Tauranga, which means ‘place of anchorage’ in te reo Māori, is known for its blue skies, sparkling harbour and laid-back lifestyle. While the long stretches of beaches and sun make it great place to relax and recharge, it’s also Aotearoa’s fastest-growing city and there’s plenty to keep you busy.
The city and wider Bay of Plenty region have an abundance of outdoor adventures to enjoy, including thousands of kilometres of walking and cycling trails with stunning scenery. You can’t miss our great Mauao (Mount Maunganui) perched at the tip of the peninsula — a walk to the summit is an absolute must!
Our famous beaches are worth a visit, even over the colder months. Mount Main Beach, Papamoa Beach and Pilot Bay have all been voted among the top ten best beaches in Aotearoa New Zealand. After your stroll by the sea, it’s worth visiting some of Mount Maunganui’s boutique shops and great cafes. For days that are a little chilly, head to Mount Hot Pools to warm up in one of the only hot ocean water complexes in the world!
The city centre, which overlooks Awanui Tauranga Harbour, hosts some of the city’s best eateries and bars. Watch the sunset over the water while the kids play on the Waterfront Playground or do bombs from the wharf (a favourite with the locals!). Tauranga Art Gallery also sits in the city centre and is full of inspiring artwork from leading local, national, and international artists.
A wide range of impressive events and festivals are also held in the city, including the National Jazz Festival and the Tauranga Arts Festival.