Tauranga: the perfect blend of city and laid-back lifestyle

Fast-growing Tauranga is becoming a city to be reckoned with.


From the summit of Mount Maunganui. © Rachel Stewart
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Tuhua Marine Reserve

Tuhua (Mayor Island) is a collapsed volcano on the edge of the continental shelf in the Bay of Plenty region. 

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Western Bay of Plenty: it's the beaches . . .

With no less than 12km of white sandy beach reaching from Mount Maunganui to Papamoa and a wide, welcoming Bay of Plenty coastline that stretches for 125km in total, it sure is hard to beat.

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Tauranga: the perfect blend of city and laid-back lifestyle

Fast-growing Tauranga is becoming a city to be reckoned with.

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Whakaari White Island: a moonscape of volcanic desolation

Volcanoes are a bit like big dogs.

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Mauao Mount Maunganui: holiday hotspot

The proper Maori name of Mauao — or ‘the Mount’, as most New Zealanders tend to call it these days — has a certain poetry that ‘Maunganui’ (‘big hill’) does not.

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Must-do surf breaks

Mad-keen surfer Paul Hersey chooses five of the best surf beaches for Kiwis.

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Loved by the locals: Western Bay of Plenty

Do what the locals do in Western Bay of Plenty.

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Loved by the locals: Tauranga

Do what the locals do in Tauranga.

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Loved by the locals: Tauranga – from arcades to malls

Do what the locals do when shopping in Tauranga.

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Loved by the locals: Tauranga food and drink

Do what the locals do for food and drink in Tauranga.

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Loved by the locals: Western Bay of Plenty – from arcades to malls

Do what the locals do when it comes to shopping in the Western Bay of Plenty region. 

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Loved by the locals: Western Bay of Plenty food and drink

Eat and drink like the locals do in the Western Bay of Plenty.

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Motels (Self-Contained)

Driftsand Boutique Accommodation

Driftsand Boutique Accommodation is nestled along the surf beach of West End Ohope. This part of the beach is wonderfully sheltered and warm, along...

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Papamoa Beach Resort

Range of accommodation includes beachfront villas with 180-degree ocean views, park motels, holiday units, cabins, motorhome, caravan and camping s...

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From $130

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Calais Mount Resort

Calais Mount Resort, superior beach holiday accommodation. Self-contained and serviced apartments from studios, 1, 2 and some 2 bedroom with conser...

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From $130

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Atlas Suites & Apartments

Contemporary styled, professionally managed, fully equipped self-contained suites and apartments, unique atrium garden. Complex is smoke-free. Stud...

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