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DOWNTOWN TAURANGA (Tauranga)
Locals. Love It!
Welcome to the heart of Tauranga - Downtown.
Downtown Tauranga offers cruise ship passengers an eclectic mix of retail stores, exciting cafés and restaurants, arts and entertainment, within a short shuttle or transfer service from the Mount Maunganui cruise ship port terminal. Downtown Tauranga is also a bustling Bay of Plenty business hub, and serves as the region's centre of commerce.
Head on over into Downtown Tauranga as part of your shore excursion or touring itinerary. Enjoy some of the best boutique retail stores around, combined with local attractions and other places of interest. The city exudes a friendly welcoming atmosphere, rich history and colourful waterfront. So come and explore it all in Downtown Tauranga - Bay of Plenty's choice destination!
Go Walk-About for additional information on Downtown Tauranga, including local bus services, taxis & shuttles.
What's On in Downtown Tauranga.
Telephone........ +64 7 577 9946
Fancy That - Pacifically New Zealand Gifts & Souvenirs. Visit our Downtown Tauranga Store or Shop Online.
FREEWHEELING TOURS (Tauranga)
Guided Cycle Tours And Bike Hire
"Freewheeling Tours Ltd is committed to providing great cycling exploration opportunities that are safe, gentle, enjoyable, environmentally and culturally respectful in Tauranga, New Zealand and environs.”
Come Freewheeling with us because we are committed to giving you an exceptional experience by providing:
Telephone........ +64 7 571 2453
HIBISCUS SURF SCHOOL (Mt Maunganui)
Surfing Lessons & Casual Board Hire
If you have ever dreamed of learning to surf here is your opportunity. Enjoy fun, easy waves breaking on Mount Maunganui’s pristine beaches.
Hibiscus Surf School provides Surf Lessons and Equipment Hire for the enthusiastic beginner, intermediate and advanced surfers. We teach any age to surf, as surfing is for everyone! Surf lessons are taught by our friendly, experienced and qualified surf instructors. Our instructors have great people skills and understanding – of both Human Nature and Mother Nature. Safety is paramount to us so we only take you out in waves that are appropriate to your confidence and level of surfing. Whatever your age or surfing level we can help you learn to surf well.
At Hibiscus Surf School, You will be provided with everything you need to learn to surf, just bring your sense of fun and enthusiasm. Surfboard hire - the Hibiscus Surf Hire Hut is located at the Main Beach in Mount Maunganui. We have a large range of surfboards, body boards, and stand-up paddle boards available for casual hire.
Telephone........ +64 7 575 3792
JULIANS BERRY FARM (Whakatane)
Berry Farm, Café And Pick-Your-Own
Julians Berry Farm and Café is a favourite Bay of Plenty, New Zealand experience. We have freshly picked berries galore and a satisfying pick-your-own opportunity. For pick-your-own please give us a call to check availability.
We also stock many products made from our berries including jams, sauces, soaps, moisturisers, and many more. Great for gifts and take home treats. Make yourself comfortable in the sheltered outdoor café overlooking our farm, for delicious home cooked meals and berry baking. Our most famous product (apart from our lovely fresh berries) is the delicious ice cream made from our very own berries.
There's also a playground and animal farm for children. So on your next Whakatane shore excursion or tour, pop in, relax and enjoy yourself at Julians Berry Farm & Café.
Telephone........ +64 7 308 4253
KATIKATI BIRD GARDENS (Katikati)
Welcome To Our World
A beautiful and extensive park and bird sanctuary near Katikati on the edge of the inner Tauranga harbour, the Katikati Bird Gardens feature a wide range of native and colourful birds.
Set in delightful gardens of mature trees, lily ponds, wetlands and secret paths, it's the perfect place to gently enjoy tranquil time at leisure. There's also a great gift shop with a bird and garden theme. Visit our café for Italian coffee, garden tea and cakes, with a tasty selection of light lunches also available. Golf cart tours are also available for those visitors who enjoy a little fun whilst taking things easy. Katikati Bird Gardens make for a splendid day out in a peaceful setting, giving visitors ample opportunity to unwind.
