Tauranga Tasting Tours & Charters
Take in award-winning wineries and local sights. Come on a delectable tasting tour, a Sunday Lunch or mid-week tour.
Experience the thermal wonders of Rotorua and the subterranean spectacle of the Waitomo Caves.
Or plan your own customised tour to anywhere in NZ, for tourism, social, cultural or sporting activities.
We go anywhere, any time!
- Our company specialises in small group tours. We aim to give a personal experience and to avoid the anonymity often felt on large coach tours
- Although we have some set tours, we can customise a tour to ensure that you see and do exactly what you want
- We are 100% New Zealand-owned and operated. Our professional driver/tour guides have an extensive knowledge of the areas covered, which ensures that their information is both interesting and informative. Their proficiency in the English language, combined with clear enunciation, ensures commentary quality
- We can pick you up from/return you to local accommodation, your cruise-ship at the Port of Tauranga, or further a field, if required
- Lyn & Paul Marston have owned and operated Tauranga Tasting Tours & Charters for over 20 years and aim to give you an experience you won't forget - for the right reasons!
Winery Tours - There's something really special about visiting the terroir where grapes are grown & hearing the passion in the wine-maker's voice as he explains the special characteristics of his wines.
NZ wines are stunning and it's well-worth travelling to experience & savour them. Come on one of our regional winery tours or choose the destination yourself for your group & we'll suggest venues for your consideration. We guarantee you'll have a great time! A full itinerary is available on request for all of our winery tours. We prefer to take a maximum of 14 clients, as we find that larger groups prevent people from feeling involved and having a truly worthwhile, personal experiemce. Also, some tasting rooms have difficulty with accommodating large groups.
Degustations - Does your social group, retirement village or club want a really special degustation experience ex-Tauranga? Or do you have a wedding anniversary, special birthday, engagement or reunion to celebrate?
We have a wide range of venues to which we can take you for your special experience. READ MORE about our Degustations here.
Transport is quoted for a 37-seater vehicle. Other vehicle sizes can be arrranged, but please note that venues may have a maximum or minimum number of participants required.
Private Group Tours
If you and your friends wish to have a private winery tour, simply contact us with the region to which you wish to travel, giving your budget, the number in your group. any special requirements and dates that you wish to travel. We will send a suggested itinerary, with costs, for your perusal. Although our set tours travel ex-Tauranga for exclusive specially requested tours we can pick your group up/return you to other points such as Auckland International Airport. Matakana, Kumeu, Hawke's Bay, Martinborough, Nelson, Marlborough, The Far North, Christchurch, Otago. You name the tour you want & we'll send you a suggested itinerary!
Celebrations for Friends & Family - Let us supply transport and arrange venues for your family celebration your Hens’ Party your business Social Club outing. It’s always enjoyable to celebrate together as a group in a relaxed & convivial atmosphere. We can ensure that your outing is tailored to your specific requirements relating to venue time constraints and budget. Transport is door-to-door.
Waitomo - Discover an underground labyrinth of ancient limestone caverns and formations. Expert guides will give you interesting and informative details on the historic and geological aspects of the caves. In the Glow-worm Grotto, you will see Arachnocampa Luminosa, which is unique to New Zealand. This approximately six-hour shore tour leaves the Port of Tauranga or local accommodation and travels over the Kaimai Range, through the verdant Waikato District (New Zealand’s top dairy farming area) and the historic rocks of the Hinuera Valley. A stop is made at the karapiro Lookout above Karapiro Lake.
On arrival at Waitomo, you will discover an underground labyrinth of ancient limestone caverns and formations. Enter “The Cathedral” which has such excellent acoustics that the Vienna Boys’ Choir has recorded there. Expert guides will give interesting & informative details on the historic & geological aspects of the caves. This is followed by a boat trip into the famed Glow-worm Grotto where you will see the NZ native Arachnocampa Luminosa. The kiwi House in Otorohanga is visited on the return trip, which covers a different route & crosses the Arapuni Dam. Lunch can be purchased at your own cost and en route. Tour duration is approximately 6 hours.
Rotorua - Just one hour from Tauranga City, Rotorua is the heart of Maori culture and a geothermal wonderland. With its thermal springs, boiling mud pools, steaming fissures and geysers, Rotorua, nestled among crater lakes of crystalline colour and clarity is a 'must see'! Here in Rotorua, you can experience indigenous culture with a Maori Welcome and concert. You can also see traditional crafts such as flax-weaving and wood-carving which have been passed on through the generations at Te Puia, Maori Arts and Crafts Institute. If seeing a real life kiwi (bird) is on your New Zealand bucket list, Rotorua is the place to tick that off too.
For the adventurous, enjoy the adrenaline rush of some of the exciting activities available with whitewater rafting, the swoop, the luge, and the freefall, to mention but a few. For a relaxing time in Rotorua, you can't go past a soak in the waters of the Polynesian Pools. Take a trip back in time at the Bathhouse or if visiting a working farm is high on your agenda, view the world famous Sheep Show at The Agrodome.
Hobbiton & The Red Barn
From Tauranga, we'll take your group on a 45-minute drive through scenic countryside, crossing the Kaimai Range to visit Hobbiton, The Lord of the Rings movie set. A live commentary is given en route.
The set is located near to the country town of Matamata. The Hobbiton tour itself takes about 2 hours. This is a visitor experience based at the original location where Hobbiton was created for The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. A guide will escort you through their 10-acre site, recounting fascinating details of how the Hobbiton Movie set was created.
This tour is available Monday to Wednesday. Other days may be available, on enquiry.
The Red Barn sits atop a hill, giving stunning 360-degree views of the surrounding area and the verdant country-side of the Waikato Region. It is in the Hinuers Valley, a short drive from the Hobbiton movie set.
The Red Barn was originally built around the turn of the century as a livery stable where stagecoaches could change horses for their long journeys.
Nowadays it is a boutique private venue and function centre located on a picturesque 500-acre park-like dairy farm. With a full catering team on site, the historical venue offers delicious morning/afternoon teas and high-end lunches for group bookings.
Tours for Cruise Ship Passengers (tours available year-round)
Tauranga Tasting Tours & Charters, Tauranga Enquiry Form
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Phone: +64 7 544 1383
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