Explore the big blue

Tauranga’s harbour glistens under sunny skies all year round and is your gateway to the wider Pacific Ocean. Thousands of boats, yachts and ships of all shapes and sizes set sail from here – and you can jump on board too.

You’ll find a wide selection of boat cruises to enjoy in Te Moananui ā Toi ׀ Coastal Bay of Plenty, including multiple opportunities to see dolphins and other marine wildlife up close. Relax aboard these spacious and well-equipped vessels and keep your eyes peeled for seabirds, penguins, seals, whales, sunfish, sharks, orca and even turtles.

If you’re visiting Whakatāne, it’s well worth taking a trip out to the pest-free oasis of Moutohorā (Whale Island) which is home to many rare and endangered plants, birds and reptiles.

Shorter sightseeing excursions are also available within Tauranga Harbour’s bounds, giving you a close-up look at Matakana Island, the city’s CBD, Mount Maunganui’s Pilot Bay and New Zealand’s largest export port in full swing. Many boat cruise operators offer food and beverages on board so pack your sunglasses, a wind-proof jacket and your sense of adventure.