a VirtualTourist member from Lafayette asked on Jan 5, 2014
hello! we'll be on a cruise ship and one of the stops is tauranga.
any recommendations on what to see and do there?
Many people take off on buses to Rotorua to see the Maori culture and volcanic stuff. But I like to recommend staying right where you are. You actually berth at a town/port called Mount Maunganui. Within walking distance are some nice cafes, a harbour bay and a sea surf beach, oh and we'll thrown in a volcano to climb as well :-) Depending on how energetic you feel, you can wither walk around the volcano which is nearly fully surrounded by sea. The Mount is at the end of an isthmis. Or you can climb up The Mount, via a fairly easy moderately steep walking track. No rock climbing needed. The views from up there are wonderful in all directions. Surrounded by sea/harbour and views both up and down the coastline with a few islands to see.
I have some more information and photos on my page: [original VT link]
Be sure to check the "travelogues" at the bottom of the page.
I visit often, don't live so far away. Enjoy your visit !! I like to take coffee/lunch in the cafes facing the surf beach, but there are more in the mainstreet which is a few blocks back, between the harbour and the surfbeach.
We were there in Dec. 2011. I contacted [email]. We arranged a private tour that picked us up at the port. This is a description of the ROTORUA day tour: the renowned Thermal attractions--steam vents, boiling water, and boiling mud pools, Te Puia geyser, kiwi house, Maori carving and weaving centres. Te Puia also provides a cultural performance in a Maori meeting house (good show). The Tour is very scenic and takes you inland in the North Island with visits to Okere Falls, Lakes and the Government gardens. Returning on a different route it often stops at a kiwi fruit orchard. Write to them for more information and current costs. We enjoyed the day tour.