Who are CruiseTauranga.Com?
Simon and Michele Beaton Owners
CruiseTauranga.Com is 100% owned by a well-established business called Learning Journeys Ltd which offers adventure, curriculum linked tours and field trips to New Zealand and overseas secondary schools and students. Learning Journeys is recognised by schools as a leader in this field and is well regarded here in New Zealand and internationally.
The cruise ship shore excursions side of the business grew as the number of cruise ships arriving in Tauranga grew, and it fitted well with our ‘year’ as schools are closed in the summer and so we had the people, the knowledge and the experience to offer great trips to cruise ship passengers. But, we found though that when people went to our website www.learningjourneys.co.nz, our educational brand was being diluted by the cruise ship business and potential cruise ship customers were being put off or confused by all the references to schools, students and teaching!
So in late 2011 we created a new brand, CruiseTauranga.Com, a new website www.cruisetauranga.com, but then realised that nobody knows who we are, or how long we have been in business.
Learning Journeys is Qualmarked which means we have been externally audited for safety and compliance by Qualmark (which is an organisation that sets standards and monitors tourism operators)
INBOUND TOUR OPERATOR
Additionally we are also full members of the Tourism Export Council which represents all large inbound tour operators in New Zealand which meant another set of standards we had to achieve and yet more auditing.
DEPARTMENT OF CONSERVATION
Finally in terms of external endorsements, we are also licenced as a tour operator by New Zealand’s Department of Conservation or DOC, which means that we can legally take you into the New Zealand Government’s Conservation Estate.