Where do cruise ships dock in Tauranga (or tender) @ googlemaps Port of Tauranga
Useful map(s) Discover Tauranga brochure (includes Historic Heritage walk)
Tauranga Shore Excursions
The active will enjoy the short hike up 750ft (230m) high Mount Maunganui, a dormant volcano. The summit gives breathtaking views of ocean, beach and hinterland.
Mount Maunganui beach
Sun, sand and surf enthusiasts will love glorious Mount Maunganui beach. The installation of an artificial reef produces consistently perfect waves. Non-surfers can enjoy an invigorating swim and a relaxing sunbathe before heading to one of the lively beach cafes. The beach is patrolled by lifeguards throughout the summer season.
Tauranga City Center
A self-guided walk around Tauranga City Center is a great way to see the major historical sights of New Zealand’s fifth largest city. Many of the landmarks are signed with comprehensive information panels. Places of interest include the Old Post Office, constructed in the early 20th century to replace the fire-destroyed (wooden-built) council offices, the original Bonded Wharehouse, build in 1883 to hold taxable goods, Robbins Park which boasts an enchanting rose garden, and Elms Mission Station, founded in 1847 to facilitate the (European style) education of the native Maori population.
Geothermal Site (Rotorua)
A popular excursion is the trip to a Geothermal Site in Rotorua. Here you can see and smell geysers, steam vents and bubbling mud pools. Several geothermal areas are also home to a traditional Maori village, and the combination makes for a unique Kiwi experience. Areas to pick from include Wai-O-Tapu, Te Puia and Whakarewarewa.
Mt Ngongotaha (Rotorua)
Another possible excursion option is Mt Ngongotaha. A gondola whisks you to the summit, where you can enjoy the extensive views, then the young (and young-at-heart) can shoot downhill on a wheeled luge.
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