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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Summit Motor Lodge Visit website

25 spacious self-catering studios, 1 and 2-bedroom units, spa baths available in some units, upper-floor units with views of Mount Maunganui and Tauranga Harbour. . . . More . . . 

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Mauao Mount Maunganui: the view worth the climb

Savour the view from the summit or revel in the glorious beaches around the base track of this sacred maunga. Read the story . . . 

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Mt Maunganui Beachside Holiday Park Visit website

A unique camping ground in the beautiful Bay of Plenty on both ocean and harbour beaches. Spend your days lazing on the magnificent beach, or . . . More . . . 

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White Island Whakaari: for live volcanic activity at sea

Experience the thrill of exploring New Zealand's most active, submerged volcano.  Read the story . . . 

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Atlas Suites & Apartments Visit website

Contemporary styled, professionally managed, fully equipped self-contained suites and apartments, unique atrium garden. Complex is smoke-free. Studios, access, one, two and three-bedroom. . . . More . . . 

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Ōhope Beach: for any beach-related activity you can think of

Jump waves, body surf or swim, then dig your toes into the sand for tuatua on this long golden-sand stretch of loveliness.  Read the story . . . 

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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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Road trips

Campervanning: the spontaneous way to travel

If the idea of a guided tour brings you out in spots, you’ll be wanting to bring yourself to the spots you most want to see. 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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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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Pacific Palms Resort Visit website

Pacific Palms Resort offers 1, 2 and 3-bedroom fully self-contained apartments all with good-size balconies or patio areas providing privacy and views of the lush, . . . 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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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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850 Cameron Motel Visit website

TAURANGA'S NEWEST MOTEL - Opened in 2014. Excellent location, Excellent Service and all brand new amenities! A great sleep - top of the range beds . . . 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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