For more Katikati attractions and places of interest, including the Murals of Katikati, visit: www.katikati.co.nz
Telephone........ +64 7 549 0912
LAKELAND QUEEN CRUISES (Rotorua)
Lake Rotorua Cruises
The Crown Jewel of Lake Cruising, the elegant Lakeland Queen was built in New Zealand in 1986 specifically for cruising the waters of beautiful Lake Rotorua. The Lakeland Queen is a stern wheel paddleboat that is perfect for a scenic cruise in the shallow waters of Rotorua’s iconic lake.
If you're looking for a Rotorua excursion or tour, include a cruise on the Lakeland Queen as a highlight of your Bay of Plenty travels. The Lakeland Queen is the only large cruising vessel on Lake Rotorua that can comfortably accommodate up to 200 seated guests on a unique double decker boat platform. Come along with us and enjoy a scenic and peaceful cruise while our on-board chefs prepare a delectable meal for you. Stop by one of our two fully-stocked bars for a relaxing drink, as you enjoy the peaceful setting of Lake Rotorua and Mokoia Island. Take in the sights and sounds and relax in the heart of Rotorua.
Lakeland Queen Cruise, Sheep Show & Farm Tour Combo
Telephone........ +64 7 348 0265
MOUNT MAINSTREET (Mount Maunganui)
Welcome To Downtown the Mount
The main street of Mount Maunganui is a prime shopping and dining hub, more affectionately known by locals as 'Downtown the Mount'.
This vibrant strip is a shopper's dream, offering cruise ship visitors a convenient and easily accessible local shopping experience within a couple of minutes stroll from the cruise ship terminal. Take your time and browse the exquisite boutique stores, charming gift and souvenir shops, fabulous fashion, funky footwear, and many other local attractions that can be explored within the Mount Maunganui surrounds. You won't find any malls or department stores, just individual shops, mostly locally owned and operated, giving this charming street an extra special vibe.
If your Tauranga (Mount Maunganui) cruise ship port of call is on a Sunday morning, remember to check out the tasty creations available at the Mount Mainstreet Farmers Market which takes place between 9am to 1pm.
Visit the Walk-About Mount Maunganui page for more details on what to see, do, taste and experience in Mount Maunganui, or check out the upcoming events, festivals, parades and other 'What's On' happenings at Downtown the Mount.
Telephone........ +64 7 575 9911
Visit these popular Mount Mainstreet Gift Stores...
MT MAUNGANUI GOLF (Mount Maunganui)
Tee Off In Mount Maunganui, Bay Of Plenty
Missing the fairways and greens? Mount Maunganui Golf Club is located within a 10 minute drive from your Tauranga cruise ship point of berth. This wonderful, aesthetically pleasing course offers a challenge to all levels of golfer, and makes for a much needed 'golf fix' shore excursion or tour getaway.
After your game there is an opportunity to relax with a drink and enjoy a snack or meal from our café in the superbly designed clubhouse with 180 degree panoramic views of the course. So if you fancy a round of the Great Game, come and get into the swing of things at Mount Maunganui Golf Club. Book our Cruise Ship Visitor Golf Package including:
Telephone........ +64 7 572 7044
POLYNESIAN SPA (Rotorua)
The Perfect Place To Enjoy Nature's Gift
Mineral Pools: Polynesian Spa offers hot mineral bathing in a choice of four different bathing areas. You simply choose an area to suit your requirements: deluxe pools, adult only pools, private pools or family spa. If you are after the ultimate indulgence choose the Lake Spa, set amongst native New Zealand flora and overlooking Lake Rotorua. This area offers quiet relaxed bathing.
Spa Therapies: Set amid native flora, the Lake Spa Retreat is an inviting relaxation haven and provides an array of enticing spa therapies.
To complete your Polynesian Spa hot mineral bathing and spa therapy experience, we also offer visitors a range of additional temptations. Visit our Spa Shop for a comprehensive range of spa related body and skin care products. In indoor and outdoor settings, the licensed Spa Café provides delicious and healthy snacks, refreshments and other tasty creations. Enjoy nature's gift, relax and unwind at the Polynesian Spa.
