You will see
- Great views of the harbour
- Kiwifruit orchard
- Mount Maunganui beaches
- Tauranga City Sights
- Tauranga Harbour
- The Elms Mission Station
- The historic Gate Pa battle site.
After meeting your guide just outside the port gate, we depart along Pilot Bay where you can see the great views across Tauranga harbour to the city and Matakana Island. We pass Mount Maunganui, the iconic landmark of this area where you can see evidence of the early Maori settlements around the base of the mountain.
Traversing the narrow strip of land between harbour and ocean, passing the new high rise hotels and apartments, we reach the famous Mount Ocean beach, site of many major surfing competitions, a popular spot for locals and visitors to enjoy the beach front cafes and restaurants.
We continue along the very affluent "Marine Parade" where some of New Zealand's most expensive homes are located. When you see the view out across the Pacific Ocean you will realise why this is one of our most popular summer holiday destinations. Leaving the Mount Maunganui suburb, we head across the harbour bridge to Tauranga City, first settled by English missionaries in the 1830's.
Leaving the Mount Maunganui suburb, we head across the harbour to the main city of Tauranga for our stop at the historic battle site of Gate Pa, one of New Zealand's most important battles between the Maori and British forces in 1864. The events of that day are explained by your guide and the interpretative panels as you wander along the ridge of Gate Pa.
We then take a short drive north to the outskirts of the city to a Kiwifruit orchard where the guide will give you a short talk on this most iconic New Zealand fruit, perhaps while you enjoy a freshly made fruit ice-cream which can be purchased at their shop.
After the orchard visit we then head up into the hills which surround Tauranga to a lookout point where you will see stunning views of the city, the harbour and the surrounding region and your cruise ship visible at the base of The Mount.
Our final stop on the tour is the Elms Mission Station, one of New Zealand's most important historic buildings. Here, after a short introduction by one of the volunteer guides, you will be able to walk through the grounds and learn about the life of the area's earliest settlers, the Reverend Brown and what a significant part the Mission Station played in the history of Tauranga. We then board the coach for the short drive back over the harbour bridge to the ship.
Please note that the order of the tour may vary on certain days.
If you are happy to take places on a shared tour then see our standard tour listing TRG-66.
- Air-conditioned transport
- Entry and guided tour of the Mission Station Grounds
- Experienced guide
- Full commentary
- Any meals, but you can buy ice-creams at the kiwi fruit orchard shop.
- Entry to the Mission Station house and library.
- If the afternoon tour plan does not suit you then you can book the morning tour TRG-G600.
- This is a general sightseeing trip with almost no walking required.
- Tours depart at the time shown on the web site unless this conflicts with the ships ETA or ETD, in which case the tour will operate so that you are back in port at least one hour before sailing. Please meet us at least 15 minutes prior to the departure time.
- If your group is larger than 26 persons then please contact us for a quotation.
please contact us for a quotation for your group
Can we see inside the Mission Station?
Not on this tour, due to time constraints we only view the buildings from the outside but you can enjoy the extensive grounds during the visit. We can arrange a guided tour of the Mission House for an additional $5 per person.