We look forward to welcoming the Ovation of the Seas to Tauranga New Zealand.
This is the largest Cruise ship in the South Pacific.
Ovation of the Seas and will be calling in to the port of Tauranga, New Zealand seven times over the Cruise ship season with the first visit on the 9th of November 2018.
Capable of bringing up to 4900 visitors each time plus crew it will be a busy day in the region.
Things to know for your day cruise ship visit at the Port of Tauranga New Zealand
Tauranga is sure to be a highlight of your cruise around New Zealand.
The Port of Tauranga is the gateway to Rotorua which is an hour away by road.
Rotorua is considered a must see when visiting New Zealand.
Famous for its scenic lakes, Maori Culture, and geothermal activity (Boiling mud, steam vents and the largest geyser in the Southern Hemisphere)
Inland in a different direction is the film location of Hobbiton, famous for the movies the Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit.
An organised tour is the only way you will be able to visit Rotorua or Hobbiton to experience Maori culture, our geothermal landscape or the Lord of the Rings movie set.
There is no public transport available to either of these inland destinations that will return to your ship in time for your departure.
Cruise ship arrival and departure times change on a daily basis.
Shipping can only enter and depart the Tauranga harbour at set times due to the tidal conditions.
Our tours are designed to depart and return with cruise ships schedules.
After entering Tauranga Harbour and passing by our iconic mountain, Mauao, you will berth at Mount Maunganui (one of Tauranga’s largest suburbs).
There’s plenty of shops, cafes, restaurants and activities within walking distance of the port Gates.
Often at the end of a day exploring our region on a tour to Rotorua or Hobbiton there is time to enjoy the local activities which are only a short walk from the port gates
Our beautiful beachside city has it all – fantastic tours, action and adventure, art, culture, boutique shopping, delicious food and one of the best beaches in New Zealand.
We recommend you pack a light jacket or wind-breaker in spring or autumn,
Sunscreen and a hat are a must during summer and you’ll need sensible footwear all year-round.
It’s a good idea to pre-book your shore excursion and regional tour to avoid missing out as only limited spaces are available.