On the return trip to ship our guide explained the Maori tribes histories and shared some interesting looks at how they live today. Good small group tour.

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Kari J
, Dec 2015

We really enjoyed this tour. We were able to see so much more because of the small group. The McLaren waterfall area was beautiful, it would have been nice to have a little free time to hike down. Kiwi 360 was interesting and the samples were fun to try. The Manuka Honey was ok, the tour seemed like it was geared towards school age children. Lunch was ok, the cafe was over whelmed when we arrived and told us it would be a 1/2 hour wait. So there were a few ups and downs but I still feel it was worth it. We could not have seen as much as we did on a shore excursion from the ship and being in a small group made it much more pleasant.

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Kevin R
, Nov 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.

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Barry T
, Jun 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.

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Michael G
, Feb 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.


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