Discover the historic sites of scenic Tauranga during this delightful half-day orientation tour of the city. Tauranga is the most populous city in the Bay of Plenty region of the North Island of New Zealand. It was settled by Māori late in the 13th century and by Europeans in the early 19th century and was constituted as a city in 1963.
Depart the Port of Mount Maunganui for the drive across Tauranga Harbour to Tauranga, the principal city of the Bay of Plenty. The city's founders, a group of 19th-century missionaries, left a legacy of well-planned parks and gardens for future residents and visitors to enjoy.
Elms Mission House
Next, pass by the Monmouth Redoubt en route to the Elms Mission House, built in 1847 by Archdeacon Brown. Upon arrival, the guide leads you through the historic home and lovely garden surrounding the Georgian-styled home.
From here continue to Te Puke, kiwifruit capital of the world, with a guided visit to Kiwifruit Centre 360. This leading orchard and processing plant will give you a chance to see and learn about the unique kiwifruit where the workings of the orchard will be fully explained. At the end of the tour you will be able to taste and sample the fruit.
Following your tour of the kiwi orchard, re-board your coach for the return drive across the Matapihi Road to Mount Maunganui and your ship.
Please note: This tour involves a panoramic drive with a moderate amount of walking at the mission house and orchard to explore fully. It is suitable for guests with limited mobility; however, wheelchairs cannot be accommodated. Order of sights seen may vary in sequence.