TAURANGA CITY TOUR, MISSION ESTATE AND KIWI 360
Sightseeing, Cultural, Tasting
Board your coach on the port and take a short drive past the beautiful Mount Maunganui surf beach, over Tauranga Harbour Bridge to the Elms Mission House and Estate. Founded in 1835 by New Zealand's pioneer missionary, Archdeacon Brown in the middle of Tauranga, this historic building has been restored to its original style and enhanced with a fascinating library, a chapel, and is surrounded by beautifully manicured grounds. On arrival you will be taken for a 45 minute guided tour through the house, to learn about what it was like to life here in the 1800's, and view the original furnishings of the homestead. It was here that Maori of the area were given the opportunity to learn Christianity and were educated in reading and writing, amongst other domestic skills. Re-board your coach and depart through Tauranga City Centre for a 45 minute drive to Kiwi 360, a superb tourist attraction, which celebrates the popular kiwifruit, once known as the Chinese gooseberry', and its amazing health qualities. On arrival, a guide from Kiwi 360 complex will board your coach for a 45-minute private tour of the fruit orchards. Te Puke is renowned for its rich soil and fruit orchards. You will stop among the kiwifruit vines to hear about this iconic plant, and pass the facilities where over 1 million trays of kiwifruit are packed each year. In the horticulture theme area you see the main fruit and nuts grown in New Zealand, including nectarines, peaches, apples, pears, citrus, hazelnuts, almonds, macadamias, and avocados. At the conclusion of the orchard tour, you are welcomed into the café for delicious freshly made morning or afternoon tea, with a slice of fresh kiwifruit. Free time is provided to sample a selection of fruits, juices and liqueurs or browse for souvenirs and body lotions in the Kiwi 360 shop. The coach returns you to the shipside.
What you need to know
Please Note: Order of itinerary location may alter to suit passenger numbers. Passengers under the age of 18 years cannot be served alcohol.