Tauranga, New Zealand
Tauranga is a thriving waterside city in the Bay of Plenty region, a picturesque natural harbour in New Zealand’s North Island. It’s the fastest growing city in all of New Zealand, well loved as a centre of business, trade, entertainment and fashion.
The city itself is a thriving cultural hub, with a wide variety of cafes, restaurants, pubs, nightclubs, galleries and unique retail experiences ready to tantalise you. For the more adventurous, a vibrant natural wonderland waits just outside the city limits. The waters in the Bay of Plenty are internationally renowned for deep-sea fishing, surf breaks and wreck and reef dive sites. Head inland and you’ll find pristine subtropical forests, waterfalls and geothermal springs.
The city is no stranger to cruise travellers. Over 80 cruise ships berth in Tauranga each year, bringing around 200,000 eager passengers to explore the natural and cultural wonders of the Bay of Plenty region.
The Port of Tauranga is located in the seaside suburb of Mount Maunganui. Most cruise ships berth at Salisbury Wharf, which is only 200 metres from the best shopping and dining precincts Mount Maunganui has to offer. Tauranga itself is within easy reach by car, taxi or bus service.
Despite being New Zealand’s largest shipping and export port, the facilities at Port of Tauranga and in nearby Mount Maunganui are perfectly suited to welcome travelling cruise passengers.
- Public toilets
- Cafes, restaurants, post office and other business facilities within a short walk from the terminal
- Visitor centre for transport and tour bookings
- Friendly local ambassadors with visitor guides, maps and tourist information.
Taxi and public bus services are within close proximity of the terminal, ensuring easy access to Tauranga and other sites in the Bay of Plenty. A wide range of accommodation is available in Mount Maunganui and Tauranga.
How To Get Around
There are a number of simple options available from Port of Tauranga that connect cruise travellers to all locations in the Bay of Plenty. Buses leave from the i-Site Visitor Centre every fifteen minutes. The i-Site Visitor Centre also has information on the local car hire and taxi services.
Travel times from the port:
Travel to Mount Maunganui:
- It is a ten minute walk to all areas of interest in Mount Maunganui.
Travel to Tauranga:
- It is a 10 minute journey to Tauranga by car
- It is a 30 minute journey by bus, with services leaving every 15 minutes.
Travel to Rotorua:
- It is a 1 hour journey to Rotorua by car
- It is a 2 hour journey by bus and train, with two services leaving each day.
- Currency - the local currency is the New Zealand dollar. Coins come in $1 and $2, and 10, 20 and 50 cent denominations. Notes come in $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100 denominations.
- Time Zone - Tauranga is on New Zealand Standard Time, which is 12 hours ahead of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC).
- Weather - Tauranga enjoys a moderate subtropical climate with warm summers and mild winters. The temperature can reach up to 24 degrees Celsius in summer and can get as low as 6 degrees Celsius in winter. Rain is a fairly consistent companion in Tauranga, with light, scattered showers on most days.
- Mount Maunganui - Enjoy breath-taking views of the ocean, Tauranga and the surrounding farmland from the top of Mount Maunganui. Known as The Mount by the locals, this extinct volcano rises 232 metres above sea level and features a number of walking trails that suit all fitness levels.
- Historic Village on 17th - Just 10 minutes from the Tauranga CBD, Historic Village on 17th is a unique shopping experience housed in a collection of Tauranga’s historic buildings. Wander the cobbled streets and explore the art galleries, clothing and jewellery stores, theatres and many wonderful cafes and restaurants.
- Hobbiton - Relive the magic of Middle Earth at Hobbiton, home of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings movie sets. A half hour drive from Tauranga, Hobbiton features the Hobbit Holes and other beautiful parts of The Shire, all specifically built for the films. A variety of full and half day guided tours are available, including transport to the site.
- Matakana Island - Hire a kayak or catch the ferry across the bay to beautiful, pine-covered Matakana Island. The island’s surf side is a nesting site for many sea birds including the endangered New Zealand dotterel, and is well known as one of the best breaks for surfing in all of New Zealand.