Things to do in  Tauranga

Plenty to do in this bayside city

With a reputation as one of New Zealand’s fastest-growing cities―Tauranga mixes urban innovations with a thirst for adventure. Māori historical sites, art museums, and a dynamic foodie scene pull in the crowds, but some of the best things to do in Tauranga take place outdoors. The city is the cultural and geographic heart of the Bay of Plenty, making it the ideal basecamp for hiking Mount Maunganui, white-water rafting on the Wairoa River, or surfing, kayaking, and kitesurfing at the many beaches.

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Port of Tauranga

Port of Tauranga

Situated in the Bay of Plenty, the Port of Tauranga is one of New Zealand’s busiest cruise hubs. Thanks to a prime location beside the beach town of Mt. Maunganui, the port serves as a jumping-off point for the historic harbor city of Tauranga and the sulfur-scented geothermal springs of Rotorua.More

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All about Tauranga

When to visit

Nestled in the Bay of Plenty, Tauranga boasts one of the warmest climates on the North Island, but the sunny weather comes with its fair share of rain. With an average of 56 inches (1,426 millimeters) of annual rainfall—about 2.5 times that of London—it’s one of New Zealand’s rainiest cities. The wettest months are April and May. For sunny beach weather, make a summer (December-February) visit, or time your trip for the annual National Jazz Festival around Easter.

Getting around

While Tauranga’s compact business district can be explored on foot, you’ll need transportation to see the suburbs of Mount Maunganui, Papamoa, and the Waimapu Estuary. The most scenic way to get around is to rent a bike or e-bike, and Tauranga has more than 50 miles (80 kilometers) of bike paths, including the Omokoroa Coastal Trail. Alternatively, hop on the Baybus, which links downtown with other sites around the Bay.

Traveler tips

Tauranga’s outdoor activities will work up an appetite, but if you also crave a post-effort beer, check out the city’s brew pubs. Microbreweries and craft beer bars have been popping up around the city in recent years, and there’s a Brewbus offering tasting tours. Local favorites include The Rising Tide, which serves Mount Brewing Co. brews, and The Island Brewery, which has a small but varied selection of IPAs and stouts brewed on-site.


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How do I spend a day in Tauranga?

With one day to explore Tauranga, start with a hike to the top of Mount Maunganui, followed by some beach time. Perhaps take a surf class, go kayaking or stand-up paddleboarding, or visit nearby Kaiate Falls before heading into downtown Tauranga to visit Maori heritage site, The Elms.

Is Tauranga, New Zealand, worth visiting?

Yes, Tauranga is one of New Zealand’s fastest-growing cities and the gateway to the Bay of Plenty’s beaches, coastal towns, and hiking trails. Tauranga is home to the much-photographed Mount Maunganui beach, which offers the rare opportunity to swim beneath a beachfront volcano.

What does Tauranga have to offer?

Tauranga’s strategic location on the Bay of Plenty’s west coast offers many opportunities for outdoor adventures. With sandy beaches along both the bay and Tauranga Harbour, you can surf, kitesurf, kayak, and stand-up paddleboard, as well as hike at Mount Maunganui, Kaiate Falls, and Papamoa Hills Regional Park.

Where can I go on a rainy day in Tauranga?

Tauranga’s showers often clear quickly, so don’t call off outdoor activities too soon. Alternatively, popular rainy-day activities include visiting the Mount Hot Pools, shopping at the Bayfair or Tauranga Crossing malls, and exploring cultural sites such as the Tauranga Art Gallery, The Elms, and the Classic Flyers Museum.

What are the top attractions to visit in Tauranga?

Tauranga’s most visited attraction is Mount Maunganui volcano. You can hike to the summit, visit the hot pools, or relax on the sandy Maunganui Beach at its base. Other popular attractions include The Strand waterfront precinct, McLaren Falls, and the Kaimai Mamaku Forest Park.

How many days do you need in Tauranga?

You can explore downtown Tauranga and Mount Maunganui on a day trip, but the coastal city is also a great place to stay while exploring further. With a 3-day or week-long itinerary, you can raft along the Wairoa River, kayak in Tauranga Harbour, or island-hop along the Bay of Plenty.

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