AS NZ as it gets

Take the opportunity, while visiting the Port of Tauranga, to see and enjoy a variety of very, New Zealand experiences, which are available within the immediate Bay of Plenty region.

Join your Step-on Guide hosting this shore excursion, for exclusive visits to private locations which will result in a more intimate insight into Bay of Plenty character.

Kevin McCardell Gallery

See master woodsculptor, Kevin McCardell, transform 45,000 year old swamp kauri ( NZ’s most famous native hardwood) into exquisite works of art. Marvel at his gallery of finished pieces, and watch him work on, and hear him talk about his current work.

The Good Farm

The Good Farm milks cows daily for the specialised supply of raw, fresh chilled milk, to the public.

Watch as the farmer brings in a cow for it to be machine milked for this supply. Visit the Good Farm organic no-till vegetable garden. Pick and taste the vegetables and watch the resident chef prepare a quick taster. Walk through the native tree plantings.

Papamoa Hills

You will visit the Summerhills Estate, a private boutique golf course situated on the top of the Papamoa Hills, NZ’s largest Archaeological Complex. See the easily visible old fortification terracing as you drive to the golf course on top of the Hills. Morning teas will be served in the delightful kiosk at the golf course, while enjoying the commanding views of the city and the Bay of Plenty coastline

Black Stump Berries

Sit under the trees overlooking the strawberry patches enjoy the taste of freshly picked berries and especially the homemade berry ice cream.

Original Commercial Kiwifruit Vines

Walk under the 85 year old vines, which are still producing export quality kiwifruit today. Learn how the $3 billion industry started on this small property

Marine Parade and Pilot Bay

Return to the ship via the oceanside surf beach at Mt Maunganui and along the harbourside bay leading to the pier.

  • All activities and venues.
  • Morning or afternoon tea - tea, coffees, chilled water, 1 x green kiwifruit shortbread, 1 x gold kiwifruit shortbread.
  • At Black Stump Berries – tasting freshly picked strawberries, or boysenberries
  • Freshly made crushed berry ice-cream serving

As NZ As It Gets'

Itinerary and Time
-30 min
Join Host Driver/Guide at coach on pier
Board coach and prepare for travel
0 Depart pier
25 min Scenic travel through harbourside Tauranga city to arrive at master wood carver Kevin McCardell
35 min See and listen to wood carver, as he transforms 45,000 yr old Kauri wood into exquisite sculptures
20 min Depart and travel to Welcome Bay for stop at 'The Good Farm'
60 min Observe cow milking for natural milk supply, enjoy pick and taste organic vegetable garden with resident chef
20 min Move on to the top of Papamoa Hills Archaeological complex to Summerhills Golf Course
30 min Enjoy refreshments in Kiosk with stunning views over the Bay
10 min Drive to Black Stump Berries
20 min Enjoy freshly picked berries and homemade berry ice-cream
40 min Travel back to ship via Marine Parade and Pilot Bay
10 min Travel to Te Puke for brief visit to the first commercial KF farm
15 min See the vines and hear how the kiwifruit story all began.
35 min Depart for ship
Drive to arrive at pier via oceanbeach Rd, Marine Parade and Pilot Bay


4 hrs
40 mins
Total duration
Take the opportunity, while visiting the Port of Tauranga, to see and enjoy a variety of very, New Zealand experiences, which are available within the immediate Bay of Plenty region.
AS NZ   as it gets
Kiwifruit Country Tours