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Tauranga is the largest city on the beautiful Bay of Plenty, growing larger and richer by the day because of its busy port. But it’s not industry which shapes this city these days, it’s beach seeking holidaymakers. The waterfront is a wonderfully modern collection of bars, restaurants and hotels - and this is where you’ll find some of the best places to stay in Tauranga.
Tauranga’s five kilometre long harbour is protected by Matakana Island, and the city’s name comes from the Māori meaning ‘sheltered anchorage’. It is the beautiful, sheltered beaches which are making the city grow.
Most of the best beaches are around Mount Maunganui, which is by the harbour mouth. They’re loved by surfers and divers as well as those looking for sunshine and sand.
Have a walk up Mount Maunganui, which ends in a great lookout.
There’s a lot more to do here beside relax on the beaches or in a waterfront bar, though. You should definitely take a trip out to White Island, an active volcano just waiting to blow. You have to wear a mask and a hardhat, and climb a steep ladder and walk on rusty bridges, but it’s worth it to walk on a real live volcano.
Tauranga also has a great art gallery and a spooky old fort, dating from the Maori wars, called Monmouth Redoubt.
What not to miss:
- Take a hike up up Mount Maunganui and enjoy the spectacular views.
- Lounge on the large swathes of white sand beach.
- Grab a board and try your hand at surfing.
- Walk across seemingly perilous bridges on White Island, an active volcano.
The city is a very popular destination, so if you want to ensure a bed in one of the best places to stay in Tauranga, get organised and book early.
The best places to stay in Tauranga
For seaside views
Trinity Wharf Tauranga is right on the water front, with a private pontoon and an infinity pool overlooking the bay. There are 120 rooms and self-catering apartments, which are bright and airy, with all the mod. cons.. It feels seaside-y, but is also great for the city.
For an apartment or lodge
If you've decided that a self catering property would be more suitable for your holiday, then we recommend you visit our online booking partner Booking.com where they have a wide selection for all tastes and budgets.
Tauranga also has a domestic airport with regular Air New Zealand direct flights from Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.
Best time to visit - Tauranga is a year round destination. January - March is when temperatures peak at around 24°C.
If you plan to hire a car, we recommend you visit our online partner Holiday Autos for the best prices.
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Best Hotels in Tauranga
Trinity Wharf Tauranga 122 rooms from $130Tauranga
An urban retreat on the waterfront of Tauranga with a private pontoon and outdoor infinity pool. Bright contemporary rooms and self-catering apartments are available with private balconies and top amenities. A great base for exploring the city and surrounding area.Views - Wonderful views over the Bay of PlentyOutstanding location - Stunning waterfront locationSwimming Pool - Outdoor infinity poolLocal markets - Good for local colour.