Glorious Bay of Plenty: Rich Land, Rich Culture

4.25 hours | Tauranga | T R G - 2 2 0
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Be sure to read the Special Notes further down this page for important requirements and restriction.

WHAT YOU VISIT
Kiwifruit Country
Set among 148 acres of lush orchards, the idyllic farm is a horticultural tourist attraction that showcases the phenomenal kiwi, one of the world's healthiest fruits. During your visit, you'll meet a Maori family who are descendants of the migrants who arrived on the first ocean-going canoes from central Polynesia. Hear their stories and enjoy their songs and dances as they trace their family history through the generations. Then marvel at the extraordinary volume and quality of fruit produced here with a guided walk under the green and gold kiwifruit vines. A freshly prepared tea will be served, and you'll have an opportunity to shop for gifts and souvenirs in the large retail shop.

Maketu
This exclusive visit, noted as the site where the Maori first stepped off the Te Arawa waka (canoe) around 800 years ago, is not open to the general public. The stunning coastal site is home to a centuries-old Maori fortification and its strategic location has been highly prized and so ardently contested by neighboring Maori tribes.

PHOTO OPPORTUNITY
Get your camera poised for a dazzling panorama of earth, sea and sky while admiring the 360-degree views from Maketu.

WHAT YOU SEE ALONG THE WAY
Sit back and relax as you travel through the Bay of Plenty's kiwi country, where the majority of New Zealand's fruit is grown.

Tour timeline may vary to avoid overcrowding, etc.

Transfer to Kiwi Orchard

Transport type:
Motorcoach
Travel time:
00:45

Kiwi Orchard - guided vine tour and Maori Concert and morning tea

Time at site:
02:15

Drive back to the ship via a short stop at Maori Elders House

Transport type:
Motorcoach
Travel time:
01:15