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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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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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 . . . 

Ohope Beach TOP 10 Holiday Park Visit website

Absolute beachfront at Ohope Beach, with Ohiwa Harbour on the other side of the road. Set amongst 23 acres of mature trees. . . . 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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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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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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Must-do surf breaks

We've picked five of New Zealand's 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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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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Harbour City Motor Inn Visit website

Most central Motel in the Tauranga CBD - Tauranga Harbourcity is Qualmark 4-star plus, the closest motel to the CBD and Baycourt Theatre; 4km to . . . More . . . 

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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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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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