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The City of Tauranga is the biggest centre in the Bay of Plenty for fun, sun and outdoor activities. Book a bus with us to enjoy Tauranga. Tauranga harbour stretches from the tidal suburb of Welcome Bay all the way up to Waihi Beach providing safe swimming, sailing, fishing and long stretches of sheltered beaches. Tauranga is no slouch when it comes to entertainment, dining options and live theatre with regular events of all shapes and sizes on the yearly calendar.
Tauranga attractions and activities include outdoor adventure sports such as blo karting, kayaking, deep-sea fishing and white water rafting. The region has a growing art and craft scene, wineries, scenic walks and museums to explore. The temperate climate provides perfect conditions for a large majority of orchards, small farms and a good selection of stunning gardens to visit. You can buy fresh fruit and vegetables from the many roadside stalls along your way. Tauranga has enough bars, cafes and restaurants to keep you satisfied as well as a good range of specialty stores and boutique shops to help contain the inner shopaholic.
Local accommodation varies from budget motels through to luxurious waterfront apartments with sweeping harbour views and the seaside holiday destination of Mount Maunganui is a short drive across the bridge. Here you will find coastal scenic walks, gentle rolling surf breaks, white sandy beaches and eclectic shopping. High rise apartments and hotels provide accommodation in a relaxed atmosphere within a close walk to restaurants and bars. At the base of Mount Maunganui, you can relax in the natural hot pools or stroll down to the serene pilot bay for a family picnic.
The marine reserve of Mayor Island is a great place to go for scenic walks and has excellent diving conditions. As well as the hot pools at Mount Maunganui, Tauranga has a choice of two hot pool complexes set in leafy surrounds to ease the aches and pains of all the outdoor activities.
Tauranga is a good jumping off point to go to the Coromandel.