Find a Land of Plenty Beside the Bay of Plenty

Situated in the heart of the sunniest region of the North Island, Tauranga is a popular seaside getaway for locals and visitors alike. Initially settled by the Māori in the 13th century, the Bay of Plenty area has an abundance of things to see and do.

Relax on one of the many golden beaches that make this area popular with surfers, sailors, and divers. Venture out on the water for dolphin watching, or even a jet boat ride if you have a need for speed. Grab a bite to eat and a refreshing glass of New Zealand vino on the Strand—a waterfront area is filled with restaurants, cafés, and pubs, which is also the perfect location for people watching.

Head just outside of town to the site of Te Puia, which includes a thermal valley, the Pohutu geyser, mud pool, and the Pikirangi Māori village. Soak your tired limbs in the rejuvenating thermal pools and then learn more about Māori culture at the carving and weaving schools. And if you’re timing is right, you just might get to witness the spectacular sight of the Pohutu geyser shooting nearly 100 feet into the sky.

MOUNT MAUNGANUI BEACH

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MOUNT MAUNGANUI BEACH

MOUNT MAUNGANUI BEACH

Known as simply “the Mount” to locals, Mount Maunganui is home to a spectacular beach nestled at the southern end of Tauranga harbor. The sheltered inner bay offers warm waters and white sandy beaches, while the ocean side is a surfers’ paradise.

KAIMAI MAMAKU FOREST PARK

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KAIMAI MAMAKU FOREST PARK

KAIMAI MAMAKU FOREST PARK

Located in the Kaimai mountain range, the natural park is part of a natural barrier between the Bay of Plenty and Waikato regions. With over 200 miles of hiking and walking trails, nature lovers will find plenty of local flora and fauna to observe.

KAIATA FALLS

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KAIATA FALLS

KAIATA FALLS

Also known as Te Rerekawau Falls, this hidden gem offers spectacular hiking and peaceful surroundings. The falls are located in a forest reserve near Tauranga and feature a series of nine beautiful cascades. There are several well-marked trails for hikers and walkers of all abilities.

Tauranga, New Zealand At a glance

Current Weather:
17°C / 63 °F
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19°
Fri
18°
Sat
19°
12°
Sun
17°
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Current Time:
4:39:24 pm2017/04/26 16:39:24 pm
NZST
Wednesday, April 26
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UTC/GMT +12:00
Currency:
New Zealand Dollar
Exchange Rates:
  • 0.69
  • 0.94
  • 0.54
  • 0.92
  • 0.64
  • 44.71
  • 2.18
  • 13.11
Local Details:
GPS: 37°41'24"S 176°15'0"E
Size: 168.00 KM2 (64.87 MI2)
Population: 127,700
Density: 760 Pop/KM2 (293 Pop/MI2)
Country Code: +64

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