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, www.taurangataxis.co.nz.
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.

Useful info

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

Post Office


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

For more information on visitor attractions, visit www.bayofplentynz.com.


Visitor Information
Tauranga i-SITE, 95 Willow Street, +64 7 578 8103, www.bayofplentynz.com

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

Attractions & Activities

For more information on visitor attractions, visit www.bayofplentynz.com.


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

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

Attractions & Activities

For views over Rotorua city or the lakes:

For more information on visitor attractions, visit www.rotoruaNZ.com.

Member Contacts

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