Kiwifruit & Tauranga Sights
Heading out from Mount Maunganui, traverse the Tauranga Bridge en route to the historic Elms Mission House--the oldest home in Tauranga--originally built for Archdeacon Brown in 1847.
Stroll with your guide through the Georgian-style home and spacious gardens, which are characterized by massive oak and chestnut trees and two towering Norfolk pines (once used as a navigation aid by early sailors).
Pass through downtown Tauranga, crossing Tauranga Harbour to Te Puke (pronounced tay pookey)--the kiwifruit capital of the world.
A visit to an orchard allows you to learn more about the journey of the juicy kiwifruit (‘kiwi’) we all know and love, finishing up with a tasting of delicious, fresh kiwifruit with succulent green or yellow flesh.
The relaxing and scenic drive back to port passes numerous orchards and rolling farmland.
The home stretch includes a drive along the magnificent Marine Parade, overlooking Ocean Beach and the Bay of Plenty.