Glorious Bay of Plenty

Summary

Your Coach Executive will ensure your complete enjoyment of this excursion through the abundant paradise of the Bay of Plenty,  and into the warm embrace of its people, both Maori and European.

You will visit a fruit farm ( orchard ) in the centre of the Bay of Plenty where kiwifruit grows better than anywhere else in the world. The unique climate and soils combine to produce export quality volumes of this ‘World’s Healthiest Fruit’, in excess of 450 000 tonnes each year.

Learn production techniques, sample fresh fruit, taste wines, liqueurs, juices, jams, shop for memories. Enjoy freshly prepared morning/afternoon tea.

A visit to the historic seaside village of Maketu includes an intimate experience with a Maori family who will share their culture with song, stories, and dance.

 

Glorious Bay of Plenty

With your Coach Executive providing a clear articulate, and informative narrative you will leave the port and head for the historic seaside village of Maketu.

High on a promontory once revered and fought over by warring Maori tribes, you will be welcomed onto the exclusive private property of a Maori elder, where it is easy to see the landing place of one of the first migration waka ( ocean going canoe ) from Central Polynesia, 700 years ago.

High up from the Maori elders front lawn, on the cliff edge, you can imagine the view Capt Cook had from the bridge of the ‘Endeavour’ when he sailed past, close to the coast in 1769, naming the what he saw as the ‘Bay of Plenty’

He had seen Maori villages with wisps of smoke from their cooking fires, the lush vegetable gardens, and the dense green native vegetation in the hinterland.

A Maori family will join you at the elders home and with a backdrop of the pacific ocean, share some of their culture and stories with you.

A short drive will take you inland to the Paengaroa Village, where at the beautifully presented Community Hall, you will be offered a freshly prepared morning or afternoon tea, fruit, jams, wines and liqueur tastings, and some memory shopping is available.

Another short drive will take you to the most beautiful road in the Bay of Plenty where you be invited to walk under the green or gold kiwi vines, and what makes this fruit and the area it is grown in, globally unique. Nutritional information on the Kiwifruit – The World’s healthiest Fruit  will be shared as you learn about the male and female vines, the extraordinary bee pollination phenomenon, and the amazing climatic and soil conditions which characterise the small region.

The journey back to the port will include a drive through the beachfront suburb of Mt Maunganui, past the base of Mauo, and along Pilot Bay to you ship.

INCLUDES

  • Onboard coach host for articulate, clear, commentary, and highest quality service throughout
  • Exclusive Maketu private property hospitality by Maori Elder
  • Experience Maori Family culture, at clifftop home, with Pacific Ocean backdrop
  • Orchard tour visit on Bay of Plenty’s most beautiful Road.
  • Morning tea and shopping at a village’s community hall

 

Glorious Bay of Plenty - Morning Itinerary

Sample Timing
Time
Depart Pier 9.00am
Arrive Maketu - Maori Elders House and Maori Culture Experience
Time Elapsed 45mins, Distance 35km
9:45am
Depart Maketu - For Paengaroa Community Hall
Time Elapsed 50mins
10:35am
Arrive Paengaroa - Tea / Shop / Tastings
Time Elapsed 15mins, Distance 12km
10:50am
Depart Paengaroa - For Kiwi Farm Road
Time Elapsed 45 mins
11:35am
Arrive Kiwi Farm Rd - Orchard Tour
Time Elapsed 10mins, Distance 9km
11:45am
Depart Kiwi Farm Rd - For Pier
Time Elapsed 45mins
12:30pm
Arrive Pier - Via Te Puke and Marine Parade
Time Elapsed 45 mins, Distance 30km
1:15pm

Glorious Bay of Plenty - Afternoon Itinerary

Sample Timing Time
Depart Pier  1.00pm
Arrive Maketu - Maori Elders House and Maori Culture Experience
Time Elapsed 45mins, Distance 35km
 1:45pm
Depart Maketu - For Paengaroa Community Hall
Time Elapsed 50mins
 2:35pm
Arrive Paengaroa - Tea / Shop / Tastings
Time Elapsed 15mins, Distance 12km
 2:50pm
Depart Paengaroa - For Kiwi Farm Road
Time Elapsed 45 mins
 3:35pm
Arrive Kiwi Farm Rd - Orchard Tour
Time Elapsed 10mins, Distance 9km
 3:45pm
Depart Kiwi Farm Rd - For Pier
Time Elapsed 45mins
 4:30pm
Arrive Pier - Via Te Puke and Marine Parade
Time Elapsed 45 mins, Distance 30km
 5:15pm
Your Step-on coach host will ensure your complete enjoyment of this excursion through the abundant paradise of the Bay of Plenty, and into the warm embrace of its people, both Maori and European.
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