Tauranga is the largest city in the Coastal Bay of Plenty and is home to approximately 140,000 people. The sprawling city is virtually surrounded by water – locals’ lives consist of fishing, diving, swimming and simply enjoying the stunning views from almost every corner.
Effortlessly connected to the rest of the country, Tauranga is an easy 3 hour drive from Auckland, 1 hour 30 minutes from Hamilton and 45 minutes from Rotorua. There are also direct flights into Tauranga Airport from Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.
From high-end hotels to beachfront holiday parks and everything in between, there’s a huge variety of accommodation options in Tauranga. The beachfront Cutters Cove Resort Apartments is a truly stylish and spacious home away from home, or if hotel stays are more your thing the 4.5 star Trinity Wharf Hotel is located over Tauranga Harbour. For a piece of history and style, the boutique Clarence Tauranga dates back to the early 1900’s and sits within the walls of Tauranga’s historic post office.
For family camping getaways, Mount Maunganui Beachside Holiday Park sits at the base of Mauao whilst Pāpāmoa Beach Resort is situated on the absolute beachfront of Pāpāmoa Beach.
More options on where to stay in the Bay can be found here.
The Bay of Plenty is renowned for its plentiful produce and seafood. Local establishments take full advantage of these fresh ingredients and there is no shortage of world-class dining options to enjoy. From cheap eats and local breweries to waterfront dining, Tauranga knows how to do delicious.
Find out where to eat and drink in the Bay here.
A long-time favourite holiday destination and home to some of the most pristine beaches in New Zealand, visitors to Tauranga are warmly welcomed and made to feel at home as locals extend their manaakitanga (hospitality) to all. From exploring our big, blue backyard on a kayak, paddle board or surf board, enjoying our many walking and cycling tracks through to day trips and unique experiences, you won’t be short of things to do during your stay in the Bay.
Find out more about our local experiences here.