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

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


View from the top of Mount Maunganui. © Steve Clancy Photography
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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 coastline that stretches for 125km, 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, comprising the perfect blend of city and laidback lifestyle.

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Whakaari White Island: a moonscape of volcanic desolation

Some volcanoes are stroppier than others. A stroll on Mount Eden, for example, feels safe. A poke around on the flanks of Whakaari — White Island — by contrast, does not writes John McCrystal. 

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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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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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Must-do surf breaks

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