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23 Best Tauranga Attractions Every Tourist Must See

On the coast of the Bay of Plenty, in New Zealand, is a harbour city called Tauranga.

Top Tauranga Attractions.

A bridge joins Tauranga to ‘The Mount’, the local nickname for the popular Mount Maunganui. The beach is a hot spot for locals and visitors alike. The Mountain itself also has some popular walkways, especially the Summit Track. Great views of the city and shoreline.

Kids & Family

Kids will adore having a day at Waimarino Adventure Park, a park based on kayaking and water sports. There are a number of exciting things to do here, but the obvious pick is the kayak trip in a glow worm cave. Or take the kids on a Dolphin Seafari, and let them swim with wild dolphins off the coast in the warm sea waters of the Bay of Plenty. Perhaps they would enjoy spending time with the animals at Marshalls Animal Park.

Shopping

There are a number of novelty and souvenir shops in Tauranga that are worth a visit. Check out the Pohutukawa Gallery. For local art look to the Tauranga Art Gallery.

Day Tours

Take a drive up the Coromandel Peninsula. Find some lovely beach resorts and the famous Hot Water Beach. Cathedral Cove has some scenes often seen on local calendars. Head east to Whakatane and take a cruise to White Island, an active volcano and walk on the slopes amid volcanic dust.

23 Most Popular Attractions in Tauranga

1. Adrenalin Forest

  • Adult $42; Child $35
  • Adrenalin Forest 18 Whataroa road, Upper Pyes PA Road, Tect All Terrain Park, Tauranga 6001, New Zealand
  • Daily 10am-2pm

2. Omokoroa Kiwi Holiday Park

  • Varies on the room from $45-$92
  • Omokoroa Kiwi Holiday Park, Omokoroa Road, Omokoroa, New Zealand
  • Daily 8:30am-9:30pm

3. Mills Reef Winery & Restaurant

  • $7.50
  • Mills Reef Winery & Restaurant, Moffat Road, Tauranga, New Zealand
  • Daily Brunch 9:30am; Lunch from 11:30am; Tasting room 10am-5pm

4. Mount Maunganui Beach

  • Free
  • Mount Maunganui Beach, New Zealand
  • Daily 10am-5pm
  • 2

5. Baywave TECT Aquatic & Leisure Centre

  • Varies on the membership
  • Baywave TECT Aquatic & Leisure Centre, Tauranga, New Zealand
  • Mon-Fri 6am-9pm; Sat-Sun 7am-7pm

6. Hobbiton

  • Tours from $79 NZ
  • Hobbiton Movie Set, Buckland Road, Matamata, Waikato, New Zealand
  • Daily 9am-3:30pm
  • Website

7. Katikati Bird Gardens

  • Adults $10; Child $6
  • Katikati Bird Gardens, Aongatete, New Zealand
  • September-May Daily 10am-4.30pm
  • 1

8. Waimarino Adventure Park

  • Adult $21-$42; Child $16-$32
  • Waimarino Adventure Park, Taniwha Place, Tauranga, New Zealand
  • Daily 10am-5pm

9. Brew Craft Beer Pub

  • Adult $20
  • Brew Craft Beer Pub, The Strand, Tauranga, New Zealand
  • Mon-Sun 11am til late

10. Capri On Pilot Bay Apartments

  • Free
  • Capri On Pilot Bay Apartments, 5 The Mall, Mount Maunganui, Tauranga, 3116, New Zealand
  • Daily

11. Yatton Park

  • Free
  • Yatton Park, Tauranga, New Zealand
  • Open 24 hours

12. Marshalls Animal Park

  • Adult $13; Child $7
  • Marshalls Animal Park, Omanawa, Bay Of Plenty, New Zealand
  • Mon, Tues, Fri, Sat, Sun 10am-4:30pm; Wed & Thur 10am-2pm

13. Mount Tutu Eco-Sanctuary

  • Varies from $60-$120
  • 1190 Ohauiti Rd, R.D. 3, Tauranga 3173, New Zealand
  • By appointment

14. Dolphin Seafaris

  • Adults $150; Child $110
  • Dolphin Seafaris NZ, Mount Maunganui, New Zealand
  • Daily 8am-5:30pm

15. Game On Activities

  • From $12.50-$15
  • 99 Warner Road, Oropi, Bay Of Plenty, New Zealand
  • 10am-12pm or 2pm-4pm. Booking essential

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