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
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.
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.
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.
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.