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Long before the first Europeans arrived in the Bay of Plenty, Maori were drawn to the area by its easy access to the coast and its “fruit bowl” qualities. The region, with the major city of Tauranga and the popular Mount Maunganui, is blessed with a mild climate year-round, which enables produce such as kiwifruit and citrus to prosper. The vast harbour, islands and proximity to the open sea ensure that seafood is a local specialty. The region’s legendary beaches attract swimmers, surfers, families and beachcombers throughout the year.


Rotorua is the original tourist destination in New Zealand where in the 1800’s, Europeans would set sail and make the journey to New Zealand and then inland to Rotorua to view the marvellous Pink and White terraces, natural terraces that cascaded down the slopes of the volcano, Mount Tarawera, and were regarded as one of the wonders of the world.

In June 1886, a devastating eruption buried the entire region, wiped out villages and destroyed the Pink and White terraces forever. In their place, a lake called Lake Rotomahana was formed. It is one of 16 lakes in the Rotorua region all formed by past eruptions over the centuries. These forest fringed lakes are magnificent and provide many recreation and sightseeing options for locals and visitors alike.

Today Rotorua continues to attract visitors who come to marvel at the geothermal wonders of the district, meet and be entertained by the local Maori population and take part in the numerous outdoor adventure activities that the resort city is known for.

Arrival Port
Port of Tauranga

Channel Depth: 42.7 feet (13.0 metres)

Max LOA: 984.3 feet (300 metres)
Longer vessels by prior arrangement.

Max Draft Alongside:
Berth 1 – 32.2 feet (9.8 metres)
Other berths – up to 42.7 feet (13.0 Metres)

Shore Gangways: Six. Four @ 14 metres and two @ 12 metres.

Tidal Range: Tidal rise and fall is between 4.3 and 6.6 feet (1.3 and 2.0 metres)

Gateway to
Tauranga city and Rotorua

Distance to the city
6.7km (4.2 miles) to Tauranga city
78.4km (48.1miles) to Rotorua

Your cruise ship will berth less than 1km (0.6 miles) away from Mount Maunganui (also known as ‘The Mount’) which has everything you may need.

If you need to get to Tauranga city, you will need to catch a bus or a taxi which will take around 8 minutes.

Driving to Rotorua will take around 55 minutes.

Taxi Service
Tauranga Mount Taxis, +64 7 578 6086,
You may hire a taxi car for approximately NZD $80 per hour, or a van for approximately NZD$100 per hour.

Public Bus Service
You can catch the Bay Hopper to all parts of Tauranga city.
A day-pass will approximately cost NZD 6.30. Tickets can be purchased from the driver.

ATM machines/ Banks
ATM machines can be found in the Passenger Welcoming facility on the port and all around Mount Maunganui, Tauranga city and Rotorua city.

Shopping Hours
Mon-Wed: 9am to 5pm
Thu: 9am to 9pm (Bayfair only)
Fri: 9am to 6pm
Weekends: 10am to 4pm

Nearest Supermarket
New World Supermarket, 1 Tweed Street, Mount Maunganui, +64 7 572 7080

Nearest Internet Café

  • Mount Backpackers and Internet Café, 87 Maunganui Road, Mount Maunganui, +64 7 575 0860,
  • The Gateway Cyber Café, 50 Devonport Road, Tauranga, +64 7 571 1112,
  • Citycyber lounge, Wharf Street, Tauranga

Post Office

  • Mount Maunganui Post Shop, 155 Maunganui Road, Mount Maunganui, +64 7 574 3505
  • Tauranga Paper Plus, 17 Grey Street, Tauranga, +64 7 577 9911
  • Tauranga Post Shop, 536 Cameron Road, Tauranga, +64 7 571 1690

Summer: High of 73F (23°C), low of 57F (14°C);
Winter: High of 59F (15°C), low of 43F (6°C);
Average rainfall of 1200 mm and average sunshine of 2300 hours.

Mount Maunganui

Visitor Information
Passenger Welcoming facility, shipside, within the Port of Tauranga

What is Mount Maunganui known for?
Beaches, outdoor and water-based activities, sunshine and White Island (active marine volcano).

Attractions & Activities

  • Walk the base track of Mauao (Mount Maunganui) or hike to the summit for amazing 360º views of the Bay of Plenty. Allow 1 hour.
  • Walk the beautiful coastline, and enjoy the iconic Mount Maunganui Hot Salt Water Pools at the foot of the mountain

For more information on visitor attractions, visit


Visitor Information
Tauranga i-SITE, 95 Willow Street, +64 7 578 8103,

What is Tauranga known for?
Beaches, outdoor and water-based activities, sunshine, kiwifruit and White Island (active marine volcano).

Attractions & Activities

  • Visit culturally rich Matakana Island
  • Take a kiwifruit orchard tour in Te Puke at Kiwi 360
  • Visit the historic Elms Mission House

For more information on visitor attractions, visit


Visitor Information
Rotorua i-SITE, 1167 Fenton Street in the Historic Post Office building,

What is Rotorua known for?
A major tourism region with geothermal parks, spas, Maori culture, lakes, adventure activities and mountain biking.

Attractions & Activities

  • Thermal attractions at 6 geothermal parks
  • Geothermal spa bathing at Polynesian Spa
  • Kiwi at Rainbow Springs or Te Puia
  • Rafting with River Rats
  • Luging at Skyline Rotorua
  • Maori Culture at Te Puia

For views over Rotorua city or the lakes:

  • Skyline Rotorua – The top of the Gondola at Skyline Rotorua has views over Rotorua city and the lake.
  • Mount Tarawera – 100 metres past Buried Village on Tarawera Road is a lookout overlooking Lake Tarawera and Mount Tarawera.
  • Redwood Forest – A 20 minute walk from the information centre in the redwood forest will lead to a lookout over the forest and Lake Rotorua.

For more information on visitor attractions, visit

Destination Rotorua Marketing
Contact: Oscar Nathan, GM

Kiwi 360
Contact: Graeme Crossman, Managing Director

New Zealand Destination Management
Contact: Amanda Howard, Director

Port of Tauranga
Contact: Leonard Sampson, Commercial Manager

Rainbow Springs
Contact: Fraser Leddie, North Island GM at Ngai Tahu

Signature Chauffeur Services
Contact: Rose Christian, Director

Stay and Play – NZ Tourism Connections
Contact: Sophie Rainford, General Manager

Te Puia
Contact: Sean Marsh, Trade Marketing Manager

Contacts: Gordon Hewston and Keshleen Barnett

Tourism Bay of Plenty
Contact: Esther Goldsworthy, Cruise Manager

Contact: Justin Allan, Director

Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
Contact: Lori Keller, Managing Director

Whakarewarewa Thermal Village Tours
Contact: Renee Raimona, Marketing Manager

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