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Tauranga | Regional Information | Activity Highlights | Scenic Highlights | History

If you love the ocean, Tauranga will show you a good time. From a gentle stroll along the beach to high excitement on a paraglider, anything is possible in Tauranga.

Tauranga Activity Highlights Overview

Image Source: Tourism New Zealand. Blokarting at Papamoa, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand
Blokarting at Papamoa
Bay of Plenty
Photographer: Chris McLennan
(www.cmphoto.co.nz)

As New Zealand's fifth largest city, Tauranga is full of attractions and things to do. Tauranga offers what most cities do, e.g. shopping and all the sporting and activity places that a city of 120,000 would be expected to have. In addition it enjoys a warm climate being quite far north.

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Marine Activities

Tauranga is built on the coast of the glorious Bay of Plenty, consequently Tauranga enjoys many marine related activities such as diving - Tauranga offers some fascinating diving experiences including diving around the still active White Island volcano. Swimming with Dolphins is another adventure to be found in Tauranga.

Image Source: Tourism New Zealand. Kiwifruit at Te Puke, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand
Sailing Tauranga
Bay of Plenty
Photographer: Chris McLennan
(www.cmphoto.co.nz)
  • Catch a fishing charter to the marlin waters of Mayor Island (Tuhua)
  • Have a dolphin encounter - watching or swimming
  • Sample award winning wines at local wineries
  • Try skydiving or parasailing, or zoom down a dirt track luge
  • Walk around the base of Mount Maunganui 'Mauao' or hike the 1.5 kilometres to its volcanic cone summit
  • Relax at the Mount Maunganui Hot Salt Water Pools

Nature Activities

Tauranga has scores of scenic tracks winding their way through New Zealand's native bush. There you can admire New Zealand's impressive flora and watch and listen to the many native birds in the region.

Thrill Seeking Activities

Tauranga offers some of the ultimate adventures like sky diving and extreme jet boating adventures up the Kaituna River.

At Tauranga you can enjoy challenging four wheel drive adventures through water obstacles and up muddy slopes while taking in the lush scenery, or can go on scenic flights and explore the mysterious Bay of Plenty and the forests and mountain ranges inland.

From Tauranga one can visit the Kaimai Mamaku Forest Park or join an expedition to White Island, New Zealand's only active marine volcano.

Other Activities

Tauranga also enjoys many other attractions such as historical buildings, art galleries and museums all having their own history to tell. Tauranga has game parks and animal parks and much more.

Tauranga Accommodation

Tauranga is a popular tourist destination and offers a wide range of accommodation options:

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