Customr Food Tour
Let us create a food experience just for you as we visit and taste your way around the Bay of Plenty. Each region of New Zealand has a unique climate and grows different products and the Bay of Plenty is a great example. Fertile land has provided ideal growing conditions for Maori & European settlers. The great English explorer Captain James Cook first named this region the "Bay of Plenty" and by the end of this tour you will understand why!!
The crystal clear waters of Tauranga harbour have also proved the perfect environment for fish and shellfish and this tradition continues today. European settlers in the 19th and 20th centuries introduced lamb, deer, beef, pigs and chickens to add to the Bay's reputation for high quality food production. The mild coastal climate, with few frosts in winter, provides ideal growing conditions and today the region produces award winning olives, avocados, citrus, macadamia nuts, kiwi fruit and honey.
The region is the largest producer of kiwi fruit and avocados in New Zealand. In fact, kiwi fruit was developed in the small farming centre of Te Puke a few kilometres from the Port of Tauranga. Also pioneered by locals is the production of honey from the flowers of the indigenous Manuka tree. The increasingly popularity of Manuka Honey is testament to its unique taste and medicinal and cosmetic effects.
Our Taste of Plenty 'foodie tours' are designed to introduce you to the unique and delicious bounty of the Bay of Plenty with visits to local suppliers and growers across the region. We collect you from your location [or from the Port if arriving on a cruise ship] in our air conditioned vehicles to embark upon our foodie and cultural adventure. Along the way you will see lush farmlands and some of the best beaches in New Zealand and the vibrant colonial town and current regional capital city of Tauranga. This is a fun and interesting day tour and our knowledgeable guides will share stories of the land and its people.
We will include many different tastings along the way:
These may include artisan baked goods, local cheeses, seafood, beers, wines and ciders, manuka honey, berries, fruits, famous local pies and home made kiwifruit ice cream to name a few. We may visit orchards, food markets, cafes and restaurants, all selected to showcase the diverse and plentiful food culture of the Bay of Plenty.
If you are OK with any of our standard "Bites of the Bay" tour itineraries, we can run these as a private tour as long as you book a minimum of 10 persons.