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Tauranga: Evening Glow Worm Kayak Tour

1. Tauranga: Evening Glow Worm Kayak Tour

Try a unique glow worm kayak tour, complete with refreshments, beautiful scenery, fantastic birdlife, and glow worms. Travel over the night waters in Lake McLaren with your guide to take in the glow worms in action. Snack on New Zealand cheeses and other refreshments along the edge of Lake McLaren. Your experienced kayak guide will prepare and brief you on how to kayak effectively before launching you onto picturesque Lake McLaren at twilight. See constellations of glow worms as your guide leads you into the canyon at the top of the lake and learn about the life cycles and peculiarities of this fascinating creature along the way.

From Tauranga: Half-Day Swimming with Dolphins Tour

2. From Tauranga: Half-Day Swimming with Dolphins Tour

Step aboard a specially designed dolphin-viewing vessel and embark on a wild encounter with the ocean's most captivating creatures. Upon meeting the experienced crew at the marina, you'll venture into the open ocean in search of common dolphins and other wildlife. The knowledgeable crew will provide safety briefings and share fascinating facts about the marine environment throughout the entire day, ensuring an informative and enjoyable experience. Immerse yourself in the beauty of the common dolphins thriving in their natural habitat. The Bay of Plenty, home to a diverse range of marine life including dolphins, whales, turtles, and New Zealand fur seals, promises an unforgettable adventure out on the open ocean. With our expert crew on board, you have a great chance of encountering and respectfully observing various marine life forms in their element. Join us for an unforgettable experience in the wild, where the wonders of the sea come to life.

Tauranga: Mount Maunganui Harbour Sightseeing Cruise

3. Tauranga: Mount Maunganui Harbour Sightseeing Cruise

Explore Tauranga Harbour on a sightseeing cruise of New Zealand's largest natural harbor. Marvel at views of Mount Maunganui, search for NZ fur seals and sea birds and enjoy a beach visit on Matakanka Island. Board The Kewpie, a 70-year-old ferry made from native Kauri trees, The Kewpie which boasts an interesting history in New Zealand waters. The 52ft boat has two levels and a licensed bar for a comfortable cruise around Tauranga Harbour. While cruising look out for the Statue of Tangaroa, untouched white sandy beaches, lush green forests, and islands, contrasted by the massive developed port infrastructure. Keep on the lookout for seasonal wildlife on your harbor cruise such as blue penguins, sea birds, or adorable NZ fur seals. Stay on board or disembark to explore Matakana Island. The island's white sandy beach is a favorite spot for beach walks, fishing, swimming, and picnics.

Okere Falls: Zipline over Waterfalls Experience

4. Okere Falls: Zipline over Waterfalls Experience

Are you ready to soar over waterfalls, zoom through pristine native forests, and be enlightened through a hands-on cultural and ecological experience in Okere Falls, Rotorua? If so, then Rotorua Ziplines has you covered. Suitable for a wide range of ages and abilities, a network of ziplines, swing bridges, and boardwalks will have you in awe for 2.5 hours as you fly, walk and gaze at the stunning taiao (Environment) that is Ōkere. Born through an intimate connection with the Ōkere Awa (Kaituna River), this joint venture between Ngāti Hinerangi and Rotorua Rafting’s Ōkere Falls born and bred, Sam Sutton, has been created to showcase its mauri (spirit) and importance with Aotearoa’s soon to be premier zipline experience. End the experience with a tree in your name as the Rotorua Ziplines reforestation project plant it's way towards 100,000 native trees by the end of 2025 to see Ōkere Falls thrive for generations to come.

From Tauranga: Skydive over Mount Maunganui

5. From Tauranga: Skydive over Mount Maunganui

Start your adventure with a flight capturing the breathtaking views of Mount Maunganui and its golden beaches expanding as far as the eye can see. Higher up, you'll be able to see White Island, Mount Ruapehu, the Rotorua Lakes, The Coromandel, and Mount Taranaki. The flight will last 20-25 minutes, so there is plenty of time to take it all in. Once at 12,000 or 15,000 feet in the sky, jump out of the plane on a tandem skydive, falling to the earth at over 200km/hour. After some time to feel the adrenaline as you freefall, enjoy a peaceful parachute ride back to base.

