If New Zealand’s Bay of Plenty region is on your bucket list, then you might consider taking a cruise that visits Tauranga. This rapidly-growing city is brimming with sunny beaches, scenic summits, museums, and a fabulous arts scene! Plus, you will discover endless opportunities to snorkel, scuba dive, kayak, or dolphin-watch! You’ll never go hungry in Tauranga, as there are many delicious restaurants, bars, and cafes in town where you can enjoy a wide variety of international cuisine.
A great time to visit Tauranga is during the region’s summer, which takes place between December and February.
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The following cruise destinations can be visited on a cruise that includes Tauranga. Select a destination to view the upcoming cruises that are available:
The following cruise lines offer cruises sailing to Tauranga. Select a cruise line to view the upcoming cruises that visit Tauranga:
These cruise lines fit (quality and, usually, price-wise) somewhere in between Premium and Luxury cruise lines.
A country club casual atmosphere can be expected on these lines, as can be elegant accommodations and gourmet cuisine. These cruise lines are a great option for adults looking for a upscale, yet laid back, vacation.
Unique itineraries are often available on these cruise lines, as their small-to-mid-sized ships can visit ports of call that large ones can't get to.
The pricing on Azamara Club Cruises includes select beverages and pre-paid gratuities, while the pricing of Viking Ocean Cruises includes shore excursions and select beverages.
Value is a key feature of these popular cruise lines, as they offer lots of activities, entertainment and dining options, along with a variety of stateroom types. Some of the cruise lines in this category have ships with unique innovations like water slides, rock-climbing walls, ice-skating rinks, surfing simulators, bowling alleys, and boardwalks.
Their ships are usually anywhere from mid-sized to very large "mega" ships, accommodating thousands of guests. These ships give the feel of being in a large resort.
Mainstream cruise lines are a great option for just about everyone (including multi-generation families, and first-time cruisers), and typically have great youth programs.
During the cruise, entertainment may include Broadway productions, Vegas-style shows, comedians, and music. Some of these lines have select formal nights during the cruise. Specialty restaurants are becoming more and more common (some which have a cover charge for this type enhanced dining experience). Buffets are usually available throughout the day, besides room service, and the main dining room(s).
These cruise lines enhance what mainstream cruise lines typically offer, by providing their guests with higher quality service and cuisine, along with more spacious public spaces and accommodations.
Depending on the cruise line, the ships in this class range in size from small to very large.
These cruise lines appeal to a more discerning traveler, and are typically more expensive than mainstream cruise lines, but more affordable than the luxury lines.
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On a luxury cruise line, guests experience highly personalized service, a more intimate (and usually formal) onboard experience, gourmet cuisine, well-appointed accommodations, and fantastic amenities. Many of these brands have smaller ships, allowing them to reach ports of call that the larger ships can't, which results in unique itineraries.
All of these brands feature a version of all-inclusive pricing, and some of them have ships with all-suite accommodations. Although these cruise lines are usually more expensive than the rest, they also provide their guests with so much more, resulting in a fantastic value when considering all that's included.
These cruise lines offer a truly unique vacation experience, with a wide range of possible amenities and itineraries. Some are expedition cruise lines, others have sailing yachts or are coastal ships.
On these types of cruise lines, there's usually a focus on a specific destination or theme. Itineraries are usually very destination intensive, aided by the fact that they're able to reach many ports of call that larger ships can't.
Expedition cruise lines are a great fit for adventure-seeking travelers, featuring exciting destinations like the Galapagos Islands, Antarctica, and the Norwegian coast. During the cruise, there will usually be plenty of interesting lectures given by experts on the destination being visited. Often, shore excursions are included in the cost of the cruise. In fact, some of these cruise lines have all-inclusive pricing. There's a definite focus on the ship's surrounding scenery, as well as opportunities to view wildlife in their natural habitat. Small, but comfortable, ships are commonplace here, with anywhere from basic to very luxurious public spaces, cuisine, and accommodations (depending on the cruise line and ship).
Sailing Yachts, sail-assisted motor ships, offer a really unique vacation experience. Accommodations and cuisine on these intimate vessels can be anywhere from good to fantastic, depending on the cruise line. Destinations offered by these cruise lines may include the Caribbean, Europe, Panama Canal, Tahiti, and Costa Rica.
These are just a few of the more popular tourist attractions in Tauranga, along with a brief description:
♦ Waimarino Adventure Park
If kayaking, swimming, and jumping on trampolines excites you, then you are certain to love Waimarino Adventure Park. This incredible water park is built right into the Wairoa River and features thrilling activities such as a hydro-slide, canoeing, kayaking (don’t miss evening kayaking with the glow worms), swimming, rope swings, a water trampoline, and much more! In fact, there are so many fun activities that you’ll never run out of something to do! Other amenities of this park include shaded areas, BBQ pits, picnic benches, restrooms, locks, and more. This is a wonderful place for families, but travelers of all ages can tap into their inner-child and make some unforgettable memories!
♦ Kaiate Falls
Those who want to take a walk to a waterfall will get much more than expected at Kaiate Falls in Tauranga. These impressive waterfalls feature natural pools where you jump in (from a rope swing, if desired) for a cool, refreshing dip. During the hike to get to these waterfalls, you’ll have the chance to spot a variety of wildlife, including birds, trees, and more. After an extensive period of rainfall, Kaiate Falls is especially a sight to behold!
A bit far from the city center (but certainly still worth a visit) is Wai-O-Taipu, a breathtaking geothermal park! If you’re fascinated by science and the Earth, you are sure to love this attraction. During your visit, you can learn more about thermal springs and minerals, view geysers, admire colorful pools filled with minerals that give it vibrancy, explore volcanic craters, and check out mud pools, among more! This is a wonderful family activity, as it is both fun and educational. Guided tours are available, or you can opt to explore on your own.
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