Cruising into the Port of Tauranga Experience
Tauranga is sure to be a highlight of your cruise around New Zealand. Our beautiful beachside city has it all – fantastic tours, action and adventure, art, culture, boutique shopping, delicious food and one of the best beaches in the country to sit in the sunshine and relax.
Our port is also your gateway to Rotorua and the Hobbiton film set. If you want to experience New Zealand’s renowned Maori culture or geothermal wonders, this is the place to do it.
After entering Tauranga Harbour and passing by our iconic mountain, Mauao, you will berth at Mount Maunganui (one of Tauranga’s largest suburbs). Tauranga’s CBD is a 10 minute drive away over the Tauranga Harbour Bridge and shuttles will be available port-side throughout the day. But there’s also plenty of shops, cafes, restaurants and activities within walking distance at Mount Maunganui itself.
At the Port of Tauranga you’ll be able to walk straight off your ship and return as often as you like during the day. Just remember to take photo ID with you (such as your passport or driver’s licence) to show port security staff when you return.
Our team of friendly local ambassadors will be on hand to welcome you off your ship and help with any questions you may have (just look for their blue jackets!). Our port-side information centre is the best place to book tours, grab local maps, ask for directions and get advice on what to do here.
We’ve done the hard work for you and put together a big list of tours and local activities you can enjoy close to port. Feel free to browse this website for plenty of ideas about what to do while you’re here. You’ll also find lots of useful information on what to expect when you disembark.
You can book a wide range of tours and activities that will take you right across our region.
To view our cruise excursion brochures, we have two currently available:
Please note - if you want to visit Rotorua or Hobbiton, near Matamata, you’ll need to book a tour as there’s no public transport available to these inland destinations.
Tauranga is one of the most picturesque ports in New Zealand and we want your time here to be a memorable one.