Visit the panoramic Coastal Bay of Plenty region, a veritable culinary treasure trove, given its name by Captain James Cook because of its lush vegetation & ample food. Travel through the scenic countryside, from the beautiful harbourside city of Tauranga, viewing ocean vistas, experiencing both boutique and world-class wineries, meeting international award-winning winemakers & distillers & savouring local flavours. Get a truly personal culinary experience of the Coastal Bay of Plenty or Coromandel with the owner/operator, Paul Marston, who has been actively involved in the NZ wine & food industry for over 20 years.
Or enjoy a trip to the beautiful pohutukawa-clad Coromandel Peninsula, experiencing Driving Creek Railway, Cathedral Cove & Hot Water Beach.
We also travel to Rotorua's thermal delights & Maori culture.
We specialise in personally-custoised tours for small groups (up to 19 people), although larger groups can be catered for, if required.
North Island ▷ Bay of Plenty ▷ Tauranga
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We booked a bus tour to Rotorua with Mauao Tours Ltd on Paul Marston's 14 seater bus after visiting the information centre in Tauranga.
We were off the cruise ship Volendam and the bus tour was a great experience.
Paul gave great commentary and being a 14 seater bus it was much easier getting on and off unlike a 40 or 50 seater bus that takes forever.
We had a bus driver and a guide all in one which made the experience a lot more personal.
Thank you for a great day Paul, a fantastic experience.
Bob & Vicki McElveney
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4 of us had a fabulous tour of the Tauranga region with Paul in Jan 2010. Paul was an excellent tour host, informative, helpful and very knowledgeable on the area and NZ in general. We spent a whole day in his company and nothing was too much trouble for him. We unreservedly recommend this Company to anyone visiting this part of NZ.
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Awesome day out with Paul! Such a hopitable person and full of fun to chat with.
The tour is well designed and targets on different aspects of beer, wine and cocktail knowledge. Last but not least, the dessert on the Strand is the highlight of the day. Highly recommended tour, a must do in Tauranga!
We used Tasting Tours for a Hen's Party. Paul took us to Ohinemuri Winery for wine tasting and lunch. It was absolutely fantastic and he was such a good sport. Lyn and Paul are awesome people and so helpful. They even decorated the bus for us in Hen's Party theme. I would definately recommend them to anyone and I'd use them again.
A group of ten woman from my work arranged to do the wine tour with Paul and Lyn. We had a great day and were well looked after and definetly got our moneys worth. We are planning a trip in the New Year now. Would definetely go out with Tauranga Tasting tours again. Thanks Paul for the great day out!
I got Paul to take a group of us across to Hamilton for the Cricket. We had an awesome day out with Paul, the bus was awesome as he got to Park at the entry gate... no walking. He even let us stop at the pub for a few too many on the way home! Paul is a great guy and has an awesome product so I suggest you should get on the Bus ASAP!!! Thanks to Paul and Lyn.
Our day tour of Tauranga winerys with Paul was a high light of our recent trip to New Zealand.
Paul was on time collecting us from our ship, the Dawn Princess.
His bus was in good order and extremely clean. Paul is a great guide and a safe driver. This menat we could really enjoy our day ashore. Thanks for a Memorable day. regards Jane,Barry, Bev and Edward from Adelaide.
Well done again Paul. Ohinemuri was fantastic, but the day at Vin Alto was the best. Thank you for your wonderful hospitality, your friendliness and your knowledge of all good things that come from a grape vine! Am looking forward to the next exciting outing!