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Tauranga Cruises

Tucked into the Bay of Plenty, Tauranga is a busy port city with a blend of intriguing architecture, historical hotspots and a picturesque natural setting. Start your tour with a stroll around its historic Strand waterfront promenade, where you can find a bevy of bustling pubs and eateries. Get out into the water with a dolphin-watching tour, or dive below the waves to see the marine life below. Tauranga is the gateway to popular attractions Rotorua and Mount Maunganui, both famed for their geothermal activity and warm salt water pools. There’s nothing like a soak here after hiking around!

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Mount Maunganui is a must-visit destination next to Tauranga, particularly for outdoorsy types. There are hiking trails that wind up to the summit, but you can have a gentle potter around the base instead if preferred. Don’t miss the saltwater pools while you’re there. This spa complex sits at the mountain’s base, with private soaking pools, water jets, massages, and a children’s pool.
Another way to get out into the great outdoors is by visiting the Waimarino Adventure Park, a short drive from the cruise port. The main attraction here is kayaking, but if you don’t like to paddle you could also spend your time using facilities like a climbing wall, swimming pool, ropes course and beach volleyball courts. Within the town of Tauranga, you can explore artwork from around New Zealand at the Tauranga Art Gallery, or see unique architecture like the Brain Watkins House. This Victorian home was built from local kauri wood. Another special sight is the Elms Mission Station, which was constructed in the main 1800s. It’s a standout building from the exterior, but if you can get inside you’ll see English gardens and intriguing displays showing what life here was like when the missionary families called it home.


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