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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

Oceanside Resort & Twin Towers
Oceanside Resort & Twin Towers
4 out of 5
1 Maunganui Road, Mount Maunganui
The price is NZ$183 per night from 20 Jun. to 20 Jun.
Nestled on the beach, this Mount Maunganui aparthotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Mount Hot Pools and Blake Park. ASB Baypark is 7.1 mi (11.4 km) away.
4.1/5Very Good! (706 reviews)
"Great location across from the Mount Hot Pools. Room was big - although the furnishings were pretty sparse and dated. There were also signs everywhere around the room about being charged extra for various things like not washing your dishes or making too much noise. I'm guessing they get a lot of ..."

Reviewed on 11 Jun. 2021

Oceanside Resort & Twin Towers
Hotel on Devonport
Hotel on Devonport
4.5 out of 5
72 Devonport Road, Tauranga
The price is NZ$184 per night from 27 Jun. to 27 Jun.
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! (988 reviews)
"Can walk everywhere very central."

Reviewed on 2 Jun. 2021

Hotel on Devonport
Trinity Wharf Tauranga
Trinity Wharf Tauranga
4.5 out of 5
51 Dive Crescent, Tauranga
The price is NZ$242 per night from 16 Jun. to 16 Jun.
Located in the heart of Tauranga, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Robbins Park and The Elms Mission House. Tauranga Art Gallery and Waipu Bay ...
4.2/5Very Good! (993 reviews)
"Enjoyable visit. Will return."

Reviewed on 7 Jun. 2021

Trinity Wharf Tauranga
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.
Oceanside Resort & Twin Towers
Oceanside Resort & Twin Towers
4 out of 5
1 Maunganui Road, Mount Maunganui
The price is NZ$183 per night from 20 Jun. to 20 Jun.
Nestled on the beach, this Mount Maunganui aparthotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Mount Hot Pools and Blake Park. ASB Baypark is 7.1 mi (11.4 km) away.
4.1/5Very Good! (706 reviews)
"Great location across from the Mount Hot Pools. Room was big - although the furnishings were pretty sparse and dated. There were also signs everywhere around the room about being charged extra for various things like not washing your dishes or making too much noise. I'm guessing they get a lot of ..."

Reviewed on 11 Jun. 2021

Oceanside Resort & Twin Towers
The Atrium Apartments
The Atrium Apartments
3.5 out of 5
23 Maunganui Road, Mount Maunganui
The price is NZ$194 per night from 23 Jun. to 23 Jun.
Situated in Mount Maunganui, this beach apartment building is within 1 mile (2 km) of Mount Maunganui Beach and Mount Maunganui. Mount Hot Pools and Pilot Bay ...
4.3/5Excellent! (286 reviews)
"great location, great apartment. Only negative was ceiling fan in the bathroom ran continuously, there was no switch to turn it off, so there was a constant background noise from the fan trhough the night."

Reviewed on 13 Jun. 2021

The Atrium Apartments
Quest on Durham
Quest on Durham
4 out of 5
6 Durham Street, Tauranga
The price is NZ$204 per night from 18 Jun. to 18 Jun.
Located in the heart of Tauranga, this aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Tauranga Art Gallery and Tauranga Domain. Robbins Park and The Elms Mission House ...
4.2/5Excellent! (363 reviews)
"The room was spacious and had good amenities. The heat pump did not work but I was out most of the time anyway. The parking on-site was difficult in that you had to drive down to the basement 4 levels"

Reviewed on 8 Jun. 2021

Quest on Durham
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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