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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.

The Atrium Apartments
The Atrium Apartments
3.5 out of 5
23 Maunganui Road, Mount Maunganui
The price is NZ$209 per night from 2 May to 3 May
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 ...
The Atrium Apartments
Hotel on Devonport
Hotel on Devonport
4.5 out of 5
72 Devonport Road, Tauranga
The price is NZ$185 per night from 16 May to 17 May
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)
"Wine on arrival is a nice touch. I would stay again. Very large rooms with pleanty of space around the bed. Coffee was robert Harris for the plunger. Even the toilet paper has a gold sticker. Very comfortable bed with crisp white linen"

Reviewed on 11 Apr. 2021

Hotel on Devonport
Hotel Armitage and Conference Centre
Hotel Armitage and Conference Centre
3.5 out of 5
9 Willow St, Tauranga
The price is NZ$135 per night from 18 Apr. to 19 Apr.
Located in the heart of Tauranga, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Robbins Park, The Elms Mission House and Tauranga Art Gallery. Tauranga Domain and ...
3.8/5Good! (977 reviews)
"Liked the quick and easy check in and the friendly staff"

Reviewed on 11 Apr. 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.
The Atrium Apartments
The Atrium Apartments
3.5 out of 5
23 Maunganui Road, Mount Maunganui
The price is NZ$209 per night from 2 May to 3 May
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! (275 reviews)
"Great location. Covers the basics."

Reviewed on 5 Apr. 2021

The Atrium Apartments
Calais Mount Resort
Calais Mount Resort
4 out of 5
6 Adams Avenue, Mount Maunganui
The price is NZ$155 per night from 18 Apr. to 19 Apr.
Situated near the beach, 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! (1,067 reviews)
"Prime location for downtown Mt Maunganui. Friendly staff and appropriate amenities."

Reviewed on 10 Apr. 2021

Calais Mount Resort
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 2 May to 3 May
Nestled on the beach, this Mount Maunganui aparthotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Mount Hot Pools and Blake Park. ASB Baypark is 7.3 mi (11.8 km) away.
4.1/5Very Good! (682 reviews)
"Really liked the place where it was located. Didnt like when we got there it was 20 minutes to 2 and check in was 2 the lady would not let us park the car or anything and said we had to go park somewhere or do something until 2 oclock check in. We had already been driving for 5 hours."

Reviewed on 14 Jan. 2021

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.

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