Tauranga

Travel Guide
Mount Maunganui showing a coastal town, a bay or harbour and general coastal views

A seaside city on New Zealand’s North Island, this is a place to sit back and relax on immaculate beaches or go exploring amidst some stunning scenery.

Tauranga is nestled between Waipu Bay and Tauranga Harbor about halfway along the Bay of Plenty. It’s home to some of the country’s best waterways and beaches, and is surrounded by gorgeous countryside. The local food and wine is excellent, the air is clean, and the atmosphere relaxed.

Throw on your swimwear and go for a dip. Whether you prefer calmer waters or the open surf, you’ll find somewhere to suit your taste. Pilot Bay has a sheltered beach that is great for sunbathing and picnics. Head to Waihi Beach for medium breakers, which is ideal for kids and novice surfers. Check out Mount Maunganui Main Beach for the city’s biggest and most popular waves. It has some of the best waves in the region and a beachfront dotted with cafés and restaurants.

Divers will find some of New Zealand’s best spots around Tauranga. First-timers can organise training sessions and supervised dives. Anyone looking to try their hand at surfing can take lessons with local instructors. Fishing enthusiasts can jump aboard a chartered boat and drop a line. For a truly unusual experience, head over to White Island across the bay; here, you can experience exploring the inner crater of an active volcano.

For a break from the ocean, make your way inland and go exploring. Check out the Te Puna Quarry Park or go further afield to Kaimai Mamaku Forest Park. Adventurers can go mountain bike riding around Oropi Grove or the Redwoods. If that’s not extreme enough, make your way to the Wairoa River for some of the best white water rafting in the country, or have a go at kayak sliding.

When it’s time to eat, wander around town and take your pick of the restaurants and cafés. Hang around to see some historic buildings and visit the city’s museums and galleries. History buffs will love the Tauranga Military Collection and Classic Flyers NZ. Art fans will enjoy the Tauranga Art Gallery and the Cargo Shed.

Tauranga is one of New Zealand’s premier seaside destinations. Some great beaches, activities for all ages and a chilled-out atmosphere make many visitors wish they could call it home.

Where to stay in Tauranga

Hotel on Devonport
Hotel on Devonport
4.5 out of 5
72 Devonport Road, Tauranga
The price is AU$192 per night from 27 Sep. to 27 Sep.
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! (991 reviews)
"Great location, spacious room"

Reviewed on 1 Aug. 2021

Hotel on Devonport
The Pacific Apartments
The Pacific Apartments
4 out of 5
8 Maunganui Rd, Tauranga
The price is AU$203 per night from 26 Sep. to 26 Sep.
Located in Mount Maunganui, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Mount Maunganui Beach and Mount Maunganui. Mount Hot Pools and Maunganui Beach are also within ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (388 reviews)
"The view was great. The apartments were clean with adequate amenities."

Reviewed on 12 Aug. 2021

The Pacific Apartments
The Beaumont Apartments
The Beaumont Apartments
3.5 out of 5
12 MAUNGANUI ROAD, Tauranga
The price is AU$272 per night from 26 Sep. to 26 Sep.
Offering direct access to the beach, this Mount Maunganui hotel is next to a golf course, steps away from Mount Maunganui Beach and Mount Hot Pools. Maunganui ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (96 reviews)
"Beautiful views, unit was clean and had everything we needed"

Reviewed on 31 Jul. 2021

The Beaumont 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.
Calais Mount Resort
Calais Mount Resort
4 out of 5
6 Adams Avenue, Tauranga
The price is AU$145 per night from 26 Sep. to 26 Sep.
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 ...
4.2/5Very Good! (1,092 reviews)
"secure undercover parking great location"

Reviewed on 15 Aug. 2021

Calais Mount Resort
Oceanside Resort & Twin Towers
Oceanside Resort & Twin Towers
4 out of 5
1 Maunganui Road, Tauranga
The price is AU$177 per night from 26 Sep. to 26 Sep.
Nestled on the beach, this Mount Maunganui aparthotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Mount Hot Pools and Blake Park. ASB Baypark is 7.8 mi (12.5 km) away.
4.1/5Very Good! (722 reviews)
"Close to the walks and hot pool"

Reviewed on 19 Sep. 2021

Oceanside Resort & Twin Towers
The Atrium Apartments
The Atrium Apartments
3.5 out of 5
23 Maunganui Road, Tauranga
The price is AU$202 per night from 26 Sep. to 26 Sep.
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 ...
4.3/5Excellent! (302 reviews)
"Ocean view, overall great presentation, very clean, easy access, handy to beach, shops and hot pools all within walking distance, fully recommend"

Reviewed on 24 Jul. 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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