Downtown Tauranga is a great place to meet the friendly locals and take a wander through the quaint shopping arcades and busy high street stores. Visit the Tauranga Art Gallery, then immerse yourself in the colourful coffee culture and tapestry of cafés and restaurants that line the picturesque Strand Waterfront.
Check out the historic Art Shed located towards the northern end of the Waterfront. This is Tauranga city's creative arts and crafts hub, showcasing many talented local artists, creators and sculptors. Afterwards, take time out and enjoy the water views with some Kiwi style fish 'n chips from the ever popular Bobbys Fresh Fish Market, located right next door.
Take a short walk up to Robbins Park (Historical Reserve) at the northern end of the Strand Waterfront, located on a hill just over the railway line and opposite the Art Shed. This small park is worth a visit and has expansive views over the harbour and port, airport, waterfront and Mauao. It's also a local favourite for seasonal displays of beautiful rose gardens. There's a tropical orchid display house, large memorial trees and other garden features that provide a peaceful setting for quiet reflection. See historic places in and around the Tauranga city, and find out even more about Tauranga's history.
Getting back to your ship - is just a short walk back to shuttle bus pick up point, or the Willow Street bus (stop A) to catch the return (TAURANGA ROUTE 1) bus service departing at 30 minute intervals (10 min past the hour and 20 min to the hour).
Recommended - Best Option!
For just a few dollars return, cruise passengers can make use of the convenient cruisers' Downtown shuttle bus service which transports cruisers' directly into the Tauranga Downtown city centre. This popular return shuttle service operates on a regular basis from the ships berth iPort (starting @ 8.30am) with return pick-ups from the Downtown Tauranga, Red Square/Waterfront collection point. The shuttle transfer takes just 15 minutes and makes for an ideal, closer to port Tauranga shore excursion, for those not heading out on other further afield day trips and tours.
Public Bus Into Tauranga »
Some cruise lines also arrange for other free or low cost bus transfer services to transport cruise passengers into the local Tauranga CBD (Downtown). Please check your port of call information for details of services that may be available.
Other options include taxi services, the water ferry (subject to availibility at the Salisbury pier), and the public bus service called Baybus, also know as Bayhopper. The public Baybus operates from Mount Maunganui to Tauranga. This scheduled service departs from the Salisbury Avenue bus stop, located a hundred metres or so outside of the port's cruise passenger gate. When exiting from the port, turn right and walk just beyond the Port of Tauranga offices and Police Station. The bus stop pickup area is clearly marked. The bus ride also costs a few New Zealand dollars per person, and takes around 20 minutes to get into the Tauranga city centre. Depart off the bus opposite the Willow Street library (stop C). From here, almost all of Tauranga's shops, cafés, restaurants and other attractions are within an easy 20 minute walk.
Quick links to Baybus information »
Route map Timetable
Slide show ⟫ Salisbury Avenue bus stop; Downtown Tauranga bus drop off/pick up point; The i-Site in Tauranga; Downtown Tauranga; Tauranga Art Gallery; Tauranga Strand Waterfront area; The Art Shed; Bobbys Fresh Fish Market; Robbins Park
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