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.
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.