Welcome to Mt Maunganui

Maunganui means 'big mountain', so Mt Maunganui is a rather strange name (Mt Big Mountain?), especially considering that: a) it's not that big; and, b) its actual Māori name is Mauao, meaning ‘caught by the dawn’.

Sunseekers flock to the Mount in summer, served by a cluster of high-rise apartment towers studding the spit. On the ocean side, long lovely Main Beach is popular with both surfers and swimmers, or you can cut across to the harbour side for a gentle dip at Pilot Bay Beach.

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Mt Maunganui activities

$52.60 Shore Excursions

Tauranga, Elms Mission Station, Mt Maunganui with Port Pickup

Enjoy a 3 hour taste of our home town with the most experienced independent Shore Excursion team in Tauranga. This interesting and compact smaller-group tour is perfect for those who want to get a feel for how this city ticks, and will get you to places you won’t be able to explore on your own. Our local guide will ensure a great morning on this popular local trip.Highlights include: • Step back in time at the Elms Mission Station (with tour included!). This is one of New Zealand’s most important historic buildings, and is Tauranga’s oldest colonial structure. Explore the tranquil gardens and learn how the Mission shaped the formation of Tauranga. • Imagine a fierce war at the Gate Pa Battle Site. An important and fascinating part of Tauranga’s history – this is where British forces fought local Maori in 1864, and came off second best! • Relish the chance to take home some famous Manuka honey when we stop at a local honey shop. • Explore a kiwifruit orchard to see how these furry icons are grown in New Zealand. The Bay of Plenty area produces 80% of New Zealand’s kiwifruit crop, and you even have the chance to purchase a kiwifruit icecream in the orchard shop (extra cost). • Grab a panoramic photo of the Bay of Plenty from the Minden lookout. On a good day you will be able to see your ship sitting far below in the harbour. • Admire the harbour and beaches that draw so many tourists to the region. See million-dollar beachfront houses overlooking one of the nation’s best surf beaches at Mt Maunganui.About us:Our team has been delivering world-class Shore Excursions for over 16 years. It all started with owner Ian - one man and a beloved Rolls Royce car. Today, the number of vehicles and tours has changed, but the philosophy hasn’t – every customer is treated like one of the family, and we will make sure you have an unforgettable day. We have over 100 years combined tour guiding experience so you know you are in capable hands (and if you’re lucky you may even get to travel with Ian – he still loves to get behind the wheel!).Travel in a modern, air conditioned vehicle with a passionate local as your host. We specialise in small groups to allow an intimate and personalised experience. Every tour is guided and commentated from start to finish - our guides delight in showing off our little corner of the world. And, we guarantee to have you back to the ship on time!

$105.20 Shore Excursions

Rotorua Whakarewarewa Cultural Experience with Hangi Lunch

I am your guide and driver for this your special day. When you travel with Corporate Tours , you always travel with me. I have a real passion to engage with my passengers regardless of young and old, and I do hold all of the necessary licenses and insurances and are Qualmark qualified. I will be standing holding a sign with your name on it outside the Tauranga Port gates,(a short walk from your ship gangway) I will have informed you of the meeting time prior, usually about 8.30 - 9.00am. Then once we are all in our 12 seater, comfortable, air-conditioned mini coach, we will begin our day. I will comentate during the day and we will have plenty of toilet stops and lots of photo shoots. There is chilled bottled water on board for your use. First up we drive past the Mt Maunganui beaches, regarded as the best surf beach in the country, then on to Te Puke ( the Kiwifruit Capital of the world ),where we stop at a Kiwifruit orchard and get up close under the vines,great photo shoots. After we then travel through the Radiata pine forest to Rotorua. First Lake Rotoiti and The Okeri Falls, the tallest commercially rafted waterfall in the Southern Hemisphere, and the amazing California Redwoods. Whakarewarewa, Rotorua's Living Maori Village is our main attraction today, and entry fees are included in your ticket You will be guided through the village by one of the 'Whaka' guides who will tell you all the stories of the history of the village. You will see 'Pohutu' the tallest geyser in the Southern  Hemisphere, boiling mudpools, boiling hot water pools and the Maori Culture Concert and of course the Hangi Lunch all included! We will be at Whakarewarewa for two hours or so. After that we drive through Rotorua City ,past Lake Rotorua,through the Government Gardens where we see Rachel's Pool(212 degrees boiling alkaline mineral water), The Polynesian Spa Pool where I am able to take you right in to see the mineral spa pools, renown for the treatment of Arthritis and Rheumatism. Then to  Kuirau Park to see more, but different boiling mud, and the very hot  Taokahu Lake and maybe a foot bathe There are other sites that we could see but time does regulate them The beauty of my tours is that I am flexible to what we see and at a pace that will suit you. You will have a good day This tour is 6 to 7 hours and we usually travel back to Tauranga a different route to show off other country-side  A lways back in plenty of time before your ship departure