25th February 2020
8 March 2019
The cruise ship season has been bigger than ever this year with over 130 ships coming into port between October 2018 and March 2019.
We've been absolutely overwhelmed and extremely grateful for the generosity of Zespri who have provided cruise ship passengers with a uniquely Bay of Plenty experience. Thanks to Zespri, every passenger who comes to our city centre is given the option to try a piece of gold and green kiwifruit. They are given a biodegradable 'spife' to eat it with, as well as information on the nutritious and tangy sweet kiwifruit by our Downtown Tauranga ambassadors who greet them at The Port and Tauranga Waterfront. Feedback from tourists has been fantastic - some have said they have never tried gold kiwifruit before! We've also had feedback that the Zespri - Taste of The Bay experience has been one of the best yet in their travels!
We want to congratulate our city centre community on the efforts you have made in giving tourists visiting Downtown Tauranga a memorable experience. We asked many of the cruise ship passengers to fill in a short survey after having visited our city centre. They have given us an average score of 8.4/10 for their overall experience. They also gave an average score of 9.8/10 for the Downtown Tauranga bus service. A fantastic result, and that's all thanks to you, the business community, UZAbus, our Downtown Tauranga ambassadors, and Zespri.
The last cruise ship comes in on the 16th April 2019.