Experience the Bay of Plenty
If you are visiting Tauranga and are in a wheelchair or have limited mobility, let Driving Miss Daisy take you on an accessible shore excursion. Tauranga is an easy port to disembark - your ship takes you right into port and we will be waiting a short walk away, right outside the port gates.
Popular places to visit are the geysers and cultural sights of Rotorua or the magic of Hobbiton. Both are around an hour's drive from Tauranga, so we recommend allowing around 6 or 7 hours for your day tour so you don't feel rushed, but the itinerary on the day is totally up to you. For those who prefer a shorter tour, 3 or 4 hours (or even less if you prefer) allows you to see the sights and history of Tauranga and the surrounding area. We are totally flexible with start and finish times but will always make sure to get you back in time for departure.
Please ask if there is somewhere you particularly want to visit or you can leave it up to us if you are not sure where you want to go. Equally, if you have somewhere in mind, but aren't sure about accessibility, we have visited most locations and have a good idea what to expect.
We can take wheelchairs and mobility scooters of varying sizes, or, if you are ambulant but worried about the amount of walking around the sights, we can provide (and push) a wheelchair for you to make sure you see as much as possible.
Our friendly drivers are very experienced in working with people in wheelchairs or with reduced mobility and are happy to accompany you on your tour to provide whatever assistance is needed, or simply take you to the places you want to see and wait, whichever you prefer.
With four wheelchair accessible cars in our fleet, we are sure to have a vehicle suitable for your particular needs. For example, the Estima has a swing out front seat which you may find more comfortable if you are able to transfer; the Kangoo has good headroom and great visibility with the wheelchair positioned just behind the driver and a passenger seat alongside, so is much friendlier than a typical wheelchair accessible vehicle; the Hiace can take a wheelchair and a mobility scooter plus 5 passengers, so although something of a utility vehicle, it is ideal for larger groups.
We charge a set hourly rate regardless of the number of passengers or where you decide to go. Contact us for more information or to make a booking.
Why choose us for your shore excursion
"We used Driving Miss Daisy recently when visiting Tauranga by a cruise ship. The services they provided for us were exceptional. They showed great level of professionalism and care, and all the email correspondence prior to the visit, from enquiries to confirmations were attended in a timely manner. As first time visitors, they provided us with many itineraries to choose from, factoring in different durations and interests. The wheelchair accessible car was in an excellent condition and the best part was that the wheelchair passenger can sit in the wheelchair in the back of the car and enjoy the view through the windows as they are all appropriately leveled. We would certainly use Driving Miss Daisy again and it is a highly recommended company."
Carl and Barry, Dec 2017
"I found Driving Miss Daisy via a web search - so it was a totally blind search and hope. We were travelling to NZ Tauranga on Princess Cruise Lines in January 2018 and had a day onshore that we hoped to do a trip to Rotorua to see the geysers there.
I had written to a few tour operators but found Janice of Driving Miss Daisy to be most helpful and informative. Our needs were fairly simple - a roll-in wheelchair accessible vehicle and someone with local knowledge to pick us up from the ship's terminal, drive to Rotorua and back. We were not looking for "hold our hands" tour attendant.
Janice assured us that Gerard would be waiting outside the cruise terminal and would look after us on the day. He was and he did. In short time, we had rolled into the back of a Renault Kangoo and were on our way - easy.
After an hour's drive through Tauranga and on to Rotorua, we arrived at Te Puia and as requested Gerard left us to our own devices. We only had to ring him when ready to head back home to the cruise ship. Again, all too easy and casual the way we like it.
Just a heads up to those heading to the geysers in wheelchairs - the path at Te Puia is paved but it is relatively "hilly" so non powered chairs may need some assistance. But most importantly you are most likely going get sprayed with geyser water and it is highly sulphuric. So take care of electrics and metals and give the chair a good wipe down and wash afterwards.
On the drive back to Tauranga, we went past Okere Falls to see some kayaking and then a different route back - closer to home we requested to be dropped off along the Marine Parade which has a boardwalk and follows the coastline, past Mount Maunganui and on to the cruise terminal. It was a beautiful day and highly recommended walk through the fantastic area the locals simply call "the Mount". Finished Tauranga with a massive ice cream from Yo and Co and then back on to the ship.
Gerard was great. Janice extremely helpful and knowledgable & all was arranged casually and with good demeanour, so, high recommendations for Driving Miss Daisy disabilty services on your next visit to Tauranga.
Gavin Tilley, January 2018