Tauranga is New Zealand’s no.1 summer holiday destination and it has been for many years. With its temperate climate, geographic location, white sand beaches and laid back approach, it’s little wonder really.
Being a consistently sunny city with a beach just a 2 minute walk east of the harbour opens up a plethora of water-based activities.
Since the 1960s the Mount has been a Kiwi surfing mecca and renowned for its friendly beach break waves, as opposed to those of a more wild nature associated with the rocky West Coast.
As far as surfing spots go, you’ve got the ‘blowhole’ at the main beach as well as popular beach breaks at Tay Street and Omanu and also Papamoa.
Glow Worm Kayak Tour
When people think glow worms in New Zealand they immediately think Waimtomo Glowworm Caves. However, if you're heading to Tauranga for a holiday you'll be very pleased to know that you can experience the magic of glow worms right here in Tauranga at Waimarino Kayak Tours
Part of Waimarino Group, this business operates a glow worm night tour
on the edge of Lake McLaren, as well as glow worm tour in Rotorua
on the beautiful Lake Rotoiti. Talk to the team at Waimarino Kayak Tours about their glow worm tours today.
The predominantly warmer waters of the East coast of the North Island, ensures that fishing enthusiast numbers are always on the rise.
In Tauranga it’s a recreational pastime to fish from a kayak or boat or even off the rocks of Leisure Island. There are close to a dozen fishing charter companies operating in Tauranga who often venture out towards Mayor Island for big game fishing.
If you do fish in the area, you can expect to catch fish species such as Kingfish, Snapper, Gunard and Tarakihi, plus many others.
Up in the Sky
The spectacular scenery that surrounds the coastal region of Tauranga makes for highly enjoyable activities in the air.
For the more sedate types there are scenic flights
on helicopters through Aerius Helicopters
that leave Tauranga airport. This helicopter flight and tour company also operates White Island tours ex Tauranga
at very affordable prices, including the White Island flight and tour and just the flight only.
Activities such as glider flights and Gyroplanes treat those looking for something a little more left field and then for the adrenaline junkies there is always tandem sky diving.
Getting Married in Tauranga
If you're considering Tauranga as the destination of choice for your wedding then you won't be disappointed. Boasting one of New Zealand's sunniest and most temperate climates and multiple tranquil locations, Tauranga is one of the most popular locations to tie the knot. With it comes an array of fantastic Tauranga wedding venues, including Waverly on Wairoa, a stunning river setting set in the countryside, along with other wedding reception and venue options including Mills Reef Winery, Olive Tree Cottage, Fountain Gardens and Eagle Ridge - just to name a few.
There are also some quality wedding DJ hire providers in the area to ensure your wedding party has the greatest time.
Waverly on Wairoa
Wedding Venue, Tauranga, Bay of Plenty
Shopping in Tauranga
Tauranga's city centre was once upon a time the place to shop for just about everything. However, much has changed over the past 10 years, with most people buying their shoes, clothing, gift boxes
and other goods at either Bayfair Shopping Centre or in downtown Mount Maunganui. The bulk of health service providers are also located in Tauranga, including Tauranga dentists
, medical centres and optometrists.
There are also thriving shopping areas in Bethlehem, Gate Pa, Papamoa and Greerton that include all of the best Tauranga florists
, restaurants, cafes and other amenities.