There’s perhaps no finer way to see Tauranga than from a boat... and there’s no cheaper way to get out on the water.
Don’t forget Waimarino Adventure Park’s river boat cruises on the Wairoa River, a first for the region. The twin hull can cater for up to 40 passengers, and it includes a BBQ, spacious cabin and decks plus a CD player. The cruise options include a day tour from 2pm, and a sunset tour from 6pm. For more details visit www.waimarino.com
Harbour bridge users may have spotted in the distance the gleaming white hull of The Ultimate Escape, brand new on the charter boat scene. This craft that moors off the Sebel Trinity Wharf, can accommodate up to 80 people for day cruises in the sheltered waters of Tauranga Harbour – or 6 guests overnight in ‘total luxury’ for extended cruises around New Zealand. The vessel is equipped with a full range of water sports toys, audiovisual equipment, chef’s galley and alfresco dining. The operators Craig and Patricia Armstrong, call this ‘pure luxury on the water. ’ For more details visit www.cruisenewzealand.co.nz
But Wait, There’s More...
The Western Bay has a big range of other marine-type tours on offer from dolphin and fishing trips, to luxury cruises. Check out BoTCom’s Water Activities section, or toddle along to the Tauranga iSITE for a handful of brochures. The iSITE combines an information centre and gift store, and there are also Internet terminals.