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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Papamoa Beach Resort Visit website

Range of accommodation includes beachfront villas with 180-degree ocean views, park motels, holiday units, cabins, motorhome, caravan and camping sites. Enjoy the safe surf beach, . . . More . . . 

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Natural attractions

Hot Water Beach: dig your own spa pool

Drop into Hot Water Beach, a few kilometres down the coast from Whitianga and remember to take a spade: the bucket is optional, but a garden spade or contractor’s shovel is not. Read the story . . . 

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Harbourside City Backpackers Visit website

Harbourside City Backpacker’s is right on the waterfront in downtown Tauranga with the BEST views in town of the harbour. We are the only Tauranga . . . More . . . 

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Mauao Mount Maunganui: holiday hotspot

The proper Māori 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. Read the story . . . 

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Livingston Motel Visit website

5 spacious, modern units, recently refurbished with new beds throughout. 11 of the units have large, private spa pools, individually filled and controlled, and all . . . More . . . 

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Experience Comvita Visit website

Experience Comvita; A unique NZ story. Share Nature - Share Life. Comvita is a NZ based global natural health company committed to the development of . . . More . . . 

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Natural attractions

Te Urewera: the national park that isn’t

Te Urewera, the mountainous homeland of Ngāi Tūhoe, spent 60 years as a national park – a brief period considering the place has evidence of its seabed origins millions of years earlier. Read the story . . . 

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Tourist Court Motel Visit website

9 spacious clean units. 4 ground-floor studios, 4 x 1 bedroom (2 ground-floor) and 1 x 2 bedroom unit. Serviced daily. . . . More . . . 

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Must-do surf breaks

We've picked five of New Zealand's best surf beaches for Kiwis. Read the story . . . 

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Aquarius Motor Inn Visit website

Aquarius Motor Inn - Mount Maunganui is located in a quiet part of town but close to beach, opposite Blake Park. . . . More . . . 

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Activities

Boating: Kiwis on the water

Going to the beach, lake or river for a splash is so commonplace in New Zealand, we seldom spare a thought for those in land-locked in places, thousands of kilometres from the shore. Read the story . . . 

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Asure Kaimai View Motel & Motor Lodge Visit website

Just 5 minutes’ drive from Tauranga Harbour, Asure Kaimai View Motel features free a solar-heated pool, BBQ facilities and 500 MB of free WiFi per . . . More . . . 

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Amber Court Motel Whakatane Visit website

9 ground-floor units, air-conditioned/heatpumps, 1 wheelchair friendly unit. Sky Digital Channels. Free internet. Handy to town, public hospital, war memorial complex, sports centre and over . . . More . . . 

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Our isolated marine reserves

Alongside New Zealand's mainland marine reserves, there are four remote reserves which can only be accessed via boat and some require special permits... Read the story . . . 

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