Tauranga is a harbourside city in the Bay of Plenty region on New Zealand’s North Island. It hosts historic buildings like the Elms Mission Station, an 1847 Georgian-style home. A bridge over the harbour connects Tauranga to Mount Maunganui, a beach town with hot saltwater pools and an extinct namesake volcano with winding walking paths. Offshore is the active volcano White Island, accessible by helicopter or boat.
Hit the beach
Tauranga is blessed with a beautiful coastline. White sand beaches and water-based adventures are abundant in its surroundings, with more than enough choices to keep all visitors nice and busy. Mt Maunganui and Papamoa are the local go-tos for keen surfers, swimmers and sun bathers. If you want to head a bit further out, Waihi Beach is another popular option.
Visit Mills reef
Mills Reef is a famous winery and restaurant located in the suburbs of Tauranga city in New Zealand. It is well known for the premier quality wine produced in the region. Mills Reef is considered to be the first stylish winery in New Zealand. Other than the loyal customers, several people visit the attraction to experience the glamour, grandiose, the food and the variety of wine produced at Tauranga. Their products are enjoyed locally as well as globally. This place is an excellent place for a quiet brunch or lunch with family or with a date. Parts of the estate can also be booked for special occasions.
Make sure to check out the street art too
Speaking of street art, Tauranga has seen a surge in colourful murals over recent years. The Bay of Plenty region was already renowned for the murals at neighbouring town of Katikati, but now it’s Tauranga’s turn to get a glimpse of the spotlight. Recently the Paradox Street Art Festival, which ran from March until June 2017, complemented the city’s artistic endeavours by transforming various inner-city walls into vibrant canvasses.
Unwind In The Fernland Spa Pools
Relax in 100% mineral pools for around NZ$13 per person or book yourself a private pool for NZ$14 per 30 minutes. The main pool surrounded by trees is a great place to relax and chat with friends. Fernland Spa also has camping accommodation.
See The Magnificent Kaiate Falls
Kaiate Falls, otherwise known as Te Rerekawau Falls, is just a 30-minute drive from Tauranga. Take a 1-hour loop walk to the upper part of this multi-step waterfall before making its way down to the base of the falls. Check out these 12 Most Wonderful Waterfalls in New Zealand for more unmissable waterfalls. Location: Take State Highway 2 to Kairua then turn onto Welcome Bay Road. Travel 5km then turn on Waitao Road then onto Kaiate Falls Road. Part of the journey is on a gravel road.