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Tauranga
Travel Guide

A seaside city on New Zealand’s North Island, this is a place to sit back and relax on immaculate beaches or go exploring amidst some stunning scenery.

Tauranga is nestled between Waipu Bay and Tauranga Harbor about halfway along the Bay of Plenty. It’s home to some of the country’s best waterways and beaches, and is surrounded by gorgeous countryside. The local food and wine is excellent, the air is clean, and the atmosphere relaxed.

Throw on your swimwear and go for a dip. Whether you prefer calmer waters or the open surf, you’ll find somewhere to suit your taste. Pilot Bay has a sheltered beach that is great for sunbathing and picnics. Head to Waihi Beach for medium breakers, which is ideal for kids and novice surfers. Check out Mount Maunganui Main Beach for the city’s biggest and most popular waves. It has some of the best waves in the region and a beachfront dotted with cafés and restaurants.

Divers will find some of New Zealand’s best spots around Tauranga. First-timers can organize training sessions and supervised dives. Anyone looking to try their hand at surfing can take lessons with local instructors. Fishing enthusiasts can jump aboard a chartered boat and drop a line. For a truly unusual experience, head over to White Island across the bay; here, you can experience exploring the inner crater of an active volcano.

For a break from the ocean, make your way inland and go exploring. Check out the Te Puna Quarry Park or go further afield to Kaimai Mamaku Forest Park. Adventurers can go mountain bike riding around Oropi Grove or the Redwoods. If that’s not extreme enough, make your way to the Wairoa River for some of the best white water rafting in the country, or have a go at kayak sliding.

When it’s time to eat, wander around town and take your pick of the restaurants and cafés. Hang around to see some historic buildings and visit the city’s museums and galleries. History buffs will love the Tauranga Military Collection and Classic Flyers NZ. Art fans will enjoy the Tauranga Art Gallery and the Cargo Shed.

Tauranga is one of New Zealand’s premier seaside destinations. Some great beaches, activities for all ages and a chilled-out atmosphere make many visitors wish they could call it home.

Hotel Armitage and Conference Centre
Hotel Armitage and Conference Centre
3.5 out of 5
9 Willow St, Tauranga
The price is ¥9,066 per night from Apr 25 to Apr 26

Located in the heart of Tauranga, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Robbins Park, The Elms Mission House, and Tauranga Art Gallery. Tauranga Domain and ...

3.8/5Good! (976 reviews)

"Liked the quick and easy check in and the friendly staff"…"

Reviewed on Apr 11, 2021

Hotel Armitage and Conference Centre
Hotel on Devonport
Hotel on Devonport
4.5 out of 5
72 Devonport Road, Tauranga
The price is ¥13,077 per night from Apr 18 to Apr 19

This family-friendly Tauranga hotel is located near the airport, within a 15-minute walk of Tauranga Art Gallery and Robbins Park. Tauranga South Bowling Club ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (989 reviews)

"Wine on arrival is a nice touch. I would stay again. Very large rooms with pleanty of space around the bed. Coffee was robert Harris for the plunger. Even the toilet paper has a gold sticker. Very comfortable bed with crisp white linen"…"

Reviewed on Apr 11, 2021

Hotel on Devonport
The Atrium Apartments
The Atrium Apartments
3.5 out of 5
23 Maunganui Road, Mount Maunganui
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥14,015 per night from May 2 to May 3

Situated in Mount Maunganui, this beach apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Mount Maunganui Beach and Mount Maunganui. Mount Hot Pools and Pilot Bay ...

4.3/5Excellent! (274 reviews)

"Great location. Covers the basics."…"

Reviewed on Apr 5, 2021

The Atrium Apartments
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
The Atrium Apartments
The Atrium Apartments
3.5 out of 5
23 Maunganui Road, Mount Maunganui
The price is ¥14,015 per night from May 2 to May 3

Situated in Mount Maunganui, this beach apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Mount Maunganui Beach and Mount Maunganui. Mount Hot Pools and Pilot Bay ...

4.3/5Excellent! (274 reviews)

"Great location. Covers the basics."…"

Reviewed on Apr 5, 2021

The Atrium Apartments
Atlas Suites And Apartments
Atlas Suites And Apartments
3.5 out of 5
49 Maunganui Road, Mount Maunganui
The price is ¥12,003 per night from Apr 14 to Apr 15

Situated near the beach, this apartment building is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Mount Maunganui Beach and 1.4 mi (2.2 km) from Mount Maunganui. Maunganui Beach and ...

4.1/5Very Good! (304 reviews)

"Spacious and clean"…"

Reviewed on Apr 1, 2021

Atlas Suites And Apartments
Oceanside Resort & Twin Towers
Oceanside Resort & Twin Towers
4 out of 5
1 Maunganui Road, Mount Maunganui
The price is ¥13,345 per night from Apr 18 to Apr 19

Nestled on the beach, this Mount Maunganui aparthotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Mount Hot Pools and Blake Park. ASB Baypark is 7.3 mi (11.8 km) away.

4.1/5Very Good! (680 reviews)

"Really liked the place where it was located. Didnt like when we got there it was 20 minutes to 2 and check in was 2 the lady would not let us park the car or anything and said we had to go park somewhere or do something until 2 oclock check in. We had already been driving for 5 hours."…"

Reviewed on Jan 14, 2021

Oceanside Resort & Twin Towers
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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4/5 - Good

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Jan 16, 2020

Traffic is an issue but otherwise lovely.

4/5 - Good

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Mar 20, 2019

Driving in bigger cities is difficult for those of us who are not used to driving on the left.

5/5 - Excellent

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Feb 17, 2019

Really cute small town!

5/5 - Excellent

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Feb 11, 2019

Nice port town, with plenty of restaurants to choose from, like the Crown & Badger which is within walking distance, where the Salmon and Green Lip Mussels were excellent!!! The drive over to Mount Maunganui is only a short 10-15 minute drive away.

4/5 - Good

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Jan 3, 2019

We were in transit between whitianga and matamata and wanted a stop to shorten the drive so did not expect much. Mount Maunganui is a pleasant place to check. Maybe not a preferred place to stay long.

5/5 - Excellent

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Dec 15, 2018

A bit of everything! Gorgeous beach, too many food/cafe/tavern options, a handful of great hiking and outdoors activities, and tons of accommodations.

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