Tauranga (Rotorua), New Zealand
Kiwifruit & Tauranga Sights
Local Sightseeing, All
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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.