Telephone........ +64 7 348 1328
ROTORUA DUCK TOURS (Rotorua)
Rotorua Duck Amphibious Sightseeing
Welcome to Rotorua Duck Tours, a unique Rotorua attraction offering all weather amphibious sightseeing tours of Rotorua and its beautiful lakes area. On one of our Rotorua tours you will get a great introduction to Rotorua's rich history and view some of its most spectacular scenery. Rotorua Duck Tours is conveniently located in central Rotorua city, and makes for a enjoyable and memorable shore excursion outing for visiting Tauranga port of call cruise ship passengers.
The fun begins as soon as you climb aboard one of our amazing WWII Military Landing Craft (known as Ducks), where you will meet your legendary 'Conducktor' who is in charge of your guided tour.
Come and join us on our 90 minute scheduled Rotorua City & Lakes Tour or our “All New” 120 minute Tarawera & Lakes Tour. On both Rotorua tours we explore the most famous of Rotorua’s lakes and its landmarks. The highlights include: informative commentary, 'splashdown' onto 2 or 3 lakes, geothermal activity, Māori Culture, history of Rotorua, views of Mount Tarawera, and even some history of our authentic WWII Landing Crafts. Come and join the flock at Rotorua Duck Tours for a quacking good time!
Telephone........ +64 7 345 6522
SKYLINE ROTORUA (Rotorua)
Gondola, Luge & Volcanic Hills Winery
Rotorua starts here! Don’t look any further if you’re wondering what to do in Rotorua. The Skyline Rotorua complex is situated just minutes from central Rotorua, high up beautiful Mt Ngongotaha.
To begin your Skyline Rotorua adventure, take a leisurely uphill Gondola ride and enjoy the extensive panoramic views of Rotorua, the surrounding lakes and geothermal areas. At the top, take on the thrill of the Luge, or relax in our buffet and grill restaurant. There's beautiful nature walks and other exciting adventure activities awaiting your arrival in and around Skyline Rotorua. For a casual dining experience visit our Food Market Kitchen, a marketplace style café that has something for everyone - from great coffee to real fruit ice cream delights. Don't forget to visit our new Volcanic Hills winery and tasting room.
Telephone........ +64 7 347 0027
WAIKITE VALLEY (Rotorua)
Thermal Pools & Spa
Waikite Valley Thermal Pools is a unique place to experience the ‘Living Waters’ of the Te Manaroa Spring - the largest single source of 100% pure boiling water in New Zealand.
This pure spring water cascades into our main splash pool and other tranquil sit & soak garden pools at around 35-40 °C. Come and enjoy nature’s ambience in one of our private spas. Control the temperature of your individual private spa pool, with an outlook over Waikite Valley, native bush and surrounding geothermal activity. We also have an informative Eco-Trail of geological and botanical interest, leading visitors to the spectacular Te Manaroa Spring. Along the way learn about ferns and mosses that are unique to this southern Rotorua area.
After enjoying our unique waters and exploring the Eco-Trail, relax with an ice cream, cold drink, coffee, snack or casual meal from the ‘Pukeko in a Ponga Tree’ café. The café has a spacious covered outdoor seating area that looks out over the pools and the valley beyond.
Telephone........ +64 7 333 1861
WAI ORA RESORT (Rotorua)
Lakeside Spa Resort
Include a visit to Wai Ora Lakeside Spa Resort on your next shore excursion/tour to Rotorua. This award winning Rotorua Hotel Resort is the creative product of owners Bryan and Lisa Hughes who share a passion for the Māori culture of New Zealand, spas and the many attractions of Rotorua.
“Wai Ora”, a local Māori term which means “healing waters”, encapsulates the spa experience which is now the brand of a group of related activities that continue to utilise the healing qualities of water from a physical, mental and spiritual perspective. As such Wai Ora is an intergral component of both Rotorua Spa and New Zealand Spa history. The Wai Ora Lakeside Spa Resort provides the contemporary New Zealand Cultural Spa Experience with the environment of the lake and spring water underpinning the Wai Ora Spa Experience.
Wai Ora Spa: Rotorua's only Destination Spa Resort - Rotorua Spa therapies, Massage, Relaxation, Spa Pools, Mineral Pools, Sauna & Steam room, Body therapies and Beauty therapies all in one location on the edge of Lake Rotorua. Don't forget to indulge in our exceptional dining options to compliment your Wai Ora experience. Make a day of it at Wai Ora!
Telephone........ +64 7 343 5100