From Tauranga: Dolphin and Wildlife Cruise

6. From Tauranga: Dolphin and Wildlife Cruise

Meet at the Tauranga waterfront jetty and board your vessel. Relax as you leave the city behind and spend the cruise exploring the pristine Bay of Plenty waters. Chance to see seasonal seabirds, penguins, seals, whales, sunfish, school fish, sharks, orca, and even turtles. Passenger numbers are limited for comfort and to enable a more personal experience. The large spacious custom built boat is also ideal for families. The Captain and experienced crew will be more than happy to share their marine knowledge with you and will provide fascinating commentary and point out all that they see so you won’t miss a thing. You can also enjoy a drink from the onboard bar as you relax and soak up the sun. Don’t forget your camera as you are able to get up close to wildlife, making it a photographers dream for those once in a lifetime snaps. You will return to Tauranga by 2:00, giving you the rest of the day to explore this beautiful region. Rest assured, we are Qualmark acredited, with silver status.

Tauranga: Guided Glowworm Tour in a Canoe

7. Tauranga: Guided Glowworm Tour in a Canoe

Join a glowworm tour on Lake McLaren, just a short 25-minute drive from Tauranga's CBD, to experience a mix of adventure and natural marvels. Sit back and immerse yourself in the breathtaking scenery, diverse birdlife, and captivating world of glowworms, all from the comfort of a spacious Big Kanu. Begin the journey by launching the Big Kanu boat from the serene lakeside, setting out on a peaceful paddle toward the head of the lake. Depart just before sunset to witness the full splendor of the radiant display. As darkness envelops the narrow, high-sided canyon, feast your eyes on the luminescent glow. Glide through the tranquil waters, surrounded by thousands of glowworms twinkling like stars in the night sky. Along the way, gain fascinating insights into the life cycle and characteristics of these bioluminescent creatures from your guide.

Tauranga: Guided Dolphin and Wildlife Watching Cruise

8. Tauranga: Guided Dolphin and Wildlife Watching Cruise

Meet at the strand waterfront jetty and board your vessel. Relax as you leave the city behind and spend the cruise exploring the pristine Bay of Plenty coastline and islands. Watch seasonal seabirds, penguins, seals, whales, sunfish, school fish, sharks, orca, and even turtles. Passenger numbers are limited for comfort and to enable a more personal experience. The large spacious boat is ideal for families. The Captain and experienced crew will be more than happy to share their marine knowledge with you, providing fascinating commentary and point out all that they see so you won’t miss a thing. You can also enjoy a drink from the onboard bar as you relax and soak up the sun. Don’t forget your camera as you are able to get up close to wildlife, making it a photographers dream for those once in a lifetime snaps. You will return by 2:00, giving you the rest of the day to explore this beautiful region, the Bay of Plenty, or continue your travels.

Tauranga: Scenic Lake Mclaren Kayak Tour

9. Tauranga: Scenic Lake Mclaren Kayak Tour

A scenic paddle upon the Lake McLaren is a must-do whilst you are visiting Tauranga!  You will be transported from the meeting point directly to the tour launch site. Your experienced kayak guide will prepare and brief you on how to kayak effectively before taking you to picturesque Lake McLaren. Gently paddle a kayak past a multitude of birdlife, literally within paddles' reach. Sheer cliffs break the stark lush native bush as gentle streams enter the lake's edge.  Kayak into the stunning Mangapapa canyon with water as deep as the cliffs on the sides, where the native bush appears to touch and form a cave.  This is a fully guided scenic kayak tour at an easy pace.  All equipment is provided, and a moderate level of fitness is required. The tour includes transport from the meeting point to the tour launch site and return.

Tauranga Self-Guided Audio Tour

10. Tauranga Self-Guided Audio Tour

Download a vibrant MP3 self-guided audio tour combined with a fully detailed map of the area of your tour. Immerse yourself in the historic and picturesque city of Tauranga, the arrival point of the Māori in New Zealand. In this audio tour, you will explore the beautiful waterfront and hear the tales of how the Māori crossed the Pacific Ocean in the Arawa Canoe. Visit the Monmouth Redoubt with its old cannon to learn about the battles between the natives and the European colonists at The Elms Missionary. You will also see the Strand, Robbins Park, the Mission Cemetery, the Tauranga Domain Wharepai Reserve, the Old Post Office, the Art Gallery and Brian Watkins House. A diverse and interesting tour with lots of Māori history, myths and legends. This tour takes the frustration out of not knowing what to do, where to go or how to get there. Your tour. Your way.

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What people are saying about Tauranga

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 136 reviews

As 2 more senior zip liners with a group of 7 we were made to feel very inclusive and our experience was made very enjoyable by tour guides Amber and Seb!

The captain is very good. I missed the time on the first day, and there are plans to attend again the next day. That's great. I saw many dolphins!!!

It was an amazing experience and you could actually see a lot of glow worms. Our tour guides Lucy and Tom did a great job!

Lifetime experience… speechless… star gazing to the next level

Saw lots of dolphins and a few penguins. Good memories.