Visit Tauranga, Bay of Plenty, NZ

Tauranga is a harbour city close to Auckland that combines the attractions of a main centre with the potential for outdoor adventure and water sports. Museums, galleries and shops are complemented by great restaurants and wineries.

Tauranga harbour is protected from the ocean by 20 km-long Matakana Island, a stretch of coastline cut off from the mainland by rivers. The harbour is protected at the southern end by Mount Maunganui, an extinct volcanic island that has become joined to the mainland by a sand strip that now holds the popular beach vacation town of the same name.

Accommodation in Tauranga (NZ)

Tauranga has 5-star hotel accommodation and exclusive, luxury lodges. To experience classic kiwi hospitality  on a budget, motel, bed and breakfast (B&B), backpackers and farmstay/homestay accommodation are recommended. A good selection of holiday homes self-contained apartments and cottages can be rented. Campers and motorhome drivers are catered for at holiday parks.

Transport around Tauranga

Tauranga is 2 hours and 30 minutes’ drive from Auckland. Regular coach services connect with all main centres and around the Bay of Plenty.

Tauranga Airport has regular flights to and from most other centres.

Tourist Activities at Tauranga

Enthusiasts of fishing and/or diving can join charter expeditions to some excellent locations, including White Island. Tauranga is also popular for surfing and sailing.

An art gallery, civic museum and aviation museum are interesting indoor attractions.

Tauranga has many fine restaurants and shops

Scenic flights, by aircraft or helicopter, are an exciting way to see the active volcano White Island.

White-water rafting, skydiving, bungee jump and swimming with dolphins are just some of the many adventure tourist activities available from Tauranga.

Golfing is very popular in Tauranga. There are three exceptional courses in the area.

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