The city of Tauranga is situated on the eastern Bay of Plenty at the head of a big harbour, protected by Matakana Island. The word Tauranga comes from Maori, and is roughly translated to "sheltered anchorage". Tauranga is the centre of a vast citrus and sub tropical fruit-growing area. It is also a favourite base for deep-sea anglers. The major port for the region, Mt Maunganui, is across the harbour, where cruise ships dock. It's also the prime overseas outlet for timber industry established in the centre of North Island. Mt Maunganui offers hotwater salt pools, excellent surf beaches, shops, and walks up the Mount, all within walking distance.
Tauranga itself is not quite interesting but Compass Community Foundation and Elms Mission House are worth a visit. However, Tauranga is nearly 86 km from Rotorua where tourists can visit Te Puia (Thermal Reserve). On the way cruisers can see the Kiwi farms or try white water rafting on difficult Wairoa or Kaituna Rivers. Rangitaiki River provides easier rides.
In the 1830s an Anglican mission was established in Tauranga; the community then developed as a port and defence post against Maori. In 1864 it was the site of the Battle of Gate Pa during New Zealand Wars.
Highlights: Mt Maunganui, Rotarua Thermal Reserve, Rafting
The Tauranga cruise port map is interactive. It shows the port's exact location, along with the real-time cruise ship traffic (if any) in its vicinity - today, and right now. By zooming-out you can see other cruise ship ports located near Tauranga, New Zealand.
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Port Tauranga cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Tauranga, New Zealand. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
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12 October, 2016
31 October, 2016