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Local Helicopter Rides a Hit with Cruise Ship Passengers


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Local Helicopter tours are a popular way for cruise ship passengers to experience Tauranga and the Bay of Plenty.

The number of cruise ships visiting the Mount has been increasing dramatically over recent years. Eighty three cruise ships docked in the Port of Tauranga last season alone, making it a major player in the New Zealand cruise industry.

tauranga shore excrusions

Port visits are a big part of the cruising experience and Tauranga sells a higher number of passenger tours than any other port in the country. Most passengers choose to stay in the local vicinity of Tauranga and the Mount.

A large number of the helicopter rides offered by local flight specialists, Aerius Helicopters are taken by cruise ship passengers who like to get their bearings with an aerial view of the region before they embark on other activities.

Aerius Helicopters provide a wide range of memorable Tauranga cruise ship tour options from 12 minute buzz around the Mount and Tauranga City to a 30 minute swoop down the Bay's white beaches to Maketu and plenty more.

Flights depart from Tauranga Airport, just a short distance from the cruise ship berths and because there are plenty of short flight options, passengers can then spend the rest of the day on other local adventures.


Looking for a Half Day Tour in Tauranga?


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If you don't have much time during your Tauranga visit but still want to see as much as possible, then you should book one of the popular half day tours offered by Aerius Helicopters.

The best way to explore the region is by first taking a scenic flight. A helicopter ride gives you a birds’ eye perspective and breathtaking views of Tauranga's amazing places. The half day tours are proving particularly popular with cruise ship passengers into the Mount, looking for a Tauranga cruise ship tour and wanting to get the most out of their flying visit.

Tauranga half day tours

Local tour operators Aerius Helicopters have a wide variety of half day tours in Tauranga and beyond available. You can even customise your own. The Mount and the City takes in all the main sights, while the helicopter flight to Tarawera and Rotorua Lakes boasts some of New Zealand's most picturesque lakes and bush. Or, for an experience to remember, spice up your cruise with the ever-popular flight to White Island from Tauranga where you can land on a real volcano.

With plenty of options that take less than half a day, a scenic flight around Tauranga is an ideal way to see a lot more in less time and combine it with another half day activity - it's no wonder the tours by Aerius Helicopters are so popular! 

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