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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White Island Rendezvous Visit website

Nestled between the Whakatane River and a Pohutukawa tree lined escarpment lies White Island Rendezvous. Whether you're travelling for leisure or in Whakatane on business, . . . More . . . 

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Hot Water Beach: dig your own spa pool

The entire eastern coastline of the Coromandel Peninsula is studded with jewel-like beaches. The sand is white, the pohutukawa crimson, the water warm and clear . . . What, you ask, could be nicer? Read the story . . . 

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Cobblestone Court Motel Visit website

Welcome to our place at Tauranga, Bay of Plenty! Newly refurbished, self-contained units set in spacious grounds. New 32" Freeview HD TV's with Sky channels. . . . More . . . 

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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. Read the story . . . 

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Mission Belle Motel Visit website

Nate and Emma welcome you to New Zealand's premier beach resort. Mount Maunganui is nationally and internationally famed as a holiday destination for its white . . . More . . . 

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Livingston Motel Visit website

15 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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Te Urewera: the national park that isn’t

Te Urewera, the mountainous homeland of Ngai Tuhoe, the Children of the Mist, spent 60 years as a national park — a brief period really, explains Toi Iti, considering the place still holds evidence of its seabed origins millions of years earlier. Read the story . . . 

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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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Must-do surf breaks

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

Writer and passionate sailor Sarah Ell thinks we should all dedicate some time to messing about in boats this summer . . .  Read the story . . . 

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The Reef Beachfront Apartments Visit website

Luxury 2 and 3 bedroom large self-contained apartments (all with 2 bathrooms). Wonderful sea views from the upper levels, outdoor furniture on huge balconies. . . . More . . . 

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Fountain Court Motel Visit website

Fountain Court Motel is located on the harbour edge with breathtaking views; the complex is set in a park-like atmosphere, quiet and peaceful.Free Unlimited Wi-Fi. . . . More . . . 

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Our isolated marine reserves

As well as New Zealand's mainland marine reserves, there are also four reserves in the Subantarctic Islands, one in the Kermadecs to the north of New Zealand and one at Volkner Rocks in the Bay of Plenty. These reserves can only be accessed via boat and some require special permits. Read the story . . . 

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