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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Gateway Motor Inn

Located on the main road to Mount Maunganui, Gateway Motor Inn is handily situated close to Baypark Stadium, Bayfair Shopping Centre, Tauranga Airport. . . . 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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Pacific Palms Resort

Pacific Palms Resort is the ideal place to stay for a family holiday, from just a few days to a week or more. . . . 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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Harbour City Motor Inn

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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Cottage Park Thermal Motel

Hot thermal pools and spas. Pet Friendly Grant and Judy assure you that you will receive a warm friendly welcome, have a comfortable stay and . . . 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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Summit Motor Lodge

25 spacious self-catering studios, 1 and 2-bedroom units, spa baths available in some units, upper-floor units with views of Mount Maunganui and Tauranga Harbour. . . . 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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Atlas Suites & Apartments

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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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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Harbourside City Backpackers

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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Amber Court Motel Whakatane

9 ground-floor units, air-conditioned/heatpumps, 1 wheelchair friendly unit. Sky Digital Channels. Free internet. Handy to town, public hospital, war memorial complex, sports centre and over . . . 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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