Discover a slice of history at one of New Zealand’s oldest heritage sites
After meeting your driver/guide, you'll begin your journey learning about Mt Maunganui as you enjoy a scenic drive alongside Ocean Beach and about the bay.
Your guided tour will take you to see the historic Elms Mission Station, a restored traditional English house that was founded in 1835 by New Zealand's pioneer missionary, Archdeacon Brown.
The Elms is the oldest European heritage site in the Bay of Plenty. A place of early contact between Māori and Pākehā, this historic site remains at the centre of Tauranga's history.
Whilst at The Elms you’ll enjoy wandering through extensive manicured grounds, taking in its breathtaking and tranquil oasis. Tour the house and take a step back in time. Discover wonderful details of what life was like living in Aotearoa New Zealand almost nearly 200 years ago - from the old square piano to delicate ivory spools and threads that were used to create exquisite embroidery.
Kiwifruit orchards & panoramic views of the Bay of Plenty
Your next stop is Kiwifruit Country, where you'll learn about the growing process for the ever-popular kiwifruit that was once known as the "Chinese Gooseberry." Explore the lush orchards, browse for kiwi souvenirs, or enjoy an ice cream before moving onto our final tour destination at Minden lookout.
Minden lookout is a platform located about 13km west of the city centre. On a clear day, you will see breathtaking panoramic views of Mt Maunganui and Tauranga region. Be sure to take your camera for this must-see location and enjoy a slice of New Zealand's beautiful landscape. Then it is all aboard for the final part of your tour back to your ship.