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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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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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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Bay Palm Motel Visit website

Wayne & Tracey welcome you to Mount Maunganui in the sunny Bay of Plenty to their "piece of paradise by the sea", where you can . . . 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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Ocean Waves Motel Visit website

A warm and friendly welcome awaits you from the owners and their family at Ocean Waves Motel & Apartment Complex. Mount Maunganui is the mega . . . More . . . 

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Beachpoint Apartments Visit website

Ohope resort-style accommodation. Our beachfront apartments are 1 and 2-bedroom, self-serviced with full kitchens, microwave, dishwasher, wastemaster, own laundry, phone, Sky TV, DVD and CD . . . 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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Pacific Coast Lodge & Backpackers Visit website

The friendly team at Pacific Coast Lodge are able to give genuine advice and offer great deals on the range of activities and adventures to . . . More . . . 

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Activities

Must-do surf breaks

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

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Sapphire Springs Holiday Park & Thermal Pools Visit website

A family owned holiday park set in 32 hectares of beautiful native forest at the foot of the Kaimai Ranges. A haven in the bush . . . 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 . . . 

Cortez Motel Visit website

15 ground-floor units serviced daily. 12 studio units and 3 family units. Some units have microwaves and spa baths. All units have 32' flat screen . . . More . . . 

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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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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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