Save money and experience the Bay of Plenty’s unspoiled beauty the way it was supposed to be seen. Step off your cruise ship and take a leisurely stroll down The Mall towards the once volatile Mount Maunganui. From there it is up to you. Is a vigorous hike to the top your idea of a great way to spend the day? Or is a massage at the saltwater hot pools more your speed? Perhaps you just want to sit at the foreshore and watch the clouds float by while the friendly locals treat you to their outstanding hospitality and hot coffee.
While catching a Hobbit is high on my list of things to do while docked in New Zealand, the handy infographic below will present you with 5 compelling reasons to forgo the shore tours inland. Tauranga, or more accurately, Mount Maunganui where Port Tauranga is located, is a unique blend of cosmopolitan tourism and laid back natural beauty. Everything in Maunganui is within walking distance and you can easily spend the day here for no more than the cost of a cup of coffee.
Don’t let yourself miss out on the wonders right outside your port hole.