Tauranga Highlights and Kiwifruit

SUMMARY



Two fabulous Bay of Plenty insights in one excursion.

Your hosted tour will take you to the centre of Tauranga to experience beauty and elegance of ‘The Elms Mission House’ an historical venue where you will be transported back in time and immersed in the life of our earliest founding forefathers. A dramatic contrast is then in store as you are taken to the very heart of Kiwifruit Country where today, the region produces The World’s Healthiest Fruit” – Kiwifruit, better than anywhere else on the planet! Walk under the vines with your guide,  taste the  fresh fruit, juices, wines and liqueurs and the enjoy a freshly prepared morning or afternoon tea.


‘THE ELMS’



The Elms Historic House is the oldest European heritage site in the Bay of Plenty, and is an essential stop for cruise visitors to Tauranga.

From this traditional English home, Maori were given the opportunity to learn about Christianity, and were educated in reading and writing, as well as agricultural and domestic skills.

Once the flourishing Te Papa Mission Station, now a tranquil oasis amid the bustle of the modern city of Tauranga, these buildings and gardens carry us back in time to the early nineteenth century.

A family home for 150 years, the mission house is now a museum, showcasing the lives of the three generations who lived within its walls. The house was lived in from 1847 to 1992. The contents reflect the lives of all the occupants. The name was changed to The Elms in 1873, when active mission work ceased.

Imagine sitting down to a meal at the gleaming mahogany table, listening to the old square piano, or using the delicate ivory spools and threads to create exquisite embroidery on a new gown.

KIWIFRUIT



A 30 min drive from The Elms will take you to the very centre of the Kiwifruit Capital of the World.

After driving through Te Puke town, where the first commercial kiwifruit plantings of 1937, produced the first fruit to be exported to the UK in 1953, you will see the densely planted patchwork of kiwifruit orchards.

You will be taken to the most beautiful road in the Bay of Plenty, and,  at the invitation of one of the pioneering families the Burts, you will be able to walk under their vines with your host.

There, you will learn how we produce, what we call the ‘worlds healthiest fruit’, to the highest quality and in the highest volume per acre than anywhere else in the world.

We will share with you the extraordinary nutritional attributes of the kiwi, and at morning or afternoon tea, at the Village Community Hall, you will not only enjoy a freshly prepared setting, but also taste the fresh kiwifruit, its juices, jams, wines and liqueurs.

Now, kiwifruit production is a giant industry producing in excess of 120 million export trays ( 3.5 kgs, each holding on average, 30 fruit) which brings in revenue of $2b + to the Bay of Plenty region each year, from the exports to 60 countries around the world


INCLUDES

  • Onboard coach host for articulate, clear, commentary, and highest quality service throughout
  • Orchard tour visit on Bay of Plenty’s most beautiful Road
  • Visit to Tauranga’s most prestigious historic and gracious property to experience the earliest European history
  • Being embraced by local Village for morning tea and shopping at the Community Hall.

 

Tauranga Highlights and Kiwifruit - Morning Itinerary

Sample Timing Time
Depart Pier 9.00am
Arrive The Elms
Time Elapsed 10mins, Distance 5km
9:10am
Depart The Elms - For Kiwi Farm Rd via Te Puke
Time Elapsed 50mins
10:00am
Arrive Kiwi Farm Road - For Orchard Tour
Time Elapsed 40mins, Distance 32km
10:40am
Depart Kiwi Farm Road - For Paengaroa Community Hall
Time Elapsed 45mins
11:25am
Arrive Paengaroa - Tea / Shop / Tastings
Time Elapsed 10mins, Distance 10km
11:35am
Depart Paengaroa - For Pier
Time Elapsed 40mins
12:15pm
Arrive Pier - Via Marine Parade
Time Elapsed 45mins, Distance 33km
1:00pm

 

Tauranga Highlights and Kiwifruit - Afternoon Itinerary

Sample Timing Time
Depart Pier  1.00pm
Arrive The Elms
Time Elapsed 10mins, Distance 5km
 1:10pm
Depart The Elms - For Kiwi Farm Rd via Te Puke
Time Elapsed 50mins
 2:00pm
Arrive Kiwi Farm Road - For Orchard Tour
Time Elapsed 40mins, Distance 32km
 2:40pm
Depart Kiwi Farm Road - For Paengaroa Community Hall
Time Elapsed 45mins
 3:25pm
Arrive Paengaroa - Tea / Shop / Tastings
Time Elapsed 10mins, Distance 10km
 3:35pm
Depart Paengaroa - For Pier
Time Elapsed 40mins
 4:15pm
Arrive Pier - Via Marine Parade
Time Elapsed 45mins, Distance 33km
 5:00pm
Two fabulous Bay of Plenty insights in one excursion - experience beauty and elegance of ‘The Elms Mission House’ in Tauranga and to the very heart of Kiwifruit Country where you can walk under the vines with your guide and taste the fresh fruit.
Your hosted tour will take you to the centre of Tauranga to experience beauty and elegance of ‘The Elms Mission House’ an historical venue where you will be transported back in time and immersed in the life of our earliest founding forefathers.
A dramatic contrast is then in store as you are taken to the very heart of Kiwifruit Country where today, the region produces The World’s Healthiest Fruit” – Kiwifruit, better than anywhere else on the planet! Walk under the vines with your guide, taste the fresh fruit, juices, wines and liqueurs and the enjoy a freshly prepared morning or afternoon tea.
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