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

Calais Mount Resort
Calais Mount Resort
4 out of 5
6 Adams Avenue, Tauranga
The price is NZ$150 per night from 5 Dec. to 5 Dec.
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 ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (1,102 reviews)
"Nice and simple check in, and a great locaation and great rooms"

Reviewed on 15 Oct. 2021

Calais Mount Resort
Oceanside Resort & Twin Towers
Oceanside Resort & Twin Towers
4 out of 5
1 Maunganui Road, Tauranga
The price is NZ$189 per night from 12 Dec. to 12 Dec.
Nestled on the beach, this Mount Maunganui aparthotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Mount Hot Pools and Blake Park. ASB Baypark is 7.2 mi (11.5 km) away.
4.1/5 Very Good! (729 reviews)
"The property is in a prime location in Mt Maunganui."

Reviewed on 7 Nov. 2021

Oceanside Resort & Twin Towers
Hotel Armitage and Conference Centre
Hotel Armitage and Conference Centre
3.5 out of 5
9 Willow St, Tauranga
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is NZ$151 per night from 12 Dec. to 12 Dec.
Located in the heart of Tauranga, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Robbins Park, The Elms Mission House, and Tauranga Art Gallery. Tauranga ...
3.8/5 Good! (994 reviews)
"Staff is soo helpful specially sandeep he was a superstar"

Reviewed on 14 Nov. 2021

Hotel Armitage and Conference Centre
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 5 Dec. to 5 Dec.
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 ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (1,102 reviews)
"Nice and simple check in, and a great locaation and great rooms"

Reviewed on 15 Oct. 2021

Calais Mount Resort
Oceanside Resort & Twin Towers
Oceanside Resort & Twin Towers
4 out of 5
1 Maunganui Road, Tauranga
The price is NZ$189 per night from 12 Dec. to 12 Dec.
Nestled on the beach, this Mount Maunganui aparthotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Mount Hot Pools and Blake Park. ASB Baypark is 7.2 mi (11.5 km) away.
4.1/5 Very Good! (729 reviews)
"The property is in a prime location in Mt Maunganui."

Reviewed on 7 Nov. 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 8 Dec. to 8 Dec.
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 ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (312 reviews)
"As the apartments aren't serviced it would have been good to have been provided with more tea and coffee."

Reviewed on 22 Nov. 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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