Tauranga, Bay of Plenty Region, New Zealand

Tauranga tours, things to do and tickets

White Water Rafting - Kaituna Cascades, The Originals

Duration: 2 hours
Kaituna Cascades was the original company to explore and start rafting the Kaituna River, and is still locally owned and operated by two current raft guides - so you know you'll be in great hands!!
No where in the world can you raft down such a beautiful river that drops into a vertical walled canyon filled with raftable waterfalls and countless playful rapids. The water is deep and warm (most of the year) and is usually a highlight of peoples visit to NZ. All of our guides are handpicked, highly skilled professionals that come from an extreme whitewater background in Kayaking and Rafting. We will give you the safest and most entertaining trip on the river!
This is also most definitely the best value for money rafting in NZ too.
Our aim is have FUN, So come join us for this EPIC once in a lifetime experience.

Cheers & see you on the river - Pete & Blue
$71.23*Per person

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Evening Glow Worm Kayak Tour in Tauranga

Duration: 3 hours
Mount Maunganui and Tauranga are the central areas for this kayak tour - it uses double kayaks on the calm sheltered waters of Lake McLaren. The tour operates in the evening due to the visibility of the glow worms..

Relax on the edge of Lake McLaren with refreshments, while watching the swans and ducks go about their evening’s preparations. Let your guide lead you onto calm Lake McLaren at dusk. Gently paddle into the night and discover the magic of the enchanting glow-worm canyon.
$105.3*Per person

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Tauranga Shore Excursion: Rotorua Highlights

Duration: 8 hours
Take in the highlights of New Zealand's most beautiful city, Rotorua, when your cruise ship docks in Tauranga. Receive a traditional welcome at Whakarewarewa, New Zealand’s only authentic living Maori village, and explore the Rotorua region, where otherworldly geysers, lunar landscapes, scenic countryside and Maori culture come together.
$104.68*Per person

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Swim With Wild Dolphins in Tauranga

Duration: 6 hours
Join this tour for a must-do, once-in-a-lifetime adventure with friendly dolphins in their natural habitat!  Number 1 on Trip Advisor and Trip Advisor Award of Excellence 4 years in a row! We guarantee dolphins or whale sightings as we want you to have this amazing experience!

Get up close and personal with playful dolphins who love interacting with people. You can stay dry and watch the magic from the boat or get in the water and swim with these fantastic wild dolphins. Our vessel Guardian is a fast, stable, full facility power catamaran with a 100 percent safety record over the last 14 years.  Our crew is the most experienced in the Bay. 

Join us for the experience of a lifetime!!

This is the perfect tour for everyone so book now and don’t miss out!
$92.91*Per person

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6 hour Small-Group Rotorua Naturally Shore Excursion From Tauranga

Duration: 6 hours
See, hear, smell, touch and taste on this full-day shore excursion from Tauranga. Experience the unique and special natural beauty of The Bay of Plenty. You will visit some out of the way spots that not everyone knows about and will go where the big buses don't. This tour is not a shuttle and will not drop you off anywhere to explore on your own. It is a fully guided small-group tour with a knowledgeable, fun and friendly tour guide. Along the way you will see and learn about the uniqueness that is New Zealand and you will learn about the geothermal region of Rotorua and its significance to the Maori people. We do not visit the commercial geothermal reserves on this tour, but we do see boiling mud pools, crystal clear bubbling hot springs, volcanic lakes and picturesque forests. 
Please note that the ticket sent to you by Viator/TripAdvisor will show the standard tour departure time, we will advise an updated time when you book the tour which may be different, this is the one to use.
$92.29*Per person

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15,000ft Tandem Skydive in Bay of Plenty

Duration: 2 hours
Take the leap and Fall for Tauranga! You will start your experience with an incredible 20-25 minute scenic flight over the beautiful Bay of Plenty, offering up some of the most beautiful views in New Zealand. Take off to breathtaking views of The Mount and golden beaches expanding as far as the eye can see. Higher up, you’ll be able to see White Island, Mount Ruapehu, the Rotorua Lakes, The Coromandel and even Mount Taranaki. And if you still had some breath left after that, freefalling back towards Tauranga at 200km/h might help!
$294.23*Per person

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4hr Shore Excursion - History and Tasting Tour FREE Kiwifruit Tasting

