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TaurangaNew Zealand

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.

Top hotels in Tauranga

Oceanside Resort & Twin Towers
Oceanside Resort & Twin Towers
4 out of 5
1 Maunganui Road, Mount Maunganui
The price is NZ$189 per night from 28 Oct. to 29 Oct.

Nestled on the beach, this Mount Maunganui aparthotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Mount Hot Pools and Blake Park. ASB Baypark is 4.8 mi (7.7 km) away.

4.1/5Very Good! (635 reviews)

"A bit tired, but overall ok. Staff are friendly enough."…"

Reviewed on 17 Oct. 2020

Oceanside Resort & Twin Towers
Trinity Wharf Tauranga
Trinity Wharf Tauranga
4.5 out of 5
51 Dive Crescent, Tauranga
The price is NZ$210 per night from 28 Oct. to 29 Oct.

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! (984 reviews)

"Excellent location close to all shops restaurants and very nice sea views"…"

Reviewed on 25 Oct. 2020

Trinity Wharf Tauranga
The Pacific Apartments
The Pacific Apartments
4 out of 5
8 Maunganui Rd, Mount Maunganui
The price is NZ$220 per night from 1 Nov. to 2 Nov.

Situated near the beach, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Mount Maunganui Beach and Mount Maunganui. Mount Hot Pools and Maunganui Beach are also within 5 ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (351 reviews)

"We had a great stay, this was our 5th stay at The Pacific always booking through Expedia, they have a great property in a great location. James at reception was very friendly and helpful!"…"

Reviewed on 26 Oct. 2020

The Pacific 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.

Holiday Rentals in Tauranga

Oceanside Resort & Twin Towers
Oceanside Resort & Twin Towers
4 out of 5
1 Maunganui Road, Mount Maunganui
The price is NZ$189 per night from 28 Oct. to 29 Oct.

Nestled on the beach, this Mount Maunganui aparthotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Mount Hot Pools and Blake Park. ASB Baypark is 4.8 mi (7.7 km) away.

4.1/5Very Good! (635 reviews)

"A bit tired, but overall ok. Staff are friendly enough."…"

Reviewed on 17 Oct. 2020

Oceanside Resort & Twin Towers
The Atrium Apartments
The Atrium Apartments
3.5 out of 5
23 Maunganui Road, Mount Maunganui
The price is NZ$199 per night from 3 Nov. to 4 Nov.

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 Maunganui ...

4.3/5Excellent! (249 reviews)

"Secure entry and car parking was a great start. View of the whole harbour was great. So close to everything. Highly recommended"…"

Reviewed on 11 Oct. 2020

The Atrium Apartments
Calais Mount Resort
Calais Mount Resort
4 out of 5
6 Adams Avenue, Mount Maunganui
The price is NZ$144 per night from 9 Nov. to 10 Nov.

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)

"the manager kept me waiting insisting that Expedia had not paid him"…"

Reviewed on 22 Sep. 2020

Calais Mount Resort
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.

Top activities in Tauranga

Reviews of Tauranga

4.3

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
178
5 - Excellent 39.91031390134529%
4 - Good
228
4 - Good 51.12107623318386%
3 - Okay
36
3 - Okay 8.071748878923767%
2 - Disappointing
4
2 - Disappointing 0.8968609865470852%
1 - Terrible
0
1 - Terrible 0%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

11 Mar. 2020

Visit the local beach, walking track around the mount & hot salt pools. Many restaurants&cafes available both in the mount & tauranga.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

8 Mar. 2020

Love tauranga its home but rude drivers now so be careful

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

7 Mar. 2020

Helped by a lovely sunny day!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

4 Mar. 2020

Great place to stay..

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

25 Feb. 2020

The city centre dose have some good dining areas but a shame there are so many empty building and does feel like a ghost town down Devonport road

4/5 - Good

dawnspencer

23 Feb. 2020

Shame a lot of the shops are empty.

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