Thermal delights, Maori culture, hangi meal & wine tasting

Wonderful Maori Culture & Thermal Activity

On leaving the port we travel along our beautiful waterfront & beach, giving information about Tauranga & Mt Maunganui. We then proceed to Te Puke, the kiwifruit capital, stopping at Kiwifruit Country, where the kiwiifruit industry is explained, from planting through to the beautiful edible fruit - followed by a tasting of kiwifruit products

As we approach Rotorua, background information is given on the city.

Clients travel along the lakefront, through the Government Gardens, stopping at the Rotorua Museum, the Historic Bath-house, to explain the background of this fine old building.

After proceeding to Te Puia, the Maori Cultural Centre, clients are given a personalised tour of the old pa site, through the thermal grounds (of boiling mud, geysers etc.) & shown the wood-carving school, flax-weaving & the kiwi bird. This is followed by a Maori Welcome onto the marae, before entering a meeting house for a performance by a Maori concert party.

A 3-course hangi (indigenous) lunch will then be enjoyed.

Owing to sailing times, it is normally then time to head back to Tauranga, via Pyes Pa Rd, which provides an opportunity to view different scenery on the return trip.

Clients will have a wine tasting at the prestigious family-owned Mills Reef Winery before travelling through the CBD & over the harbour bridge, and returning to ship-side.

While travelling, your driver/guide for the tour will give a commentary explaining points of interest.,

COST: Adult $280.00; (Includes Te Puia costs hangi lunch & Mills Reef wine tasting)

Minimum numbers 19 pax. Interpreter costs additional $80.00 hour (approx 8 hours ($640).

Maximum numbers 37 pax


- Local Tasting Tour, visiting a boutique brewery, two medal-winning wineries & finishing with a cocktail & dessert.

- Waitomo Tour to the world-renowned caves & Glow-worm Grotto

About Us

  • We aim to give a personal experience and to avoid the anonymity often felt on large coach tours
  • Although we have some set tours, we can customise a tour to ensure that you see and do exactly what you want
  • We are 100% New Zealand-owned and operated. Our professional driver/tour guides have an extensive knowledge of the areas covered, which ensures that their information is both interesting and informative. Their proficiency in the English language, combined with clear enunciation, ensures commentary quality.
  • We can pick you up from/return you to local accommodation, your cruise-ship at the Port of Tauranga, or further afield, if required.
  • Lyn & Paul Marston have owned and operated Tauranga Tasting Tours & Charters for over twelve years, and aim to give you an experience you won't forget - for the right reasons!.

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