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View Tauranga's scenic highlights on a narrated scenic drive about the bay. Visit the historic Elms Mission Station, founded in 1835, is the oldest European heritage site in the Bay of Plenty. Visit Kiwi Country and learn about the kiwifruit growing process.
At Kiwi Farm Road, learn about the popular kiwifruit that was once known as the "Chinese Gooseberry." Take a tour through the lush orchards, before browsing for kiwi-related souvenirs in the small marketplace at the Village Community Hall. Here, you will also enjoy a delicious afternoon or morning tea
From here, you will board your motorcoach for the 45-minute scenic drive to Elms Mission Station, a restored traditional English house that was founded in 1835 by New Zealand's pioneer missionary, Archdeacon Brown.
This breath-taking and tranquil oasis features large manicured grounds and you will have a chance to wander and enjoy the scenery at your leisure. It was here that the Maori were given the opportunity to learn about Christianity, and were educated in reading and writing, as well as learning agricultural and domestic skills.
Touring the house, which is located in the middle of Tauranga, you will also learn many wonderful details of what life was like here hundreds of years ago, including a viewing of the old square piano and delicate ivory spools and threads that were used to create exquisite embroidery.
Returning to port through this fertile fruit-growing region, you will drive along Tauranga's lively harbor, past the impressive Maori War Canoe. You will also be able to catch a glimpse of the prestigious 1847 Mission House as you tour through the Te Papa Peninsula.