Duration: 4 hours
Departs 10:00am (Subject to cruise ship docking times). Enjoy this 4 Hour boutique tour of Tauranga. Picking you up from right outside the Tauranga port gates the local guide accompaning you will serve as your expert, connecting you with the natural beauty, history, culture, industry and people of Tauranga. See amazing views, beautiful beaches, historical sites, orchards and experience the taste of our world-renowned Kiwifruit and Avocado industries and sample teas sourced locally and from around the world. At the completion of the tour your guide will transport you back to the port gates. - RUNS OCTOBER TO APRIL ONLY
$54.51*Per person

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Rotorua Geothermal Living Maori Village Tour Whakarewarewa 6.5hours Tour

Duration: 7 hours
Visit an authentic Living Maori Village deep in the geothermal region of Rotorua on this full-day excursion including a Hangi Lunch. Tour with a local Maori guide and learn about how the villagers have adapted to the harsh geothermal environment. You tour will also include visits to the famous Government Gardens and Rotorua Lake. This is a small group tour with a group size up to 18.

Please note that the ticket sent to you by Viator/TripAdvisor will show the standard tour departure time. As the ships arrival time in port varies so much, we adjust the start and end times each day to suit the ships time in port. When your booking is accepted by us, we will confirm the true start time for the day, which overrides the time printed on your voucher.

We use the correct times for the ship which we take from the Port of Tauranga web site and details provided to us by the ships booking agent as we also provide some of the official tours to the ship, so trust us.
$123.27*Per person

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TAURANGA SHORE EXCURSION: Epic 25 min V8 Trike tour of Mt Maunganui & Tauranga

Duration: 25 minutes - 30 minutes
Kia Ora! Welcome to V8 Trike Tours, New Zealand
As seen on Travel Guides NZ · TV Programme 2021
2021 & 2022 Traveler's Choice Award - Top 10% Attraction Worldwide!
Join us for a unique and thrilling experience on a V8 Chevrolet trike as we explore the beautiful Bay of Plenty. Designed and built in New Zealand, our awesome trikes are powered by 5700cc Chevrolet motors. It’s the ultimate in power and excitement. With a low centre of gravity, our trikes provide a smooth ride with an impressive grip around corners.
Suitable for ages 2+ and all abilities including disabled.
Registered as cars not motorbikes therefore seatbelts are compulsory not helmets.
$123.89*Per person

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Tauranga: Evening Glow Worm Kayak Tour

Duration: 3 hours
Enjoy delicious locally sourced refreshments by the lake with your guide. Paddle your kayak into the night to discover the magic of an enchanting Glowworm canyon.
$103.22*Per person

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Tauranga Shore Excursion: Te Puia Maori Cultural Centre and Rotorua City Sightseeing

Duration: 5 hours - 7 hours
When your cruise ship docks in Tauranga, gain insights into New Zealand's rich Maori culture and amazing geothermal hot springs on a shore excursion to Rotorua. Travel through the North Island’s spectacular countryside of rolling farmland and forest, and discover Rotorua's natural thermal phenomena of Geyers and boiling mud. Your shore excursion also takes you to Te Puia Maori Cultural Centre to watch a fascinating cultural display.
$117.07*Per person

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Half Day Dolphin & Wildlife Cruise - Tauranga

Duration: 7 hours
Your Half Day Dolphin & Wildlife Cruise begins as you’re welcomed aboard the Bay Explorer at Tauranga waterfront jetty. You will explore the Bay of Plenty coastline where we will showcase the amazing diversity of marine wildlife including dolphins swimming along side our vessel. Watch seasonal seabirds, penguins, seals, whales, sunfish, school fish, sharks, orca...even turtles!

Our dolphin & wildlife cruise is tailored to those wanting a genuine kiwi experience in nature. It’s a story about our human intrigue with amazing marine animals and their habitat. Participate by searching on the large top deck for that once in a lifetime wildlife encounter. We have limited our passenger numbers for comfort and to enable a more personal experience. Our large spacious boat is also ideal for families.

The Captain and experienced crew lust to share their marine knowledge with you. Don’t forget your camera as we are able to get up close to wildlife, making it a photographer’s dream.
$108.4*Per person

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Deluxe small group Cruise Day Tour, Rotorua, Tauranga & Mt Maunganui highlights

Duration: 6 hours - 8 hours
Our most popular tour ..... Tauranga & Rotorua's best sights.

