Top 5 Things To Do In Tauranga By Sea or Air

Mount Maunganui and the Tauranga region is often overlooked by travelers driving from Auckland to Hobbiton and on to Rotorua.

There are lots of things to see and plenty to do right here in our little slice of local paradise

The fact is Tauranga and the Mount has a lot to offer, from dolphin safaris to White Island helicopter flights, and yes, you can get to White Island in comfort and at speed from Tauranga Airport!

So what are the most popular activities, and opportunities to see the best of the coastal region in the Bay Of Plenty?

Tauranga and Mount Maunganui By Sea

1. Bay Explorer and Kewpie Cruises

“Its all about connecting people with the ocean environment, the wildlife, and providing fun activities. We have proved we run a professional crew, an awesome experience, new adventures and memorable moments aboard our awesome vessel BAY EXPLORER.”Brandon Stone, Owner, Bay Explorer

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Bay Explorer Island & Wildlife Cruise

$150.00 6 - 8 hrs Depart Strand Tauranga
Bay Explorer connects you to the amazing aquatic world. Revel in open space, fresh air and the adventure of a real ocean safari experience. Bay Explorer Island & Wildlife Cruise Corner The Strand & Wharf Street Tauranga, 3141

2. Waimarino Kayak Tours – BIG Kanu Glow Worm Tour

This tour is great fun allowing you to appreciate the beautiful scenery, birdlife and glow worms from your seat in our Big Kanu.
Taking place at Lake McLaren, it is only a 25 minute drive from Tauranga’s CBD. Launch the Big Kanu from the lakes edge and paddle together through the calm waters towards the head of the lake.

Big Kanu Kayak

3. Wildside Adventures Moutohora Island Sailing Snorkeling Cruise

Sail by large 12 person catamaran to waters of Moutohora Island a wildlife reserve home to endangered birds, seals and penguins. Snorkel the pristine waters surrounding the Island looking at the various marine life. Finish off with a hot soak or swim at Moutohora Islands very own hotwater beach.

Snorkelling Cruise

4. Tauranga And Mount Maunganui By Air

Check our Adventure Helicopters local scenic flights, from 12 to 40 minutes. We can take you for a birds eye tour of the Mount, and around our beautiful beaches. If you wish to extend your aerial adventure, you can go for lunch at Waihi or even Pauanui for a peek at the stunning Coromandel peninsula.

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Pauanui Sandy Lunch and a Swim Helicopter Scenic Flight

$980.00 4 hours including Flight and Pauanui Time Bell 427 or Bell 206 depending on numbers
Fly from Tauranga over The Mount along the Matakana coast passing Waihi Beach and Whangamata Bay to one of the jewels of the Coromandel, Pauanui and Slipper Island. Stop for lunch at a local café or a lodge retreat and have a dip in the sea. $980pp nearly 4 hours with a leisurely lunch and swim, 2 hours on site.

Mount Magic Scenic Flights
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Mount Magic Scenic Helicopter Flight

$130.00 Approx 10 Min Depart TGA Airport
A peek at the Bay and thrill of a chopper ride, taking in views of the city, Mount Maunganui and glorious sandy beaches. BOOK BELOW or see our popular Surf Safari or Bay Explorer packages to see a little more of the area: [wt_table style="2" ids="14936,14939"]
Surf Safari scenic
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Surf Safari Scenic Helicopter Flight

$240.00 Approx 15 Min Depart TGA Airport
A real sample of the beautiful Bay of Plenty taking in the City, Mount Maunganui the glorious sandy beaches of Matakana Island, Omokoroa peninsula and back via the Kaimai foothills.
Bay Explorer Scenic Flight
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Bay Explorer Scenic Flight

$350.00 Approx 30 Min With Beach Landing Depart TGA Airport
Our most popular flight. All the Bay and more, fly up into the Papamoa hills and skirting over the Kaimais to Omokoroa then back via the stunning Matakana beach to the Mount. We stop on route to sample the sand and grab a holiday pic to remember. Travel in luxury in the world's safest single engine aircraft, or for bigger groups in our executive class Bell 427.

5. White Island Scenic Flyover

Take a flight across the beautiful Bay Of Plenty coastline to the active volcano White Island in the comfort of our twin engine, air conditioned luxury helicopter.

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White Island Overfly Helicopter Scenic Flight

$795.00 Approx 80 Min Depart TGA Airport
Active volcano on our doorstep. For those short of time or not so mobile you can still capture this wonderful volcanic landscape, smell the sulphur, hear the history, as well as marvelling in the white sandy beaches along the way and still grab photos of the city and Mount on your return. The safest way to get up close in a short period of time and fly there and back in twin engine safety (twin engine min 4 pax) 2 to 4 passengers $900 4 to 7 passengers $795 per person

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