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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

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Oceanside Resort & Twin Towers
Oceanside Resort & Twin Towers
4 out of 5
1 Maunganui Road, Mount Maunganui
The price is NZ$161 per night

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.

4.2/5Very Good! (603 reviews)

"Fabulous accommodation - 2 bedroom suite on the 9th floor. Super comfy beds"…"

Reviewed on 20 Jul. 2020

Oceanside Resort & Twin Towers
Trinity Wharf Tauranga
Trinity Wharf Tauranga
4.5 out of 5
51 Dive Crescent, Tauranga
The price is NZ$220 per night

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! (985 reviews)

"Fantastic 10/10. Beautiful setting great location wish we could stay longer"…"

Reviewed on 25 Jul. 2020

Trinity Wharf Tauranga
The Pacific Apartments
The Pacific Apartments
4 out of 5
8 Maunganui Rd, Mount Maunganui
The price is NZ$200 per night

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

4.5/5Wonderful! (341 reviews)

"Great location, mangers very helpful and overall had a great stay"…"

Reviewed on 29 Mar. 2020

The Pacific Apartments

Top activities in Tauranga

Hobbiton with The Green Dragon Inn & Tauranga Hot Spots
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Hobbiton with The Green Dragon Inn & Tauranga Hot Spots

NZ$185
Per adult
98% of travellers recommend
Hobbiton Movie Set & Rotorua Geysers Shore Excursion
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Hobbiton Movie Set & Rotorua Geysers Shore Excursion

NZ$240
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Shore Excursion: Rotorua Geysers & Polynesian Spa, inc:Lunch
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Shore Excursion: Rotorua Geysers & Polynesian Spa, inc:Lunch

NZ$206
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
City & Waterfront Sightseeing Shore Excursion
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City & Waterfront Sightseeing Shore Excursion

NZ$89
Per adult
76% of travellers recommend
Rotorua Geothermal Geysers & Lunch Tauranga Shore Excursion
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Rotorua Geothermal Geysers & Lunch Tauranga Shore Excursion

NZ$160
Per adult
98% of travellers recommend
Shore Excursion Tauranga & Rotorua incl Mineral soak & optional Spa treatment
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Shore Excursion Tauranga & Rotorua incl Mineral soak & optional Spa treatment

NZ$157
Per adult

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