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

Tasman Holiday Parks - Papamoa Beach
Tasman Holiday Parks - Papamoa Beach
4 out of 5
535 Papamoa Beach Road, Tauranga, 3118
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is NZ$148 per night from 9 Jun. to 10 Jun.
Stay at this 4-star beach holiday park in Tauranga. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a beach locale. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the bathrooms in ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (204 reviews)
"Beach proximity and sensational view. Excellent facilities and accommodation that is great value for money, and very friendly and helpful staff. Having to leave too soon."

Reviewed on 8 May 2022

Tasman Holiday Parks - Papamoa Beach
Trinity Wharf Tauranga
Trinity Wharf Tauranga
4.5 out of 5
51 Dive Crescent, Tauranga, 3110
The price is NZ$220 per night from 22 May to 23 May
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Tauranga. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a marina. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful staff in their reviews. ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (988 reviews)
"The infinity pool was a nice touch though it was not heated"

Reviewed on 18 Apr. 2022

Trinity Wharf Tauranga
Hotel on Devonport
Hotel on Devonport
4.5 out of 5
72 Devonport Road, Tauranga, 3110
The price is NZ$199 per night from 12 Jun. to 13 Jun.
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Tauranga. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and room service. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in their ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (992 reviews)
"Large hotel spaces with quite a few extras - a microwave, cutlery, fresh air room pump and a tiny verandah to sit outside and enjoy the view with your glass of complimentary wine (you do not get the wine if you are not in your room when they eventually deliver after check in). It’s close to the trains ..."

Reviewed on 23 Apr. 2022

Hotel on Devonport
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Oceanside Resort & Twin Towers
Oceanside Resort & Twin Towers
4 out of 5
1 Maunganui Road, Tauranga, 3116
The price is NZ$183 per night from 22 May to 23 May
Stay at this 4-star beach aparthotel in Tauranga. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 3 restaurants. Our guests praise the comfy beds in their reviews. Popular ...
4/5 Very Good! (760 reviews)
"Great place and location staff very warm and helpful they allowed us to check in earlier due to the room being available. Will definitely stay here again."

Reviewed on 16 May 2022

Oceanside Resort & Twin Towers
Quest on Durham
Quest on Durham
4 out of 5
6 Durham Street, Tauranga, 3110
The price is NZ$204 per night from 29 May to 30 May
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly aparthotel in Tauranga. Enjoy free WiFi, on-site parking and a terrace. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the spacious ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (393 reviews)
"Property is just a 5 minute walk to 'restaurant strip' on the Strand and just far enough away from any nighttime noise."

Reviewed on 16 May 2022

Quest on Durham
Capri On Pilot Bay
Capri On Pilot Bay
4 out of 5
5 The Mall Street, Tauranga, 3116
The price is NZ$202 per night from 8 Jun. to 9 Jun.
Stay at this 4-star beach apartment in Tauranga. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and an outdoor pool. Our guests praise the clean rooms and the overall value in ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (213 reviews)
"Awesome location, walking distance to everything. Very handy."

Reviewed on 29 Apr. 2022

Capri On Pilot Bay
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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