While you’re in Port of Tauranga, explore the geothermal landscapes beneath the earths surface on this Rotorua sightseeing tour. See beautiful beaches and million dollar homes, before a 45 minute drive throughCoastal land, then Kiwifruit plantations and typical pastoral farmland to Rotorua.Take in top natural sites of interest such as Blue & Green lakes , view the site of Mt Tarawera (erupted 1886)Redwood Forest,  gain insight into N.Z.’s diverse plant and animal life. visit the mud pool Wai-o-Tapu (this will be based on whether we have enough time as this is a adds 45 minute rive time to your journey) take a peek at the geysers and bubbling mud pools in the geothermal region of Whakarewarewa (there is an admission charge to view the geyser close up and experience the concert, cost $US40pp.) Unfortunately we can only drive you through Kiwi orchard areas without stopping due to protocol introduced since the pandemic.
$127.5*Per person

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Okere Falls: Zipline over Waterfalls Experience

Duration: 3 hours
Soar Over Waterfalls, fly through trees, and be enlightened by local guides during this Māori culture-infused Zipline experience that will have all ages and abilities fizzing.
$96.54*Per person

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Hobbiton & Tauranga Highlights Excursion from Tauranga

Duration: 7 hours - 8 hours
Our vehicles and our tours are designed to provide you with the best possible comfort, exceptional value and mixed with personal interaction to ensure you can enjoy your day stress free knowing we have everything sorted for you!

We are the only Tauranga based tour company with a Hobbiton trained tour guide. When you join us on tour you will also have free Wi-Fi and USB charging points in the vehicle. We are also provide refreshments and snacks during our tour.
You and your travelling companions can experience the best of Tauranga and the renowned 'Hobbiton' with assurance of knowing we have you in mind.
$72.47*Per person

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Shore Excursion: Geothermal Rotorua with Maori Cultural Performance at Whakarewarewa

Duration: 6 hours - 7 hours
Voted our most popular Tour 

Enjoy a full-day guided tour from your cruise ship arrival in Tauranga. This tour is perfect for people wanting a great day sightseeing this diverse area including Tauranga, Mt Maunganui and Rotorua with a focus on the geothermal area with entry to Whakarewarewa, "The living Maori Village." Enjoy a 40 minute concert emphasizing the deep and colourful Maori culture  with song dance and stories.

Plus much more ....
* Government gardens and Rachels Pool 
* Beautiful Blue lake and Redwood  forest 
* Free Wi fi & bottled water

$150*Per person

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

Duration: 4 hours
Are you looking for a short tour where you get to feel the heartbeat of this region but still have time to peruse the shops close by and have your lunch back on board? Maybe you have travelled to Rotorua on a previous visit and you are looking for something new to discover?

Step off your cruise ship and join us in exploring some of the fun things which makes Tauranga, the Bay of Plenty. Enjoy a short tour covering an extensive mix of attractions, activities, and places, pristine white beaches, arts and crafts, history, culture, & fine foods, some of which are unique to Tauranga.

3.5 Hours with a small group – guaranteed to see plenty.
• Idyllic seaside resort of Mount Maunganui
• Interesting city centre
• Learn about Historic Landmarks - The Elms Mission station,
• Maori Battle grounds, to name but a few sights.
• Beautiful rose gardens - Nov/Feb
• Kiwifruit tasting
• Walk in native rainforest
• Beautiful Waterfalls
• Impressive Photo Opportunities
$55.13*Per person

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Shore Excursion: Local Tasting Tour from Tauranga

Duration: 7 hours
A day of Epicurean delights, visiting a boutique brewery, top restaurants, medal-winning wineries and finishing with a cocktail and dessert at our last venue, overlooking our beautiful harbour. Clients enjoy the diversity of venues and the variety of tastings. A chance to treat your palate!
This approximately 6 1/2-hour small group tour has a range of great sights to see on the way and the starting time can be adjusted to accommodate variations in ship arrival time.
$114.36*Per person

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Tauranga Shore Excursion: Waitomo Caves and The Kiwi House

Duration: 6 hours
A truly unique experience visiting the world-renowned Waitomo Caves. Experience a short boat trip to the Glow worm Grotto. Visit the Kiwi House in Otorohanga and try to spot the adorable flightless bird.
$201.31*Per person

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From Tauranga: Skydive over Mount Maunganui

Duration: 2 hours
Skydive over Maunganui and the beautiful Bay of Plenty.
$230.13*Per person

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