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The seaside town of Tauranga, located in a region known as the Bay of Plenty, is an iconic holiday destination for generations of Kiwi’s.
Tauranga is located in a region known as The Bay of Plenty. This name was given to the area by Captain James Cook in 1769 when he took shelter from a storm during his first epic voyage through the Pacific. Having previously made landfall in Gisborne (he named that region Poverty Bay), Cook was struck by the obvious abundance of people and waka (canoes) along the coastline, as well as the numerous coastal villages and extensive gardens of kumara (sweet potato). Tauranga’s rich volcanic soil, sub-tropical climate and high sunshine hours make it the perfect place for growing some of the world’s healthiest fruit including the ubiquitous kiwifruit, avocados, olives, citrus fruits and even vanilla.
103,632 (2006 census)
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One hour south of Tauranga is Rotorua, one of New Zealand’s most famous cities. This fascinating place gets it effervescence (literally) from the region’s thermal wonders. Steam, boiling mud, hot springs and geysers pulsate from cracks in rocks. This remarkable thermal activity draws travellers from all over the world. Trout fishing, white water rafting, mountain biking and bushwalking are other popular pursuits.
A traditional meeting house (marae) is the focal point of Maori communities. Tauranga is the ideal place to visit an urban marae and learn about the fascinating Maori culture and how the modern Maori keep it alive.
The Mount Maunganui Hot Salt Water Pools are only a short 15-minute walk from the port gate. Many people choose to enjoy one of the stunning walkways up or around the mountain before taking a dip in the naturally heated springs. You will need your swimsuit. Towels can be hired from reception. Afterwards, enjoy a treat from one of the famous ice cream parlous, or indulge in some boutique shopping on your walk back to the ship.
Your ship will dock at Berth Number One at the Mount Maunganui Wharves.
Taxis are widely available in Tauranga and Rotorua. Mount Maunganui is within short walking distance.
The Bay of Plenty is not just a fruit bowl, it’s a produce bowl. To the east the waters are home to a variety of seafood. To the west, north and south are lush farmlands. The rivers also boast a healthy supply of trout. Sample creations by local chefs who skilfully make use of this abundant local produce to create mouth-watering culinary treats. You’ll find an array of restaurants, bars and cafes located along The Strand, which fronts the bay.
Quarantine authorities do not generally allow food such as fruit and vegetables, dairy and meat products and sandwiches to be taken off the ship however commercially packaged confectionery, chips and bottled drinking water are allowed subject to inspection.
Look for sheepskin products, for which New Zealand is famous. You’ll also find fantastic craftwork and local wines. If you’re on the lookout for Maori arts and crafts, make sure they’re authentic. The better pieces should be accompanied by a trademark toi iho symbol. There are three main shopping areas in Tauranga City. Mainstreet Mount Maunganui is an easy walk (one city block) from the port gate. Bayfair Shopping Centre is an indoor option featuring well-known brands (take a taxi or local bus). Downtown Tauranga features boutique and well known brands (take a taxi or shuttle).
Weather around the Bay of Plenty and Tauranga is generally mild. Inland it can get cooler.
Major credit cards and charge cards are widely accepted. Automatic teller machines are capable of providing currency to foreign card holders.
Public telephones and Internet cafe’s are available throughout Tauranga and Rotorua. Mobile coverage is generally available as long as global roaming is selected prior to leaving home.
To make your day ashore as enjoyable as possible, please wear comfortable flat soled shoes, layered clothing (to allow for changes in temperature) and a hat. You are also advised to bring sunscreen, bottled water, a warm jacket in winter, and an umbrella on overcast days.
There are a range of tours available for you to really get the most out of your time in Tauranga. Tours can be booked onboard at the shore tours desk and are subject to availability. Passengers are required to meet at a specific location for each shore tour departure. Please refer to your tour ticket for the correct time and place.
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