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  • Address: Tauranga, North Island, New Zealand

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Tauranga Cruise Port Tours

Centrally located in the Bay of Plenty and home to a deep water harbor, the port of Tauranga is a popular cruise hub with over 85 ships arriving every year. The port is actually located in the township of Mt Maunganui, a laid-back beach town set 4.3 miles (7 km) from the streets of downtown Tauranga. In addition to serving as the home base for visitors arriving by cruise, the port is also offers convenient access to day trips to Rotorua, where steaming geysers and geothermal wonders make for an otherworldly landscape.

How to Get to Tauranga
From the cruise ship dock at Salisbury Wharf, it’s only a five-minute walk into Mt Maunganui. While many cruise lines provide shuttles to the town's i-SITE Visitor Information Centre, all of Mt Maunganui's main attractions are within a 10-minute radius of the cruise port. To reach Tauranga, you can either take a 20-minute ride on the Bay Hopper bus, or cut the drive to only 10 minutes by hopping in a private taxi. If you'd like to continue traveling by water, use the ferry service available between Salisbury Wharf and the Tauranga waterfront.

One Day in Tauranga
Visitors with a day at the Port of Tauranga have two different options for how to spend the day: Explore the communities of Tauranga and Mt. Maunganui, or take a shore excursion to the city of Rotorua. 
For those who choose to stay in town, start the day by grabbing a bite at a café in Mt. Maunganui. This is “surf city” for the Bay of Plenty, and the beach town vibe and consistent waves create an artsy and laidback community. Follow the road north towards “The Mount” beach for a look at the shoreline and surfers, and those who are feeling particularly fit can make the climb to the top of “The Mount.” This 750-foot promontory offers panoramic views looking out over the beach and back towards the city of Tauranga, and it’s the perfect place to stretch your legs and enjoy an hour-long hike. After you’ve soaked up the Maunganui beach scene, head to The Strand in downtown Tauranga for the dining, entertainment, and shops.

While Tauranga might be one of the fastest-growing cities in New Zealand, a visit to the historic Brain Watkins house provides a glimpse of 19th-century New Zealand. Constructed out of native kauri wood, the house is still in the exact same order as it was over 130 years ago.

For those heading to Rotorua, the shore excursion to the geothermal playground will likely occupy the whole day. Given Rotorua’s large population of Maori, try to find a tour which combines the thermals with a visit to a Maori marae.

Port Information

Since Salisbury Wharf is in such close proximity to the center of Mt. Maunganui, a full range of ATM and currency exchanges are located within walking distance of the port. The currency is Tauranga is the New Zealand dollar, and the language spoken is a Kiwi dialect of English.

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Hobbiton Shore Excursion Including Lord of the Rings and Hobbit Movies Set Tour

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This wonderful tour to Hobbiton, a short drive from Tauranga, takes us to the farm selected by Peter Jackson as a setting for his Lord of the Rings and Hobbit ...  Read more

Location: Tauranga, New Zealand
Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $108.72
Tauranga Shore Excursion: Lord of the Rings Hobbiton Movie Set Tour Including Rotorua Sightseeing, ... 
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Tauranga Shore Excursion: Lord of the Rings Hobbiton Movie Set Tour Including Rotorua Sightseeing

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Enter a world of hobbits and hot pools when your cruise ship is in port in Tauranga. This shore excursion to Middle Earth takes you on a tour of the Hobbiton ...  Read more

Location: Tauranga, New Zealand
Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $175.05
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Tauranga Shore Excursion: Lord of the Rings Hobbiton Movie Set Tour

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Step off your cruise ship in Tauranga and enter Middle-earth on a 2-hour guided visit to the Hobbiton movie set, featured in 'The Lord of the Rings' and 'The ...  Read more

Location: Tauranga, New Zealand
Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $108.72
Tauranga Shore Excursion: Rotorua Geothermal Geyser Tour and Polynesian Spa Combo Including Lunch, ... 
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Tauranga Shore Excursion: Rotorua Geothermal Geyser Tour and Polynesian Spa Combo Including Lunch

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Join us on a luxury journey of discovery with this full-day combo tour from Tauranga. This tour is conducted in a small group mini van/bus 2017/18 vehicle ...  Read more

Location: Tauranga, New Zealand
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $136.08
Tauranga Shore Excursion: Rotorua Geothermal Valley Geyser Tour and Kiwi Fruit Orchard, Tauranga, ... 
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Tauranga Shore Excursion: Rotorua Geothermal Valley Geyser Tour and Kiwi Fruit Orchard

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THIS IS A SMALL GROUP TOUR AND INCLUDES ALL OF YOUR ENTRANCE FEE, INCLUDES CULTURAL SHOW AND TWO COURSE LUNCH You will be picked up directly from the ...  Read more

Location: Tauranga, New Zealand
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

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Tauranga Shore Excursion: Private Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland and Whakarewarewa Maori Cultural ... 
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Tauranga Shore Excursion: Private Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland and Whakarewarewa Maori Cultural Village

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Visit two of Rotorua’s most famous sites, Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland and Whakarewarewa (The Living Maori Village), on a private tour with an informative ...  Read more

Location: Tauranga, New Zealand
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $118.81
Tauranga Shore Excursion: Rotorua Highlights, Tauranga, Ports of Call Tours
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Tauranga Shore Excursion: Rotorua Highlights

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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, ...  Read more

Location: Tauranga, New Zealand
Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

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Shore Excursion: Tauranga Highlights Including The Elms Mission Station, Tauranga, Ports of Call ... 
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Shore Excursion: Tauranga Highlights Including The Elms Mission Station

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Experience the best of Tauranga and Mount Maunganui. From its golden sand beaches, stunning views, kiwifruit orchards, Gate Pa battle site and The Elms Mission ...  Read more

Location: Tauranga, New Zealand
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $51.29
Tauranga Shore Excursion: Te Puia Maori Cultural Centre and Rotorua City Sightseeing, Tauranga, ... 
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Tauranga Shore Excursion: Te Puia Maori Cultural Centre and Rotorua City Sightseeing

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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 ...  Read more

Location: Tauranga, New Zealand
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $106.67
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Tauranga Shore Excursion: Small-Group Bay of Plenty and Tauranga Tour

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Explore New Zealand’s Tauranga region with a private guide when your cruise ship docks in the Bay of Plenty. Your 5-hour shore excursion highlights the rolling ...  Read more

Location: Tauranga, New Zealand
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $89.75

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