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Tauranga

The City of Tauranga is the biggest centre in the Bay of Plenty for fun, sun and outdoor activities. Tauranga harbour stretches from the tidal suburb of Welcome Bay all the way up to Waihi Beach providing safe swimming, sailing, fishing and long stretches of sheltered beaches. Tauranga is no slouch when it comes to entertainment, dining options and live theatre with regular events of all shapes and sizes on the yearly calendar.

Tauranga attractions and activities include outdoor adventure sports such as blo karting, kayaking, deep sea fishing and white water rafting. The region has a growing art and craft scene, wineries, scenic walks and museums to explore. The temperate climate provides perfect conditions for a large majority of orchards, small farms and a good selection of stunning gardens to visit. You can buy fresh fruit and vegetables from the many roadside stalls along your way. Tauranga has enough bars, cafes and restaurants to keep you satisfied as well as a good range of specialty stores and boutique shops to help contain the inner shopaholic.

Local accommodation varies from budget motels through to luxurious waterfront apartments with sweeping harbour views. he seaside holiday destination of Mount Maunganui is a short drive across the bridge. Here you will find coastal scenic walks, gentle rolling surf breaks, white sandy beaches and eclectic shopping. High rise apartments and hotels provide accommodation in a relaxed atmosphere within a close walk to restaurants and bars. At the base of Mount Maunganui you can relax in the natural hot pools or stroll down to serene pilot bay for a family picnic. Tauranga tours will take you everywhere you want to go including guided horse riding treks, Maori culture tours and cruises out to swim with the dolphins.

The marine reserve of Mayor Island is a great place to go for scenic walks and has excellent diving conditions. As well as the hot pools at Mount Maunganui, Tauranga has a choice of two hot pool complexes set in leafy surrounds to ease the aches and pains of all the outdoor activities. The domestic airport provides intercity and scenic flights and the Tauranga transport system is comprehensive. The live volcano of White Island is accessible from Whakatane, a short drive down the coast and the lively tourist Mecca of Rotorua is only an hour away. Tauranga is central to many New Zealand attractions and is one of the few places you can go deep sea fishing in the Bay of Plenty and hunting all in one day.