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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Westhaven Motel Visit website

LOCATION LOCATION LOCATION. Mt Maunganui's only motel on Pilot Bay! Superb harbour views, opposite safe swimming beach. 7 x 1-bedroom and 2 x 2-bedroom large . . . 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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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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Things to do

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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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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Calais Mount Resort Visit website

Calais Mount Resort, superior beach holiday accommodation. Self-contained and serviced apartments from studios, 1, 2 and some 2 bedroom with conservatory which can close off . . . 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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From $140
Beach House Motel Visit website

Architecturally designed motel situated on Mount Maunganui/Papamoa Beach boundary, midway between Bayfair and Palm Beach Plaza. Short 5-minute walk to Ocean Beach. . . . 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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From $120
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Bennetts Tauranga Motor Inn Visit website

Tauranga Motel Accomodation New Zealand offering PRIVATE HOT THERMAL POOLS AND AFFORDABLE RATES.... Our motel is your Tauranga home with our acclaimed private thermal pools, . . . 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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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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Alton Lodge Motel Visit website

A cosy family friendly motel which is within walking distance of the town centre. One of the two motels in Whakatane with a pool, ours . . . 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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