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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Barringtons Motor Lodge Visit website

Welcome to Whakatane. Barringtons is a modern, spacious motel with all ground-floor units. The motel offers all the facilities you have come to expect plus more. . . . 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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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

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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Asure Kaimai View Motel & Motor Lodge Visit website

Just 5 minutes’ drive from Tauranga Harbour, Asure Kaimai View Motel features free a solar-heated pool, BBQ facilities and 500 MB of free WiFi per . . . More . . . 

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Awakeri Hot Springs Holiday Park Visit website

16km from Whakatane on the main Rotorua/Whakatane highway. Set in an established bush setting. 109 power caravan sites (all with on-site water and waste services), . . . 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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