Tauranga

It’s in this city’s nature to embrace its coastline as it sits right on the water’s edge. Tauranga’s sparkling harbour glistens under clear blue skies and there are dozens of glorious beaches all within easy reach.

The most famous is Mount Maunganui’s Main Beach which attracts thousands of visitors year-round. Enjoy delicious food at the popular cafes just across the road, or stretch out in the sand and watch the world go by. In summer this is where the action’s at – with surf lifesaving, beach volleyball, multi-sport and other community events taking centre stage. This is a great spot to swim or surf, or head around the corner to the calm, sheltered waters of Pilot Bay and hire a kayak or paddleboard.

Towering above this beach is Mauao – a 232m tall mountain which locals simply call ‘the Mount’. The easy 45min stroll around its base is one of the most popular walking tracks in New Zealand. Or if you’re feeling energetic, climb right to the very top and be rewarded with panoramic views across the city and Pacific Ocean. It’s the ultimate selfie spot!

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Soothe your muscles with a relaxing soak in the Mt Hot Salt Water Pools, or treat yourself to a blissful massage, reflexology or reiki treatment from local wellness practitioners during your stay. If you enjoy yoga, there’s lots of tranquil spots at beaches or public parks where you can watch the sun rise and fully embrace the new day.

Tauranga combines a laid-back holiday atmosphere with plenty to see and do. Book a fishing charter or swim with dolphins offshore; kayak across Lake McLaren after dark to see a canyon come alive with glow worms; visit Tauranga Art Gallery; and admire the fabulous street art that adorns buildings and walls throughout the CBD.

Visitors who like to wine and dine will enjoy the locally-grown fresh produce and seasonal menus. A large number of stylish restaurants, bars and cafes sit side-by-side along The Strand overlooking Tauranga’s waterfront. The city’s shopping precinct is also nearby where you can find boutique fashion, treasured souvenirs and anything else you might need.

Tauranga is the place to relax on white sand, play in warm waves, explore the ocean’s depths and enjoy abundant marine life.

Families are also well-catered for here with fantastic playgrounds, cycleways and plenty of space to roam. Your kids can enjoy splashing in the water fountains downtown on The Strand, and climbing all over their favourite Hairy Maclary storybook characters which have been immortalised in bronze.

Tauranga is an easy three hour drive south of Auckland, or a short domestic flight with Air New Zealand from other New Zealand airports. This is a great base from which to explore the wider Bay of Plenty, including seaside retreats like Waihi and Ohope Beach, and day trips to offshore wildlife sanctuaries and the mighty Whakaari (White Island) – New Zealand’s only active marine volcano.

For those lucky enough to live here, it’s in their nature to make visitors and newcomers feel right at home, extending their manaakitanga (hospitality) to all. They’re looking forward to welcoming you soon.