Tauranga

Travel Guide
Mount Maunganui showing a coastal town, a bay or harbour and general coastal views

Ride a boat out to an active volcano, go whitewater rafting or just relax on a sheltered beach in this coastal town surrounded by wild hills.

Encompassing a collection of bays within a dramatic volcanic landscape, Tauranga is a beautiful coastal city. Enjoy the variety of different beaches lining the bays and explore the hilly countryside for some panoramic views of the whole region. And, if you’re brave enough, venture inside an active volcano.

Choose from a wide range of beaches along Tarauga’s bays and peninsulas. Mount Maunganui Main Beach is the best beach for surfers, as it has some of the area’s largest waves. Beginners should catch the medium-sized waves at Waihi Beach, which is located to the north of the city. Surfing lessons are available if you are just starting out. If you are looking for a place to take the family, visit the calm waters of Pilot Bay, which is protected from the surf by Mount Manganui.

Book a seat on a boat to explore the waters off the Tauranga coastline. One of the area’s most interesting attractions is White Island, a small landmass crowned by an active volcano. Board a diving boat and explore the coral reefs or ride a fishing boat out into deep water and catch some fresh seafood.

Explore Tauranga’s inland attractions. Go rafting on the nearby Wairoa River, which features some intense rapids. Visit one of several nature parks near the city, such as Te Puna Quarry Park or Kaimai Mamaku Forest Park. Hike or bike through the wooded hills.

If you have had enough outdoor adventures for the day, explore the Tauranga city centre. Learn about local history at museums such as the Tauranga Military Collection or admire art by local residents at the Tauranga Art Gallery. Enjoy a meal at one of Tauranga’s many gourmet restaurants and make sure to try some regional wine.

Tauranga is located in the northwestern part of the Bay of Plenty. The city’s beaches and bays make it one of the best places to experience New Zealand’s north coast.

Where to stay in Tauranga

Hotel on Devonport
Hotel on Devonport
4.5 out of 5
72 Devonport Road, Tauranga
The price is NZ$199 per night from 28 Sep. to 28 Sep.
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! (991 reviews)
"Great location, spacious room"

Reviewed on 1 Aug. 2021

Hotel on Devonport
The Pacific Apartments
The Pacific Apartments
4 out of 5
8 Maunganui Rd, Tauranga
The price is NZ$210 per night from 28 Sep. to 28 Sep.
Located in Mount Maunganui, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Mount Maunganui Beach and Mount Maunganui. Mount Hot Pools and Maunganui Beach are also within ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (388 reviews)
"The view was great. The apartments were clean with adequate amenities."

Reviewed on 12 Aug. 2021

The Pacific Apartments
The Beaumont Apartments
The Beaumont Apartments
3.5 out of 5
12 MAUNGANUI ROAD, Tauranga
The price is NZ$282 per night from 28 Sep. to 28 Sep.
Offering direct access to the beach, this Mount Maunganui hotel is next to a golf course, steps away from Mount Maunganui Beach and Mount Hot Pools. Maunganui ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (96 reviews)
"Beautiful views, unit was clean and had everything we needed"

Reviewed on 31 Jul. 2021

The Beaumont 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.
Calais Mount Resort
Calais Mount Resort
4 out of 5
6 Adams Avenue, Tauranga
The price is NZ$150 per night from 30 Sep. to 30 Sep.
Located in Mount Maunganui, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Mount Hot Pools and Mount Maunganui. Blake Park and The Elms Mission House are also within ...
4.2/5Very Good! (1,093 reviews)
"secure undercover parking great location"

Reviewed on 15 Aug. 2021

Calais Mount Resort
Oceanside Resort & Twin Towers
Oceanside Resort & Twin Towers
4 out of 5
1 Maunganui Road, Tauranga
The price is NZ$183 per night from 29 Sep. to 29 Sep.
Nestled on the beach, this Mount Maunganui aparthotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Mount Hot Pools and Blake Park. ASB Baypark is 7.8 mi (12.5 km) away.
4.1/5Very Good! (722 reviews)
"Close to the walks and hot pool"

Reviewed on 19 Sep. 2021

Oceanside Resort & Twin Towers
The Atrium Apartments
The Atrium Apartments
3.5 out of 5
23 Maunganui Road, Tauranga
The price is NZ$209 per night from 28 Sep. to 28 Sep.
Located in Mount Maunganui, this beach apartment building is within 1 mile (2 km) of Mount Maunganui Beach and Mount Maunganui. Mount Hot Pools and Maunganui ...
4.3/5Excellent! (302 reviews)
"Ocean view, overall great presentation, very clean, easy access, handy to beach, shops and hot pools all within walking distance, fully recommend"

Reviewed on 24 Jul. 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.

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