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Living like a local: why you ought to try our Tauranga day tours

Living like a local: why you ought to try our Tauranga day tours

Planning to treat yourself to a Tauranga day tour while your cruise ship parks in or sparkling port? At Custom Day Tours, we’ll ensure you enjoy every minute of your Bay of Plenty adventures. You won’t need to worry about a thing – we’ll whisk you away for unforgettable views and delicious foods, wonderful walks and impressive performances. Whatever your desires, we’ll be sure to accommodate. 

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Get Ready for Rotorua Redwood Reverie

Get Ready for Rotorua Redwood Reverie

There’s a good reason why we like to guide our visitors through the Rotorua Redwoods as they enjoy their Bay of Plenty cruise tour. Loved by tourists and locals alike, the redwoods are a truly magical escape. Even a few metres away from the carpark, you’ll feel as though you’ve been transported into a Narnian woodland where an epic Fantasy awaits around every gargantuan tree trunk.

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Escape reality with a trip to Hobbiton: Our Hobbiton Tours

Escape reality with a trip to Hobbiton: Our Hobbiton Tours

It doesn’t matter if you’re an avid Lord of The Rings fan or you’ve never read the books or seen the films in your life – no matter who you are or where you come from, you’re going to love Hobbiton. Hobbiton is one of our favourite Bay of Plenty tours – an experience not to be missed.

Enjoy sweeping views of New Zealand farmland that look as though they’ve been plucked from a postcard. Stop for countless charming photo-opportunities – the friendly Hobbiton team are more than happy to take your camera for you and snap your family photos.

There’s just so much to love about Hobbiton tours. Here’s what one of our fans had to say about their Hobbiton tours experience:

“Be sure to take children with you on this trip as their delight will add to your pleasure. Incredible for memorial photos, Hobbiton is manicured to perfection.”

– Heather McMillan

An authentic escape from reality

Step into a world fueled by pure fantasy, where passionate people will whirl you around the hills of Hobbiton. You’ll feel as though you’ve stepped through a portal into the pages of The Hobbit or The Fellowship of The Ring. When the Hobbiton bus collects you from the cafe and welcome area, it’ll drive you up into the hills of Hobbiton. Somewhere along that short trip, you’ll feel as though you’ve left the modern world behind and traded it for a real-life fairy tale.

Whether you’re snapping photos for friends and family back home or you’re simply admiring the view, Hobbiton is nothing short of special. Prioritise this amazing experience when you book your next Tauranga day tour.

Perfect for a winter getaway

While bush and beach walks might be a bit miserable and muddy in the rain, there’s one place to wander where you’ll be free to enjoy gorgeous natural beauty up close without needing a pair of tramping boots! With its expertly manicured sets and scenery, Hobbiton is the perfect place to spend a chilly (and even wet) winter’s day outdoors.

At the end of your wonderful outdoor experience, you’ll be invited to enjoy the cosiest of settings for a drink. Hot and cold drinks will be on offer to you, and you’ll be free to sip them by a roaring fire at the Green Dragon Pub. Think dark wood and earthy textures of brown leather and parchment paper – the decor will have you feeling as though you dove straight into a Tolkien tome! Cosy up beside the fire in a leather armchair and sip your complimentary beverage while reflecting on the truly beautiful sights you’ve seen.

Quality private tours with a cosy family feel

Quality private tours with a cosy family feel

Many of the tourists we meet here at Custom Day Tours have travelled impressively far to visit our cosy corner of the world. While the general attitudes that New Zealanders have toward tourists are welcoming and neighbourly, we understand that it can still be challenging for you to make cultural adjustments when you first set foot on our shores. There’s a lot to see, and there are plenty of opportunities for wonderful memories to be made.

However, if you’re not feeling totally comfortable with the unfamiliarity of it all, you might be reluctant to experience some of the wonderful places, sights and foods we have in store for you. You might instead be more inclined to stay on your cruise ship, or close to the dock in case you get lost.

With our custom day tours from Tauranga, you needn’t endure such an unimpressive holiday. We’re here to help you have an unforgettable time that’s tailored to suit you and your travelling party’s needs perfectly. With a welcoming, family-like atmosphere and an easy-going, well-organised plan, you’ll be made to feel comfortable and cared for while freely enjoying all that our country has to offer.

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Escape to the Coromandel for a day

Escape to the Coromandel for a day

Breathtakingly beautiful any time of year, the Coromandel is an absolute must-see. Worthy of a unique Auckland highlight tour unto itself, you’d be wise to put a visit to the Coromandel at the top of your North Island ‘to do’ list. Sweeping coastal vistas, soft sandy white beaches and elegant rock formations make this a photographer’s paradise. There are plenty of truly outstanding walks that are absolutely soaked in seaside sights. Spot native New Zealand birds, not-so-far-away islands, stunning sunsets and the world-famous Cathedral Cove!

It’s all here in the Coromandel, and it’s only a day trip away for anyone looking into cruise tours from Auckland.

Here’s what we’ll offer you in our amazing tour from Auckland to the Coromandel…

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Stretch your legs with a scenic walk

Stretch your legs with a scenic walk

There’s nothing quite like a lovely long walk after being a little cooped up on a cruise ship. Cruise ship tours are a delight, but us land-lovers tend to appreciate a change of terrain. Fortunately, the Bay of Plenty region has a myriad of marvellously unique locations to see and explore. Whether you like to scale mountains or scuttle through caves, stroll along beaches or soak up the sight of a waterfall, our expert walking tour guides have the perfect bay of plenty tour for you!

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Private Rotorua tours: what we’ll do with just one day

Private Rotorua tours: what we’ll do with just one day

From its neon geothermal pools to its ruby-trunked redwoods, Rotorua has a lot to offer if you’re looking for amazing tours from Auckland. While most Bay of Plenty tours only pass through Rotorua, we’ll make sure you stop and experience all the best sights and scenes this culture-rich city has to offer.

Let’s take a look at a few of our Rotorua tour highlights in today’s article.

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The beautiful Waitomo Caves

The beautiful Waitomo Caves

The Waitomo Caves are a popular tour we offer at Custom Day Tours. What people often don’t know before visiting is that at this must see attraction; there are three separate caves to explore.

Each unique, they are explained below to give you the facts before you get there. The Waitomo Caves Tour is a tour that should absolutely be on your bucket list. Continue Reading

World Famous Hobbiton Day Tour – Open For Viewing (and fun!)

World Famous Hobbiton Day Tour – Open For Viewing (and fun!)

Situated about an hour and a half from the Port of Tauranga lies one of the most famous movie sets in the world – Hobbiton. Your Hobbiton day tour won’t disappoint and you’ll have to pinch yourself to believe you are actually here!

From the first epic movie, The Hobbit, all the sets remain the same through the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings trilogies. Our hosts love it so much if they could turn into Sir Peter Jackson’s characters they would! Continue Reading

Like A Fine Wine Tauranga Cruise Tours Improve With Age!

Like A Fine Wine Tauranga Cruise Tours Improve With Age!

There’s so much to be proud of in and around Tauranga. It’s hard to know where to start!

Thankfully, there are a couple of very proud kiwis who know just what it takes to give locals and tourists a trip of a lifetime when they join their Tauranga cruise tours.

It’s the thought that goes into providing memorable cruise tours that makes all the difference – that and the love. The love of your treasured land and all it has to offer. Continue Reading

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