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Tauranga

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Popular things to do in Tauranga

Hiking Trail
Mount Maunganui Summit Track Mount Maunganui
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Duration: 1h 30 min
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Dolphin / Whale Watching
Bay Explorer Island & Wildlife Cruise
4.8
Duration: 8 hours
Waterfall
McLaren Falls Park
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
Hiking Trail
Mount Maunganui Base Track Mount Maunganui
4.9
Duration: 1 hour
The largest city in the Bay of Plenty, Tauranga features extensive sandy beaches, well-maintained hiking paths, and a good range of accommodations. Naturally, the top things to do in Tauranga cluster around its modern waterfront, with plenty of dolphin-spotting, sailing, and diving excursions. After a busy day, rest up in one of the town's many bars and restaurants. Head inland for eco-friendly tours of native forests and hills, and to snap photographs of one of Tauranga's many impressive waterfalls. With our online itinerary creator, New Zealand vacations can be built around trips to Tauranga and other destinations in New Zealand.

Hidden gems in Tauranga

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Water Park
Waimarino Adventure Park
4.6
Duration: 8 hours
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Beach
Mt Maunganui Main Beach Mount Maunganui
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Duration: 2 hours
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Swim with Dolphins
Orca Wild Adventures
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Duration: 4 hours
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Nature / Wildlife Tour
Cruise Tauranga
5.0
Duration: 8 hours

Side trips from Tauranga

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Zipline
Zipline Rotorua
4.7
Duration: 3 hours
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Landmark
Hobbiton Movie Set Hinuera
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
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Adrenaline / Extreme Tour
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours Taupo
4.9
Duration: 3 hours
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Hot Spring
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland Rotorua
4.5
Duration: 2 hours

Nature in Tauranga

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Waterfall
Kaiate Falls
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Duration: 2 hours
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Island
Moturiki Island Mount Maunganui
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
Water Body
Waikareao Estuary
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
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Hot Spring
Omokoroa Thermal Holiday Park
4.4
Duration: 2 hours

Wildlife in Tauranga

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Wildlife Area
Marshalls Animal Park
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
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Scuba / Snorkeling
Dive Zone Tauranga
4.4
Duration: 4 hours
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Swim with Dolphins
Dolphin Seafaris Mount Maunganui
4.1
Duration: 4 hours
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Wildlife Area
Gordon Carmichael Reserve
4.3
Duration: 2 hours

Kid-friendly things to do in Tauranga

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Beach
Pilot Bay Mount Maunganui
4.8
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Theme Park
Adrenalin Forest Bay of Plenty
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
Water Park
Waterworld
2.8
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Movie / TV Tour
Custom Day Tours NZ
4.9
Duration: 8 hours
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Hot Spring
Te Puia Rotorua
4.4
Duration: 2h 30 min
Waterfall
Huka Falls Walkway Taupo
4.7
Duration: 1h 30 min
Beer Tasting / Tour
Brewbus
5.0
Duration: 4 hours

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Where to stay in Tauranga

Ample accommodations are available for visitors of all persuasions in Tauranga. From cost-effective suburban motels and backpacker haunts to boutique hotels with great sea views, the town lives up to its reputation as a good place to bed down while exploring the Bay of Plenty area. As in many places, the general rule is that the closer you get to the waterfront, the more expensive and luxurious the lodgings.
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