Going ashore in Tauranga, New Zealand

Going ashore in Tauranga

The city of Tauranga is situated in the North Island of New Zealand and it is Bay of Plenty’s main centre. It is located on a spectacular harbour, which provides an attractive waterfront setting for walking and biking during sunny days.

Walking inside the terminal is not allowed, but a very helpful shuttle bus service is available 24/7 and it can be called upon for rides to the gate. If the port is not very crowded, the shuttle bus driver can offer you a ride to the city centre or to the Seaman’s Club which is located over the bridge, opposite the port.

Tauranga Bridge

From the club, you can continue your walk towards Mount Maunganui, the most popular summer resort and tourist attraction where cruise vessels dock during the season.

Maunganui Mountain

Maunganui waterfront

For a day visit, downtown Tauranga offers a rich and vibrant cultural, shopping and dining experience. If your time in the city is short, you can enjoy a very nice stroll along the streets, along the waterfront and have a nice dinning experience at one of the many restaurants lined along the main street.

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If you want to admire some of the best local art exhibitions in town, you can pay a visit to the Cargo Shed or to the Tauranga Art Gallery. The Cargo Shed offers a truly authentic New Zealand experience that will give you a taste of what it means to be a local. (Open hours: Summer 1 Oct- 30 April open 7 days 10am- 4pm ; Winter hours 1st May- 30 Sept open Sat& Sunday 10 am – 4 pm).

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Some other examples of street art can be admired throughout the city.

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Useful information

I-CITE Visitor Information Centre is your first stop for information and reservation for activities and attractions. You will also find a great range of souvenirs to purchase;

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– During the week-end, the banks are closed and the only exchange office you will find in Maunganui Shopping Mall. All the shops and restaurant accept credit cards and some small souvenirs shops can offer you the possibility to pay in other currencies (US$ or Euros), but the exchange rate is very low. There are some withdraw money machines in town where you can use your card to take out local currency;

– The best place to eat fish is the Fish Market restaurant, located on the waterfront. You can choose from a great display of fresh fish or you can have the cheapest fish meal of your life – fish of the day – for only ~ 7 NZ$;

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– The Seamen’s Club is located on the other side of the harbour and it is open from Monday to Friday, between 11 am and 9 pm and during the week-ends from 2 pm to 9 pm;

– The local Public Library offers free internet access and it is open from Monday to Friday, between 9 am and 6 pm.

2 Responses to Going ashore in Tauranga, New Zealand

  1. Jan says:

    Oana thankyou so much for going to the trouble to provide all this wonderful information. We have just completed a freighter voyage to Australia and New Zealand and your guide to each port was very helpful. I found all the information and advice you gave was still relevant and I have to agree with you that the berthing and departure from Napier is an amazing experience to watch.

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