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

Mount Maunganui, New Zealand
Tauranga Shore Excursion Small Group Bay of Plenty and Tauranga Tour

From US$58.82

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 4 hours
  • Pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


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

What's Included

  • Driver/guide
  • Live commentary on board
  • Transport by private vehicle
  • Port pickup and drop-off
  • Worry-free Shore Excursion Guarantee
  • Free Ice cream
  • Coffee and/or Tea
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks, unless specified

Meeting And Pickup

You can head directly to the meeting point, or request pickup

Meeting point

  • Salisbury Avenue & The Mall
    Salisbury Ave & The Mall, Mount Maunganui 3116, New Zealand

    Departure Point: Outside the Port of Tauranga main pedestrian gate. We will be standing on the grass under the flagpole with a name board. Dressed in uniform of black trousers, white shirts signed with Zealandier Tours and maybe some orange apparrel.

Pickup point

  • Port of Tauranga Ltd
    2 Salisbury Avenue, Mount Maunganui 3116, New Zealand

Start time

10:00 AM

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

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.

Zealandier Tours

3 hours Admission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Please wear comfortable clothing, walking shoes
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Please bring sun protection
  • Near public transportation
  • Pricing is per person
  • There is some walking involved - optional
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 19 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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33 reviews
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Reviews by Viator travelers.
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Great tour
Jami_B, Apr 2023
The small group tour is far more comfortable and enjoyable than the large groups offered through the cruise lines and is less expensive to boot. We were able to get into places the larger busses could not. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and provided great insight into the area.
Good overview of area and...
Julie_L, Mar 2023
Good overview of area and Steve's commentary was very informative. Enjoyed the waterfall and surrounds. Good value for money.
Enjoyable tour of Tauranga and Bay of Plenty
Anne_D, Feb 2023
Very interesting tour. Get visibility from vehicle and Jan our tour guide very informative. Highly recommend
Outstanding tour
Elaine_M, Feb 2023
Jan was an amazing guide and showed us the real Tauranga. Had many photo stops and time to explore . Highly recommended
Fabulous Tour
Sharon_M, Feb 2023
Our tour guide was very descriptive and informative. Kan went above and beyond, ensuring we had a great experience.
Wonderful tour
Lara_P, Feb 2023
This was the best tour we did our whole trip. Jan was a great tour guide and we stopped at many places. My favourite was McLaren falls.
A beautiful part of New Zealand
Ruth_M, Feb 2023
Our guide Jan was a pro. The visit to McLaren waterfall was a highlight for me. I really enjoyed learning about Māori history and about kiwi and Manuka honey production.
Seeing Tauranga
akalt17, Jan 2023
Our guide, Jan, was knowledgeable and a good driver. She answered all questions. We were driven to mulsights and had the right amount time out of the vehicle to explore. I was disappointed that the excursion description said we would be visiting a bee farm. We didn't get to go but, Jan held her own honey taste testing lesson, which was great.
Good Day Out
Brian_T, Mar 2020
Very enjoyable and informative. We had previously done a tour around Tauranga but this was good value and we could appreciate the area more. Could have done with a coffee break
True reflection of the area
Dave_G, Mar 2020
Excellent and never let down by Viator and their operators. Met on time, great driver, and itinerary.
Tauranga Shore Excursion: Small-Group Bay of Plenty and Tauranga Tour
Barbara_k, Feb 2020
Turns out we were the only 2 people to book the tour and this day and the tour was not cancelled. Many thanks to Steve for the customized tour.
Informative and good value
Martin_W, Feb 2020
A very informative tour that gave a very good overview of Tauranga. Just enough time to see things and good value.
The tour was beautiful , the guide was...
Friedrich O, Feb 2018
The tour was beautiful , the guide was great and very knowingly
This was a great trip and we...
MargaretM_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
Great itinerary. Very friendly and...
joecan, May 2016
Great itinerary. Very friendly and knowledgeable tour guide and driver.
Loved this small group tour! Was...
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.
Found out more about the area with a...
jeffdonnelly, Mar 2016
Found out more about the area with a very friendly driver.
Easy meet up with guide who was...
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.
We really enjoyed this tour. We were...
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.
Eric and Mike led this tour. For a...
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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