Tauranga (Rotorua), New Zealand
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Approximately 4¼ Hours
Heading out from Mount Maunganui, traverse the Tauranga Bridge en route to the historic Elms Mission House. This is 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).
A panoramic drive takes you through downtown Tauranga, crossing Tauranga Harbour to reach Te Puke (pronounced tay pookey) -- the kiwifruit ('kiwi') capital of the world.
Enjoy a drive through a stunning orchard and learn all about the endemic combination of climate and soils that are perfect for kiwifruit cultivation. Experience a magical sight through the vines.
At the local village community hall, you will enjoy a taste of the fresh green and gold kiwi, as well as juices and liqueurs. Enjoy a freshly-prepared morning snack and a chance to browse among kiwifruit-inspired gifts and souvenirs.
A relaxing scenic drive returns you to the port, passing numerous orchards and rolling farmland en route. The home stretch includes a drive along the magnificent Marine Parade, overlooking the Bay of Plenty.
Wear comfortable walking shoes.