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

Atlas Suites And Apartments
Atlas Suites And Apartments
3.5 out of 5
49 Maunganui Road, Tauranga, 3002
The price is NZ$168 per night from 11 Aug. to 12 Aug.
Stay at this 3.5-star aparthotel in Tauranga. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a garden. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the spacious rooms in their ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (338 reviews)
"Lovely staff! Room was great and close to everything"

Reviewed on 5 Aug. 2022

Atlas Suites And Apartments
Trinity Wharf Tauranga
Trinity Wharf Tauranga
4.5 out of 5
51 Dive Crescent, Tauranga, 3110
The price is NZ$286 per night from 29 Aug. to 30 Aug.
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! (996 reviews)
"Great service from a friendly Evie on reception. Room was big, but was dark and very noisy as it was next to the carpark. No views from the small window in the room. Bathroom was huge with a bathtub. Breakfast should be included in the room rate. It wasn't. Hotel is excellent if you get a room away ..."

Reviewed on 8 Aug. 2022

Trinity Wharf Tauranga
Oceanside Resort & Twin Towers
Oceanside Resort & Twin Towers
4 out of 5
1 Maunganui Road, Tauranga, 3116
The price is NZ$210 per night from 21 Aug. to 22 Aug.
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! (779 reviews)
"Cove ieny positioed. Easy to book"

Reviewed on 17 Jul. 2022

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.
Atlas Suites And Apartments
Atlas Suites And Apartments
3.5 out of 5
49 Maunganui Road, Tauranga, 3002
The price is NZ$168 per night from 11 Aug. to 12 Aug.
Stay at this 3.5-star aparthotel in Tauranga. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a garden. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the spacious rooms in their ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (338 reviews)
"Lovely staff! Room was great and close to everything"

Reviewed on 5 Aug. 2022

Atlas Suites And Apartments
Oceanside Resort & Twin Towers
Oceanside Resort & Twin Towers
4 out of 5
1 Maunganui Road, Tauranga, 3116
The price is NZ$210 per night from 21 Aug. to 22 Aug.
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! (779 reviews)
"Cove ieny positioed. Easy to book"

Reviewed on 17 Jul. 2022

Oceanside Resort & Twin Towers
Quest on Durham
Quest on Durham
4 out of 5
6 Durham Street, Tauranga, 3110
The price is NZ$197 per night from 10 Sep. to 11 Sep.
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! (412 reviews)
"The property was spotless and our room was spacious and well equipped."

Reviewed on 17 Jul. 2022

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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