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Explore Tauranga Tour

Explore the best of Tauranga with our cruise ship day tours departing from the Port of Tauranga. Visit the historic Elms Mission house, Kiwifruit Country and the best sights of Tauranga. 

Your tour at a glance


The Elms
Minden Lookout
Kiwifruit Country 


4 hours

Group Size

Any sized group
1 - 50 passengers

Departs / Returns

Salisbury Wharf, Mount Maunganui


Adult $80
Child $49

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.

Explore Tauranga - Port of Tauranga Cruise Ship Day Tours

Key highlights

  • Clearly hear our professional guides’ live commentary with audio headsets provided
  • Learn the history and geography Mauao, Mount Maunganui and coastal area
  • Entrance fees included to kiwifruit tasting and Vine Tour Honey Tasting
  • Our air-conditioned minivans stop for a tour of the historic Elms Mission house.

Booking Conditions

  • Pre booking is required - reserve early to avoid disappointment. 
  • Bookings are non-refundable.
  • We will select the right sized vehicle to accommodate all passengers. 
  • Vehicle type is subject availability.
  • All Vehicles are air-conditioned.
  • Vehicles have English-speaking driver/guide.
  • Translators for other languages may be available upon request. Pre-booking is essential.
  • Please note that due to your ship’s arrival/departure time in port, your visiting times may change.
  • We reserve the right to change the timing of the itinerary.

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